New Mattress Delivered - First Night wake up sheets covered in blood.(7 posts)
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I had a mattress delivered from Sleepys. I know they have a history of throwing old mattresses in with new ones in the same truck. My mattress and box spring were wrapped pretty well in plastic but the unwrapping happened very quickly and I didn't check for anything. I didn't think to.
I put on my bedding and later that night I lay down for a while (around 10-11). I noticed some dirt at the foot of the bed but figured I had brushed off a bit of dirt. I go to sleep with my girlfriend and wake up around 5 to see a lot more darkish spots down where my feet are. I rub some saliva on one of them and it seems to go away. I can't remember if I woke up because of some discomfort, but I did look down at my feet, which I wouldn't do normally, I think. At 9 I wake up for good and there are 4 or 5 black/extremely dark red blotches. It looks sort of like blood. Some of it is actually layered slightly - thick you could say, though we are talking about very little blood, just the intensity of it - more than just a stain that would result from coffee etc. They all sort of rub if you spit on them (sorry gross but i was in a rush) though I stopped doing that because I figured I should document everything. I also found some hard dark pellets that when spit on and rubbed turned into a deep dark reddish black color. I half remember actually doing this at 5 am with other ones, but I was half asleep and using the morning light. I've attached pictures of them.
The pellets seem too big to have come from bed bugs. They remind me of mouse poop but are a bit smaller. They are about half to three quarters as long as the "height" or a normal door key. I was struck by just how many stains were at the foot of my bed. If were talking about one bug that came in on a mattress, could it do all this in one night. I though stains resulted from rolling over on them or if they've overeaten etc. Seems like I would have one or two at most, not 3,4,5 - nor 3 or 4 possible fecal specimens.
I have no bite marks and there was nothing on my girlfriend's side of the bed. I noticed a stain up by my head but it was small and I don't have a photo of it. I did notice traces of brown around my foot. I'm 99% sure I didn't track things into my room, especially given how what looks very much like blood is in various locations, not one large smear.
My girlfriend is now washing her things and well put the stuff from my bedroom in a bag.
I'm open to the possibility that these are not bed bugs but I can't think of anything else that would leave traces like this. It's creepy to think I was bitten during a nap and then more again when I went to sleep.
I'll buy a bed bug proof mattress wrap (which I was going to do today anyway, never in a million years did I think they would come with the mattress)
Could you guys give me your opinions on the photos and what the best approach might be. I feel if I contact sleepys or my landlord I have too little evidence to warrant an exterminator. I'm confident that this isnt an infestation, so I want to be proactive. Hopefully one of you experts will tell me the stains are too many to be bed bugs. Please get back to me, this is time sensitive! All the best
Mets in NYC.
Hi just want to give this an update. I will contact my landlord on my lunch break. Can anyone suggest important things to bring up? Should I tell him to get the exterminator to treat this in a certain way? I’m pretty sure my apartment hasn’t had bed bugs in the past so I would guess this is a stray bug or two, possibly confined to my bedroom. Thanks to anyone’s input! I will also buy a mattress case after work.
The blood spots are from fresh blood which is not indicative of bedbugs.
I would say its most likley that you have reacted to something on / in the new mattress or the stress of moving.
I would advise you to familiarise yourself with the FAQ's and in particular the confirming signs of bedbugs, namely; live samples, cast skins, faecal traces and hang fire until you have something to confirm.
At this stage keep options open bedbugs is one of them but its not the main suspect at this stage.
Bed Bugs Limited
Thanks for responding – I couldn’t for the life of me find an open cut or anything anywhere on my body. There was something reddish under my pillow but it could have been that I touched my leg or something. My girlfriend just noticed a fairly prominent bite on her leg. It’s rare that anything makes it up to my 5th floor apartment, and it doesn’t look like a mosquito bite.
You’ll have to forgive me but my stains look almost exactly like the ones you’ve posted in your very helpful blood guide pdf. Here’s one picture that I forgot to post, the small, possibly fecal material. It’s a terrible picture I took on a flip phone – not sure what good it does.
They were sort of pellet like and found right around were the blood was. They did dissolve when put in contact with water and rubbed.
Asking my landlord for an exterminator is the best move at this point?
By all means get an inspection but at this stage I can assure you that you don't have blood spots that would confirm bedbugs. The inspector may find something but you need to confirm it before you try and treat.
I appreciate that they appear to be similar to you but they are not the same as bedbug faecal material nor long oxidised human blood for that matter. Like all visual skills its about getting your eye in and learning the many hundreds of subtle reasons why that is not faecal.
Just wanted to say thanks to you - I'll update with more info after the inspection or when I'm devoured alive. Though others are welcome to input!
If it was just a mattress that you had delivered wouldn't it be pretty easy to inspect it yourself? There's not all that many places for them to hide. Check under all of the piping and the label and along the seams. With a good flashlight it shouldn't be too hard to do a good inspection. I realize that there is of course the possibility that they immediately began to harbor somewhere else, but If it were me I'd still give the mattress a thorough look.
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