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Fecal ID, Please?

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  1. datgirl

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Apr 10 2019 7:22:36
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    Found on pillow this morning. I could smudge it with a bit of spit (and did). Concerning because my face has been “breaking out” and I’m worried they could be bites.

    I’m trying to stay calm because I’ve found no evidence so far besides skin reactions (which could be due to the carpet and spider beetles that I KNOW I have, but I’m still quite anxious. Wouldn’t I have more obvious signs after four months?

    Thanks again for your help.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Apr 10 2019 8:03:49
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    I just found these on my comforter, as well. I don’t think it’s bed bug-related, but I have Climb-Ups on my bed, so have no clue what else could cause it.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Apr 10 2019 10:02:28
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    I don't see anything that would make me suspect bed bugs.
    After four months of unchecked growth the infestation should be easy to spot even with the most basic of inspection.

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    Wed Apr 10 2019 10:13:29
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    Thanks, BigDummy, for both the ID and the reassurance. I thought I recalled you mentioning that even a cursory inspection would bring up signs after a few months of infestation, and I’m glad to know I remembered correctly.

    Thank you again for your time. It’s appreciated.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Apr 10 2019 18:26:32
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    I’m sorry to be a bother, but I had a couple more questions.

    1) Was the quality of the photos good enough for identification?
    2) I found a black mark on my comforter before which was determined not to be fecal. Should I still be concerned that I’m finding more?

    Thank you again for your time and patience. I know I am probably being paranoid, but I also want to be sure I’m covering all my bases.

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    Thu Apr 11 2019 7:11:34
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    Hi,

    Yes the images are clear enough to say 100% this is not bedbugs.

    I would suggest you switch your detection to monitoring as visual alone might be feeding your anxiety loop. It’s a cycle that some people can become stuck to as the highs and lows can become addictive at a metabolic level in the same way that some people get with TV shows or books.

    Recognising the pattern is the first step to being mindful enough to break it.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Apr 11 2019 11:47:48
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    Hi, David.

    Thanks for jumping into the conversation. I think you’re absolutely right that I’m stuck in a feedback loop. I have an anxiety disorder and recognize this same pattern from other things I’ve feared/been worried about. Even though I logically know I don’t have bugs until I see them, any “sign” sends me into a frenzy.

    I have been putting off purchasing your passive monitors since I put down a lot of money on Climb-Ups, but I think they would do good for my peace of mind. Obviously, 10 weeks of empty Climb-Ups (spiders, spider beetles, and carpet beetles not withstanding), a negative K9 inspection, multiple negative visuals, and no bugs or skins aren’t enough to convince me that my skin reactions aren’t bed bug related. The monitor feels a bit more definitive than the Climb-Ups and will keep me from tearing my furniture apart and break the cycle of finding things that scare me but ultimately end up being nothing.

    Thank you again for your help and patience. You - and the other experts who donate time here - are so appreciated.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Apr 11 2019 12:09:52
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    Keep in mind that using something to prove a lack of evidence is much harder to accept than using something to prove a positive. With the positive you have actual tactile proof while proving a negative is more conceptual. Our brains are wired this way.


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