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  1. js2337a

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Jul 11 2019 1:23:05
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    Hi all,
    Still monitoring for bugs as I am experiencing two bites a week ( this past week it picked up to three). In addition to stitching a passive monitor on the head of my box spring I also went and placed cardboard coffee sleeves in the corners between the mattress and box spring (was insides by Lou Sorkin’s photo stream. Is it overkill? Who knows?). Yesterday morning I found the following spots one the corner of a sleeve which was sticking out. They are dried and slight raised (I can feel them with my finger). There were three, but one of them popped off when I scratched at it too hard. Haven’t done a smear test yet.

    https://imgur.com/a/C4M0mPH

    I feel like a veritable crazy person...

    Thank you!

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Jul 11 2019 1:27:11
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    Whoops! *sticking, not stitching

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Jul 11 2019 6:09:22
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    Hi,

    I would smear and retake the image or test with Bed Bug Blue.

    Hope that helps.

    I would also advise only one harbourage for the fastest detection but it may be that between the mattress and base at the head end is better that the back of the headboard as sometimes that isolates the area if the headboard is fitted low.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Jul 11 2019 9:15:07
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    Thank you David.

    So I tried smearing with saliva. I had a hard time because they where so so small. They didn’t smear but one did dissolve and left a slight brown speck on the qtip.

    https://imgur.com/a/Z1HFzp2

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Jul 11 2019 10:58:36
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    Hi,

    No I suspect an artifact on the card.

    Faecal smears like this:

    wp0_wp2f0669a6 by David Cain, on Flickr

    The optimal contrast from the white background helps you see it dissolves readily and smears in a way that shows a gradient of colour with pigment density. Specifically it behaves like an emulsion rather than a dissolved liquid.

    That level of detail is not something that people initially unlock but if you take a few minutes to actually look at the fine details of the image you can start to unlock the differences.

    David


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