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BB ID - cast found?

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  1. bbmars

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Wed Mar 6 2019 8:04:48
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    Hi all,

    shell image :
    https://imgur.com/vHLv3CW

    I found myself in the nightmarish world of bedbugs right after signing the contract for my new apartment in Marseille 5 months ago, the agency neglecting to tell me the walls were full of bedbugs... after a few hellish nights of extermination with chemicals, powders, and steam, my infestation seemed to be totally gone. In October, I found from time to time a little nymph walking on the walls, but nothing since. I've put Cimexa (diatomacious earth & pesticide) everywhere, gradually cleaning it up (who wants to live surrounded by powder?) as I grew more and more confident they were finally gone.

    A week ago I saw in my leather shoe (hard to stick in the dryer) a possible nymph (could have been anything) - and killed it promptly. This week, I woke up twice with small blood stains on my sheets, fresh-coloured, which may have possibly been from some small scrapes I have. Out of sheer paranoia, I did a BB check of my studio : no fecal traces, only this cast found in my pillow. Any odd-coloured spots I found I burned with a lighter, none of which gushed into the customary sweet-smelling white-ooze I associated with the eggs during the last hunt 5 months ago.

    I've thrown all my bedding into the washer and/or drier, at 60˚C (140˚F). Any thoughts folks? Anything I can do to finally finish them off, if they could still be around somehow? It's true that if they are in the walls between myself and my neighbours we might never get rid of them... still, my bed is protected by a dusting of Cimexa.

  2. bbmars

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Wed Mar 6 2019 8:12:14
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    ...and the question is do you think this is a BB cast? It could be recent, or from 5 months ago.

  3. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Wed Mar 6 2019 8:24:49
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    Hi,

    100% not bedbug, not a clear enough image for me to work out what it is though.

    Hope that helps.

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    Wed Mar 6 2019 9:07:57
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    I sure hope you're right David! Much appreciated for the rapid response, which gives me some calm from this slight psychological disorder / obsession I've developed since moving here. All the best to you and keep up the good work,

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    Wed Mar 6 2019 9:11:18
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    Hi,

    It’s statistically unlikely for me to be wrong when I say 100%.

    The confusion is o we what it is, a better picture that is clear and in focus way help us tell you what it is but without the image clarity I can only tell you what it’s not.

    David

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Wed Mar 6 2019 9:17:34
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    This is as in focus as I can get - it's 1mm in length. Also, I did, in the meantime, burn one bedbug-looking egg which did spill out a wee bit, but that's really all I can find after some extensive searching everywhere in my apartment. No characteristic smell though, it's possible that I missed one egg during my hunt 5 months ago.

    https://imgur.com/gdMzCqY

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    Wed Mar 6 2019 9:29:46
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    Hi,

    OK, better image but one for Lou as it does not appear to be local to me.

    If you want to cross refence and check your suspect egg here is an image of a hatched and an I hatched egg side by side under a microscope.

    https://flic.kr/p/RXtSVG

    David


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