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Enough signs that I have bed bugs? [ID needed on stain]

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  1. CollegeCrazed

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Aug 18 2012 15:02:56
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    I'm not sure if I have bed bugs, as I checked the edges of my bed and covers and also the pillow cases. But I woke up this morning with a few bites/itchy bumps on my right arm. I found a stain, but I'm not sure if these signs mean I have bed bugs.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/85270521@N04/7809999796/

    Any thoughts to whether this is enough to conclude I have bed bugs?

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Aug 18 2012 19:50:52
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    Skin reactions can have lots of causes and aren't a reliable indicator. No one can tell you with certainty whether bed bugs caused them.

    The stain looks like a blood stain and I am not an expert (so will defer to experts on this point) but a blood stain isn't really a definitive sign of bed bugs. Bed bug fecal is a definitive sign, but looks quite different than what you have in that photo.

    Please read the FAQs-- especially the first four here. There is information there about inexpensive passive bed bug monitors which may help you find a sample or fecal stains. There are also images of bed bugs and their signs (like fecal stains) which should help you look.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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