Worried -- a few small stains, but no bites? [expert stain ID needed](5 posts)
I'm new to this forum. I've never had bed bugs before. This morning, cleaning my sheets, though, I noticed some tiny stains (http://imgur.com/a/LuInW) on my bedding (the mattress itself and the lowermost sheet). There are only about six or seven little stains that I can see (mainly at the end of the bed, near my feet). I think I noticed one of them a couple weeks ago, but didn't think anything of it. They seem to imply that there must be bed bugs? I have no bites, to my knowledge. Should I hire someone to come give a look? Or should I assume I have/don't have a problem? I'm quite worried! If someone with some expertise does not mind giving these a quick look and sharing thoughts, I will be extremely grateful (they might could spare me some sleepless nights, or at least lead me to run for an exterminator).
Here is a link to the images if they don't appear above: http://imgur.com/a/LuInW
Thanks for reading,
Hi, just checking in on this to see if anyone could take a look and help me out. Still no bites, but those stains look suspect to me. An ID would be greatly appreciated!
Here is a description from one of our professional PCOs that should help you
"I have only ever found two distinct forms of bed bug feces which appears to depend upon the surface that the droppings fall onto.
The most common are the droppings that fall onto hard and wooden surfaces, most common porous surfaces such as wood. I usually describe them as looking like marks left with a felt tip pen. They swear when water is applied to them and vary from a black colour to a dark red oxide.
The second form is a smaller ball or sphere. These are usually found on non porous fabrics and I have to be honest have never studied them enough to say if they are solid or a viscous liquid.
As pictures are worth a thousand words I would suggest you cross reference the descriptions with the gallery at:
The first form of fecal traces can be seen in many pictures but the best spheres picture has the title "Close up of a nesting area showing multiple shed skins, eggs and live samples".
In short if it is not one of these then its most likely dust or human debris. You would be amazed at how many samples of dust particles attached to tape I get on a weekly basis. I am think of making a collage for 2008."
Bed Bugs Limited
I added a note to the thread title which should help an expert find this thread. Only a few ID stains, so hang tight.I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
The way the density of pigment sits is not correct for bed bug.
Hope that helps.
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