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Possible Bed Bug Related Stain [a: not bed bug-related]

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  1. Principedivetro

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Tue Aug 8 2017 20:36:22
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    Here is my situation:

    I recently moved into an apartment that had never been lived in before. The entire complex was just completed a couple of months ago and I was part of the first round of move-ins, so I'm fairly confident there were no bed bugs present prior to move in. Aside from my clothing that I brought with me (that I'm confident was bed bug-free prior to my move), everything else was purchased brand new. All of my furniture was sealed, boxed, shrink-wrapped, etc. when it was brought into the apartment and absolutely nothing was acquired second-hand.

    I have been sleeping in my bed for about a week now with no evidence of bed bugs. No bites, no skin casing, no stains, nothing. Then today, I was making my bed and I came across this stain:

    http://i.imgur.com/pLThS9L.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/Uy1lWyy.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/M4JyIvN.jpg

    The last image is to hopefully establish some scale for size purposes. I apologize for my bad photography skills, because the coloring is difficult to see. The darker spot is almost a burgundy color and the outer, more faded area is a light yellow-brown.

    Is it possible this is a stain from a bed bug? It's a little odd because it is on the outside corner of a pillow that I don't sleep directly on, so if it does happen to be related to a bed bug, I'm not sure how it would have been crushed. I'm sure (well, hoping) that it's nothing, but any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Wed Aug 9 2017 5:57:34
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    Hi,

    Too much red to be connected with a bed bug.

    Best to monitor and focus on finding:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces

    Hope that helps.

    David Cain
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    Posted 1 week ago
    Wed Aug 9 2017 10:09:04
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    Thank you so much for your expertise.

    As I said, aside from that random mark on my pillowcase, I am otherwise symptomless and had absolutely no reason to suspect any kind of infestation. I have a solid and patternless white mattress that anything out-of-the-ordinary would show up on clearly and I always check my bed thoroughly when I change the sheets. Considering its too red to be from a bed bug, I can probably put the whole thing out of my mind and go back to business-as-usual, right?

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    Wed Aug 9 2017 11:36:13
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    Hi,

    I would advocate monitoring and monthly checking when you deep clean your sleeping area.

    This is good practice and should be done as a routine more a multitude of reasons including the risk of bed bugs.

    Slightly different to "just forget about it" but I am all about empowering people.

    David


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