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Possible to smell BB with no signs?

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  1. Eli4s

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sat Sep 14 2019 13:41:57
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    Lately I've been smelling something strange in my house, hard to describe. It's almost like body odor but also musty. I wouldn't say it smells like the typical smell you see mentioned online. I've had some suspected bites which I mention in another post, but I haven't found anything or any signs of bugs.
    I'm just curious, would I be able to detect a smell from them but at the same time, see no signs of anything?

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sat Sep 14 2019 14:21:59
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    Hi,

    While it is possible to smell bedbugs in a room like a sommelier you need to train you sense of smell to detect it.

    Without training and acclimatization you are unlikely to be able to detect it.

    You are more likely to find signs through monitoring than smell or visual inspection in low level infestations.

    For the record I am one of only 3 or 4 people have have proved they are accurate at scent detection.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun Sep 15 2019 2:01:45
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    One question David. How big where the infestations, that you could smell them?

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    Hi,

    I have detected down to a single bedbug. I specifically asked for the room to be isolated from air circulation and 6 hours later cracked the door, sniffed predicted between 1 and 5 bedbugs and found a single male that had fed 3 times within 15 minutes.

    The room had been treated six times by a well known company.

    In other cases it’s more obvious because there are more bedbugs and to some extent the smell of blood creates a metallic sensation in my mouth which is easy to detect. However just like a sommelier or perfumer you learn to detect small changes in odor as you become sensitive to the unique elements.

    As such there is a difference between the smell of bedbugs in harbourage mode versus alarm pheromone or feeding / mating frenzy.

    Scents and scent cones and how odors dissipate in rooms is a fascinating if not niche subject but not many can spend the time to develop those skills. In my case they are a side effect of other spectral issues but a good example of an odd shaped peg finding an appropriate shaped hole.

    David

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun Sep 15 2019 5:51:17
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    That make sense. My guess would have been that persons which never had bed bugs couldn‘t differentiate bed bug smell from other odors because well, you need to know the smell.

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Hi,

    While it’s always possible it’s unlikely that they would be able to associate it without the reference point being in place. That said a sommelier or perfumer would be more likely to detect it than those who were less acute. Also I have met others with synesthesia who can tune it.

    David


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