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Fecal Stain ID Please - I'm afraid I already know the answer :(

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  1. AbsolutelyFreaking

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Oct 18 2012 9:34:26
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    Please tell me if you think these are fecal stains. Unfortuately, I think I know what you are going to say.


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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Oct 18 2012 10:12:12
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    Hi,

    Can you please retake the pictures at 90 degrees to the spots as from that angle is not clear.

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    Hi,
    Thank you for your response. Just as background, a PCO found these a little over a week ago. They are in a "flap" in the mattress where two part meet. You have to hold the two parts of the mattress open to see them. I promptly ordered Bed Bug Blue but have been too scared to test them myself. I have an appointment with the PCO this afternoon for another inspection/check and I am going to ask him to test them with the Bed Bug Blue. I was just trying to prepare myself. If you have time, could you tell me generally,

    1. If there are bed bugs there and they went dormant (no one there for about two months) how long would it take them to become "undormant"?

    2. If they are there, about how long could/would it be until we could find cast skins?

    Thank you.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Oct 18 2012 11:50:02
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    I know how you feel about using the Bed Bug Blue. Trust me, I had to have a shot of whiskey and a cigarette before I could bring myself to test what I thought was a fecal stain (thank God it wound up being negative).

    I'm sorry I can't answer your two questions, although I would think they would come out to feed fairly quickly. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will come along and provide some insight.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Oct 18 2012 12:03:07
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    Thank you Buggy. The PCO did test the spots for me today and, unfortunately and sadly, they tested positive. The PCO found the spots a week ago but found no other evidence. So once they tested positive he inspected again and found no cast skins and no bugs. He advises not to begin treatment now and to just to continue to monitor. This freaks me out a little bit. (There is nothing on the BB Alert Passive Monitor - but it has only been on a week.)

    Questions for the Pros please!

    1. Would you begin, or have you began, treatment based on finding just fecal stains.

    No one was in the residence for about two months, someone has been living back there for about four weeks now, so

    2. If there are bed bugs there and they went dormant how long would it take them to become "undormant"?

    3. If they are there, about how long could/would it be until we could find cast skins?

    Thank you.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Oct 18 2012 18:25:40
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    Hi,

    A low number of confirmed faecal and no other signs would not be enough to secure anything other than a green treatment by my standards.

    It may be that they are old signs and not an indication of a current infestation which is also why no signs on the Passive Monitor.

    Bedbugs do not remain dormant when food is available so will seek food as soon as it is available, in fact a hungry bedbug will often not wait till you are resting and may be seen outside of their normal pattern of hours.

    If the bedbug that left the faecal is already an adult you will never find a skin because its already developed and thus has no need to cast off a skin. Please don't take this the wrong way but reading the FAQ's will give the facts in a clear format and ultimately reduces the stress of worry.

    David


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