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  1. BugsMustDie

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Oct 27 2011 14:55:19
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    Dear Experts:

    I have been monitoring for quite awhile now and I occasionally see blood spots on my sheets. Sometimes they're in areas with no other rational cause. I've tried to disregard them because from the responses I've received, most experts don't seem to think the bugs cause blood spots. If they were from me bleeding (even after a bite) they would be in an area I would have rolled on. I found a new one today (about the size of the tip of a q-tip - I had another one that size a couple of weeks ago).

    I know you can not conclusively identify based on this, but I would like to know, do they ever just randomly spew blood that could possibly cause these spots?

    Thank you

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Oct 27 2011 15:11:26
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    Hi,

    I wrote something on this back in 2008 which may help you identify if there is a bedbug potential in the blood spots as there are actually 3 different types and only one really confirms bedbugs:

    http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/DB2/bloodspotsPP.pdf

    Hope that explains.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Oct 27 2011 15:22:49
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    That helps a little, David. Thank you.

    I have identified this as "fresh blood." It's not dark enough to be a processed meal. So that still leaves me wondering since it's in the in-between catagory. How often do you see fresh blood caused by bed bugs?

    Also, it was difficult to determine the size of the spots in your examples. Typically, are they much larger than a thin-tipped marker? This one is more on the side of a fat-tipped marker.

    Thank you!

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Oct 27 2011 15:40:22
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    Hi,

    I don't see fresh blood spots that often with bedbugs, when I do they are often trailed off and smeared.

    I see them more frequently when there is something else causing them such as fleas or an allergic reaction such as dust mites.

    The sizes vary because the size is related to the clotting factors in the blood which is why I deliberately did not put a scale to this, often people obsess over size and its not really an appropriate measure with many things connected with bedbugs.

    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Oct 27 2011 15:57:08
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    Thank you, David.

    So my answer is still inconclusive....

    One last question for you. This particular spot is on my couch that is covered by a sheet. I have also been using the BB alert passive monitor on it for almost a week. It's under the middle cushion. I know you have said they can migrate there usually in about 72 hours. If I find nothing in a few weeks, do you think it's safe to assume I'm in the clear?

    Thank you

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Oct 27 2011 16:02:14
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    Hi,

    Yes if you see nothing for weeks and yet still get reactions its pretty safe to assume its not bedbugs causing the reactions. I still however advocate good attention to detail personal inspection alongside passives.

    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Oct 27 2011 22:22:27
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    Bugsmust die,

    Just as a FYI, I'm not an expert...I'm allergic to dust mites and will get a skin reaction that probably looks like flea bites. Its not bites, but it looks like it. In really humid weather, there will be fresh blood. I think.

    I'm fairly sure that you can be immune to dust mites and then hit 40 (or a certain age) and become severely allergic. Hope it's not that.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    I've come to all sorts of inconclusive conclusions about my skin reactions. I know some of them are old bites. The new stuff, I am not sure if it's a skin reaction side-effect to having had the bites or a medical-related skin reaction or something else, like dust mites. I've been to the doctor and she wasn't much help. She gave me a tube of cream and now we're ruling out medical issues. I guess if it persists for several more months, I may ask for a referral to a dermatologist. So I've really tried to set aside my skin and look for evidence.

    I'm confused about dust mites can cause "fresh blood." They don't really bite you, right? Do you just bleed because your skin is irritated?

    Thanks for the info


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