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  1. soooconfused

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sat Dec 4 2010 16:02:37
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    I'm trying to figure out if a few small black dots I found on my sheet are fecal. Does anyone know how small the droplets would be? Would it bleed through the back of the sheet and onto the mattress cover? Any insight would be appreciated.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sat Dec 4 2010 16:25:31
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    Hi,

    With marks on sheets colour is actually your best guide instead of size or if it soaks in as these are all products of the material that faecal material falls on.

    There are some reference shots here:

    http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/DB2/bloodspotsPP.pdf

    Basically you should follow the guide below:

    • Fresh red blood colour - non definitive sign there could be many different causes apart from bedbugs
    • Jet black colour - again non definitive and may appear soaked into the sheets, the more they get washed the more engrained they become and often spread in a cross shape
    • Black/very dark brown - I often call this brown made up of burnt ochra colours , this is the only type which is definitive of bedbugs

    If you take a picture and post it we may be able to give you an opinion.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sat Dec 4 2010 16:29:56
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    Thanks David. They are definitely jet black, but so small I can't even see if they are cross-shaped, even with a magnifying glass. They look like a tiny sharpie marker dot. Hopefully it is paranoia getting the best of me. Also, they did not react to peroxide or bleed all the way through to the other side of the sheet. I already tried to take a picture, but don't have a decent camera and they just look blurry. I will see if I can borrow one and post a picture.

    Would the fecal normally bleed through?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sat Dec 4 2010 16:33:45
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    Hi,

    Bleeding through depends on your sheets.

    If they are small and jet black in the middle or top surface of the bed its less likely to be bedbug related from what I have observed. Certainly if it fails to react to peroxide its highly unlikley to be bedbug related.

    David

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    Thank you so much David. I can enjoy my evening now.

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    I may even get out of the office soon to enjoy whats left of mine.

    David


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