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I am so confused about the Consistency of Fecal Matter

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  1. ojmar

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Nov 4 2014 14:30:13
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    Hi all,

    I am new here. After browsing the forum endlessly, I finally joined.

    Background: A month ago, my boyfriend discovered he had an infestation at his house. They believe they found out about 3 months in. The infestation was in the couch, but two bugs were found in his box spring, so they decided to treat the whole house with heat. $4000 later, they are BB free.

    Immediately after he discovered they had bed bugs, they called the exterminator, and in that time period, i did not visit his house. I called a specialist that only deals with bed bugs to visit my home and perform K9 Inspection to make sure I hadn't taken any bugs home with me. There were zero alerts and the specialist confirmed that there were no bed bugs in my home. The company is top-rated in the DC area - Superior Bed Bug Solutions in case anybody has experience?

    After this confirmation, a normal person would cheer for joy and move on. An anxiety-ridden person with bug phobia would not.

    Since that time (about a month ago) I have observed signs that may or may not be BB related. These signs include:
    *small, sporadic red bumps on my LEGS ONLY. Logic makes me believe they are likely from shaving as my razor is new and has definitely caused some irritation. They do not itch.
    *Two itchy bites, one on the knee, one on the upper thigh. They looked like mosquito bites. I was outside the previous night and there definitely were mosquitos out.

    Finally, moost questionable....
    *One small black dot staining the topsheet of my bed with a tiny charcoal-like trail next to it. When i discovered this stain, I tried smearing it with a q-tip soaked in water, and it did not smear at all. It is like it is an ink blot or eyeliner, except its nowhere near the pillow and I can't think if anything else it would be. The charcoal-like "comet" trail was already there when i discovered it and is not from me rubbing it. Here is the picture:

    http://imageshack.com/a/img538/9263/l9OG5O.jpg

    MY QUESTIONS:
    1. Could a single stain, most likely 2-3 days old, that does not smear, be indicative of bed bugs?
    2. How likely is it that a reputable company that specializes in beg bugs and has certified K9s to miss an infestation? Could the dog miss one or two young bugs if it was very early on?
    3. Could bites ever not itch?

    I'd appreciate any advice. Please weigh in. Thanks so much!

  2. bronx bugged

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Nov 4 2014 14:37:18
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    i never saw any smears when i had so i dont knw anything about that but reaction are different. me and one of my sons reacted really bad while my other son had no signs. my boyfriend only had one time that he had bites in the line pattern. but it was mostly me that reacted. so that goes for itchiness as well.

  3. ojmar

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Nov 4 2014 14:54:57
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    Thanks for your input!

    Anyone else know if a single black stain - not even 3 days old - could be feces if it does not smear when wet? I'm trying to figure out if it is a digested blood meal or if it is something else. It is definitely stained and I can tell it won't come out or smudge.

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    Tue Nov 4 2014 15:46:19
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    Hi,

    I would suggest you look at the useful tools for information on bedbug blue test kit and effective monitors.

    It does not appear to be faecal but it's worth testing for your own confidence but I would expect it to be clear.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Nov 4 2014 15:52:09
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    Thanks David,
    That was going to be my next step, testing with this bed bug blue kit. Not that $40 bothers me too much for piece of mind, but would a q-tip do the same thing? if nothing comes off the q-tip at all, would i even be able to use the bed bug blue?

    Thank you!
    Olivia

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Nov 4 2014 17:08:27
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    Hi,

    That is not a factor I would go by. As faecal is biological I would always wet a q-tip with saliva as the enzymes in it help lift. The developer in Blue is not water so again it lifts things water will not.

    As I said it will almost certainly be negative anyway and ten you have an immediate answer to any others that occur.

    David

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Nov 4 2014 18:49:49
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    I never attempted to rub the fecal spots to see if they would smear, but I definitely had a few fecal stains that were smeared. That most likely happened when they were very fresh. I toss and turn a lot when I sleep so that is probably how they smeared. Also, the fecal spots did not go away when I washed the sheets. They would lighten a little after multiple washes, but that poo is quite permanent unless you give them special stain treatment.


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