Tell me about the black hard stuff on sheets(6 posts)
creepedout - 4 months ago »
Hi, I wonder if we have the same issue. We are completely mystified. About a week ago, noticed a few loose black specks on the sheets concentrated under my husband and me (especially where the small of the back rests during the night). We were ready to blame the cat. Washed the sheets. The spots came back, a few at a time. Started to freak out. Washed the sheets again, they came back (primarily under me).
Yesterday, we took the bed apart, vaccuumed the mattress and the frame, washed everything in "sanitary" in the washer, ran the pillows through the hot cycle on the dryer, and this morning, all these spots appeared, congregated under ME. After only one night. Many more than we had seen before.
They are black specks, hard, cylindrical, and don't seem to dissolve in water or saliva. A few scattered througout the bedding, but most concentrated in a 4-inch area.
Needless to say, I'm completely freaked out.
Here's where I'm confused... no bites on either of us. No itching. No rashes. No blood marks on the sheets. Not a trace on the mattress, even in the folds. The mattress is white, so it should be easy to see. No sign of anything anywhere else except this little pile of specks. All are hard. They don't look like any of the other pictures I've seen from any other sites... needless to say, I've been scouring the internet for answers.
We're just trying to figure out what we're fighting. Is it bedbugs? Or something else? HELP!
i am having the same problem....wash clean everything and spray beg spary...but every day in morning, little black soft specs (not dissolved in sheet) show up, about 20 or so. cats sleep with me...not sure what they are. no bites either.
has anyone figured out what this is? i have the same exact problem. they're not moving, they're like poppy seeds, are hard to squish (as in they crunch) but no guys or anything seem to come out...and they appear where my cats have slept. please email! firstname.lastname@example.org
See the tag up top on Flea dirt.
A simple presumptive blood test as mentioned in other posting would work. You can get the Kastle-Meyers test for $17.50 from Carolina supplies.
They are flea droppings. I called many vets and they all said the same thing. Get your dogs and cats on flea prevention!
Good news! My husband and I were searching all over the internet for the answer to just this problem and we just figured it out: DRYWOOD TERMITES!
We just moved into an old, stand alone shot-gun house in New Orleans (we're from Oregon so all kinds of bug things are foreign to us). We got new sheets (a wedding present) and bought ourselves a new mattress + box spring to celebrate our newly married status. Well about 2 weeks into enjoying our new mattress, we saw these black spots appearing on my husband's pillow during the day. By specks, I mean hundreds of these hard (non-smearing) black seed-like things that seemed to appear out of nowhere. We couldn't figure them out. We don't have pets and I swear we shower every day. Well, like most of you we sort of gave up and luckily after 3 or so days the specks went away.
Well the spots came back tonight. We checked everything, brushed them off and "set a trap" of a clean sheet. Within an hour, the spots were back! Dozens of them! Well long story short, we sat down on the bed and watched the little buggers appear out of thin air. We turned on the AC and we turned it off; nothing seemed to affect them from appearing. Then I noticed I could hear them "appearing." Following that we saw them bouncing on the pillow--clearly they were falling but from where. We had no spots on the ceiling. No big obvious bugs. Nothing out of the ordinary. After many confused looks and seriously considering that we were both crazy, I went back online and happened to type into Google something to the effect of black spots falling from the ceiling... what do you know... TERMITES!
Drywood termites are apparently known for dropping tan or black, hard (made from wood) feces from so called "kick holes" which look pretty much like a tiny hole that someone made with the tip of a sharp pencil. I went back with my husband (because he's taller) and a flashlight where he stood and watched the supposed hole while I sat at the pillow and waited for a spot to appear. When I saw a spot it had been proceeded by a black spot appearing in the hole. Diagnosis = drywood termites. The only trick is finding the kick hole, plugging it up and figuring out how to get rid of them.
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