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ID request: BB Fecal smear?

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  1. hammet

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Tue Sep 12 2017 19:02:55
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    Hi everyone, I just moved in to my new apartment and I woke up with three bites along my waist. There's a history of bed bugs in the city I live in so naturally I am panicking, could barely focus on my work. Before I stripped my sheets and tossed it in the wash, I found a couple smears and a ball of something that might be bb feces. If anyone could help IDing this would be so so so appreciated!!
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    I accidentally broke the suspected ball of BB poop but that's what it looks like all crumbled up:

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    Wed Sep 13 2017 5:21:35
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    Hi,

    The first image is too red and too diffuse to be bed bug faecal.

    The second image is not consistent with bed bug faecal in its fine appearance, it was deposited in a more solid than liquid state.

    Please have a look at the reference images in the blood spots on sheets primer. It really helps to understand the fine detail of bed bugs in a "knowledge is power" kind of way, if for no other reason than being able to know what to be concerned over and what to post for confirmation if you are not sure.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Sun Sep 17 2017 18:28:32
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    Hi David,

    Thanks for your reply. I had a confirmed case of bedbugs after a bed bug canine inspection - the dog found it in the plastic which my new mattress came in. The handler then confirmed it by finding bed bug casing. We suspect that the people delivering the mattress must have picked up the bugs.

    I threw out the plastic and bought a mattress encasement. The dog and handler couldn't find it anywhere else. Does that mean I'm good with just the encasement? I already threw all the bedding and clothes I sleep in into the a high temp dryer and put the comforter in a garbage bag. What other precautions should I take?

    (also. I haven't been bitten in a week but I assume it's because it isn't feeding time yet)

    Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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    Mon Sep 18 2017 10:53:44
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    Hi,

    It may be that the infestation you had is not resolved through physical removal.

    The long term solution comes from working out how it got there in the first place and not repeating that step.

    David

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    Posted 6 days ago
    Mon Sep 18 2017 20:49:53
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    So I'm pretty certain that it was from the new mattress I got since I slept on it one day and got bites the first next morning.

    I guess there's no sure way to guarantee that it's completely gone... I haven't been bitten in a week but I'm still not sleeping well


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