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  1. rebugcca

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Jul 18 2008 11:55:50
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    Does anyone know if bed bug droppings are likely to be found on painted wood moudling (not in a crack or crevice, but more or less on the surface) above a door frame? While inspecting room, I noticed little black balls (no more than a millimeter in diameter) in a row along two parts of the moulding. They are very hard and I basically had to chip them off--they don't smear or crush at all. Nothing else up there. I have no idea how long the spots have been there because prior to our infestation, I didn't obsessively inspect my apartment in all corners and heights. I looked at some pics online of droppings and they seem to be in cracks or corners and look sort of smearing. I couldn't really tell scale from the pics online.
    Does it sound like those are related to bed bugs or just something else?

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Jul 18 2008 14:19:56
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    Hi,

    Bed Bug droppings are basically the unprocess food or human blood. As such if a sample is dabbed with a cotton bub soaked in saliva it will rapidly dissolve and smear. The smear is best described as a dark brown to red oxide in colour.

    I think the pictures you mentioned may be similar to the ones in one of my newsletters, by way of a scale there is a human hair in the middle of the picture illustratiung that the spots are about 2 mm - 4 mm in diameter.

    If the samples you find will not dissolve in saliva they are highly unlikely to be bed bug droppings. As for what they could be a picture might give us some clues but its hard getting images at that level of resolution.

    David

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    Fri Jul 18 2008 14:38:44
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you--I'll check with saliva when I get home tonight. Every little hint of evidence makes me get anxious all over again, so it helps to know I can check them out and determine that they aren't BB related, hopefully.


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