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ID on welts and marks on bedding, please!

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  1. pickle113

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    So I work in an urban hospital - high traffic area, tons of people in and out, and periodic reports of bedbugs in waiting areas. I do my best to be careful - I change my shoes, bag and seal all my work clothes as soon as I get home, and make sure they go in a hot wash and dryer. I've never seen any evidence of bugs on my clothes. I also live in an apartment building, FYI.

    A few weeks ago, my husband started getting welts - first on one arm, then a leg, his back, now the other arm. A couple are in patches of three (yikes) with one welt a bit further away; some are single, some are in pairs. They have a slightly raised, hardened center. He claims they don't really itch, and he tends to notice them at different times of day; in the evening while hanging out in the living room, at work, etc. He's never woken up with new ones. They appear sporadically (not every day for sure), stick around for a good several days, then go away.

    Seeing as I'm entomophobic as all get-out, we've torn apart our bed the last couple nights - looked under the mattress (which has been inside an encasement for months as a prophylactic measure) inside the box spring, and all over the frame. There was a piece of a shell sitting near the frame, but it didn't look anything like a bedbug cast - this lovely site had similar images that were ID'ed as part of a beetle, and we've had those before, so it wouldn't surprise me. Nothing live, nothing on the baseboards or nightstands. I have noticed three spots on the bedding; the one spot on my pillowcase (green) and the single spot on the white comforter, I suspect may be old, but ID would be very helpful regardless. The small array of spots on the comforter, I noticed around the same time he got the first bites; I walked in with several plastic bags from holiday shopping and am 95 percent certain that that mark wasn't there before I put them down, but I now remember it smeared when I touched it, and am starting to freak out a little.

    I have pictures of those, and of my husband's latest set of welts - a bit blurry, but it's three at the bottom, one slightly set above. Any help in ID'ing all of this would do wonders for my peace of mind (or help me move forward, as the case may be). I'm going to have our building's exterminator stop by during their weekly inspection on Monday, but their response to most things is to shrug and hand over a stack of glue traps. Thank you so much in advance!

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    Sat Dec 27 2014 13:37:21
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    Hi,

    Please read the "bite primer" to see why skin reactions are of little value in diagnosis.

    The good news however is that the marks in the sheets are not bedbug related for the first two and old / washed in on the third. Thus you have no confirming signs of bedbugs at this stage.

    It's worth reading the FAQs and useful tools to see what steps you can take to limit the risk of picking up things from either work or in the same way that those who bring it to your work do. You can also see what steps you can take to detect the issue and often resolve it before it needs full treatment.

    I am seeing a lot of work in medical environments at present but thankfully that is mainly down to a UK drive towards pro activity in medical settings. A small issue is easier to resolve.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Sat Dec 27 2014 13:38:56
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    Skin reactions are not a reliable indicator of bites, because so many things can cause them.

    Fecal, shed skins, eggs, and live samples of bed bugs are what you need to be on the lookout for.

    The "three bites" and "breakfast-lunch-dinner" things are urban legends when it comes to bed bugs.

    I am not an expert. Let an expert here weigh in on those black markings, though, and see if they recommend you test with Bed Bug Blue or take other measures to detect if you have bed bugs.

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    Thank you so much for replying. I was actually feeling a bit better about it, until we went out for a few hours and came home to find another stain on the comforter. It's still right in the middle of the blanket with nothing along the edges, and was more dotlike before attempting to scratch at it with a fingernail (which smeared it). I also found the small dots along the wood of the bed frame, which are probably a bit too yellowish and opaque (they also weren't sticky and had to be scraped off with a fingernail, almost seemed more like paint speckles or something). I recognize it's just full-on neurosis at this point, and that it's totally plausible that none of this is in any way related and I'm just going crazy because of my husband's welts - but again, reassurance so that I can sleep tonight would be very much appreciated.

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    Hi,

    Yes the yellow ones are too yellow.

    The dark ones are close but do not appear to be faecal, a test with bed bug blue would confirm that, but I would expect it to be negative.

    Hope that helps.

    David

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    Phew, is that a relief to hear. I will check with Bed Bug Blue and put up a passive monitor just to be safe, but you've helped immensely- thank you so much.

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    Hi,

    No worries, your clear images really help us to help you.

    Hopefully what you have learned can be shared with others at work to help reduce the risks. Increasingly I am seeing more healthcare infection control specialists focusing on understanding the whole issue so they may be a good place to start.

    David


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