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  1. omgbedbugs

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5046915105/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5047538176/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5046915777/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5046916025/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5046917081/

    These are pictures of the NEW Mattress three weeks after it was delivered to our house. We never had any bed bugs issues before this and my step son started complaining of blood splatter on the bed and bedding within a couple of days of it's delivery (which I stupidly ignored for 3 weeks).

    I would stake my life that this is where they came from, either from the warehouse or due to it being exposed to an infested mattress on the delivery truck. Although a few were found in my room, there was no feces etc found on my mattress/box springs/walls. The new mattress was located in the room next to mine which has a common "cold are return" and there is a hole that the cable comes through both rooms (this is how our exterminator thinks they traveled into my room).

    What are your thoughts on the level of infestation in the "new mattress"? Looks to me like they had been there for a while. We have hired an attorney and the company that sold us the mattress wants all of the pictures.

  2. nycyn

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    I looked at your pics and can't tell what those black spots are. Do you think it's fecal? Are they supposed to be insects? I'm new to all this but I think you need better photos.

  3. omgbedbugs

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    According to my extermintor it is fecal..

  4. a8705

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    I would agree that its fecal. I have seen many beds and I would say YES that is BB fecal.

  5. thebedbugresource

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    I am not sold on feces. It is odd to have so many fecal stains in different locations yet absolutely no other signs of bed bugs nearby (i.e. cast skins, etc.).

    Sean

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    There were bugs, casts and blood stains. I have pictures of those as well and I also have over 20 bed bugs in a baggy that we found on the box spring. When my husband took the box spring outside, even more came crawling out...(shudder). What I'm wondering is if this amount of feces seems excessive for the 3 weeks it had been in our home? I'm wondering if it was actually infested at the manufacturer, or if it's more likely that it was exposed on the truck?

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    In my opinion, they're not fecal...

  8. loubugs

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    Are you sure it's a [/b]new[b] mattress and box spring? Were both plastic wrapped when you received them? Did you see many sizes of bed bugs? Do you live in a multi-family building (apt, condo, coop, etc.)?

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    It's a brand new bed, the tag said it was manufactured 3 days before it was delivered. I wasn't home when they were delivered, my son doesn't remember if they were still wrapped or not. We didn't find any stage 5 adults, but all other stages. Here are a couple more pictures. One is of a small bugs, one is some of the ones we caught in a baggy and the other is suspected feces and some that smeered when I was cleaning it....thoughts?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5048298891/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5048919640/in/photostream/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5048919316/in/photostream/

  10. vigilant

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    Hmm...I'm no expert, but this bug doesn't look like a bedbug:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5048298891/

    omgbedbugs - 20 minutes ago  » 
    It's a brand new bed, the tag said it was manufactured 3 days before it was delivered. I wasn't home when they were delivered, my son doesn't remember if they were still wrapped or not. We didn't find any stage 5 adults, but all other stages. Here are a couple more pictures. One is of a small bugs, one is some of the ones we caught in a baggy and the other is suspected feces and some that smeered when I was cleaning it....thoughts?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5048298891/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5048919640/in/photostream/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54509771@N02/5048919316/in/photostream/

  11. loubugs

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    5048298891 doesn't look like a bed bug, at least in that view. The second one, 5048919640 looks like a few that are out of focus.
    When you got home, didn't you see plastic wrapping on those items? If unwrapped, didn't you see a pile of plastic wrap?

  12. thebedbugresource

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    If you have bed bugs that came on the mattress then who cares if it is feces or not on the fabric? The live bugs would indicate a problem ...

    I am VERY confused by what exactly you are trying to accomplish with this thread.

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