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ID request: Blood spot or faecal stain? [a: not bed bug fecal]

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  1. JTannon

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Fri Feb 10 2017 12:40:09
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    Hello! First-time poster, long-time forum reader.

    I should say that I've never had bed bugs before (although I have developed a more than slightly paranoid fear of them over the last few years!), and in the last couple of weeks I have noticed a few suspicious bumps which I do think are easily attributable to other factors. Last night, though, I noticed these two spots on my pillow and immediately panicked, as in the glow of my bedside lamp they looked almost black. In the light of day, however, I notice that they are far redder and more indicative of blood than BB faecal stains, but I would be extremely grateful for an expert eye to just confirm it for me, if only for my peace of mind! If it is blood, then I am not at all worried as I am prone to my hands drying out and bleeding a bit during the winter. The stain is at most 3 days old, and hasn't bled through onto my pillow protector.

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    Fri Feb 10 2017 14:39:31
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    Hi,

    It's too diffuse and also too oxidized red to be bed bug faecal.

    Such diffused but fresh blood spots usually turn out to be something else such as carpet beetles.

    Hope that helps.

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  3. JTannon

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Fri Feb 10 2017 15:18:30
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    Thanks for this! I was 95% sure it was just blood but it's always good to get a second, and in this case professional, opinion! Pretty confident it's come either from my hand, as mentioned in the original post, or possibly from a shaving cut which may have re-opened. Ironically, I did have a minor problem with carpet beetle larvae in my flat back in October, although I put some powder down and haven't seen one since.

    Just purely out of curiosity, by "too diffuse", do you mean that it's spread out on the fabric too much? I've seen that phrase used elsewhere on the forum and often wondered what it specifically means.

    Thanks again!

  4. cantcallit2016

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Fri Feb 10 2017 18:23:22
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    Jtannon I know exactly how you feel my hands get so dry during the winter if I'm out in the cold both hands start breaking and bleeding think that's why have found blood on my pillow slip and sheets since mid fall

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    Fri Feb 10 2017 21:38:37
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    The pain is real... and doing the washing-up certainly doesn't help!

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    Hi,

    too diffuse as in the pigment density is wrong for pure blood as if it's it's pure blood mixed with a high level of lymph (the clear/yellowish fluid often seen around skin reactions).

    No with regards the carpet beetles the cause of the reaction is usually the fibers associated with the cast larval skins. If you search for my posts and links on the subject you will see it's not a powder / spray issue. It's not uncommon for people to become sensitive to them post bed bug activity which can confuse people if all they are going on is skin reactions.

    Hope that explains.

    David


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