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Stain ID, Please!

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  1. pleasehelpbedbugs

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    I found this weird spot on my sheets this morning. I check my sheets every night, so I know it wasn't there the night before. I'd also squished what I think may have been a nymph a couple days ago, but cannot be sure. Have also been sleeping with the windows open now that it's summer, so it really could be anything (but bed bugs, I hope).

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    Also noticed this, which I'm hoping isn't eggs...?

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    I also have what four dermatologists have diagnosed as folliculitis -- flares up when it's hot out. But of course having gotten bed bugs twice (and fumigating all my things twice as well), I am always paranoid.

    I also checked the part where my wall meets the floor (my bed is propped against the wall), and found a long-ish light-colored insect. Very tiny. Killed it immediately. I've also caught 2 beetles by my bed (which is next to the window) in the 11 months I've lived in this apartment, so I'm hoping that's what they are. Took some tape to the little sill thing (admittedly I don't vacuum that tiny ledge as often as I should), and didn't see anything out of the ordinary except for this black, spherical speck. I read that bed bug feces smear when wet, right? Didn't smear when I wet it, so...

    (Sorry for the gross close-ups...which may not even be useful) Stuck to a regular envelope, for size reference

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    This is a close-up of the largest, most prominent speck on the right...
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    1) Can someone ID the stain for me? I have no scabs, open wounds or anything.
    2) Are carpet beetle larvae light colored/yellow-ish and super tiny (seemed long-ish)?
    3) Should I be worried about the speck? I know it's hard to see, but this was the clearest pic I could get.

    Please help! I'm moving in a couple days and want to take all the precautionary measures possible. Thank you so much.

  2. pleasehelpbedbugs

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Thu Jul 23 2015 19:48:20
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    Found another one of those tiny larvae/nymphs... Used tape, stuck on a kitchen towel...

    This is the clearest shot I could get. Once again, seemed long-ish... Carpet beetle, I hope?

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    Thanks again

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Fri Jul 24 2015 6:33:32
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    Changed my sheets last night and found this under my back (where the bulk of my folliculitis is...)

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    Mark on top was a result of me trying to smear the speck, which promptly broke into two pieces.

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    clearer shot.

    Please help!!!

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    Not an expert but some of the stains look too light and diffuse for fecal, and fecal will not flake and brush off fabric as it appears it might in the latter photos?

    Other than having had bed bugs in the past, what makes you think you have them now?

    Hopefully an expert will come by soon and put your mind to ease but only a few people here make fecal IDs.

    There are kits that are very good at ruling out bed bug fecal that are sold at this site's Amazon store. You might want to invest in one of the kits for peace of mind.

    Richard

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    Richard56 - 2 hours ago  » 
    Not an expert but some of the stains look too light and diffuse for fecal, and fecal will not flake and brush off fabric as it appears it might in the latter photos?
    Other than having had bed bugs in the past, what makes you think you have them now?
    Hopefully an expert will come by soon and put your mind to ease but only a few people here make fecal IDs.
    There are kits that are very good at ruling out bed bug fecal that are sold at this site's Amazon store. You might want to invest in one of the kits for peace of mind.
    Richard

    Fecal stains are usually going to be along the edge of the piping on the mattress. Doesn't look bedbug related to me.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Fri Jul 24 2015 10:14:18
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    Thanks, Jim. Also, could you ID the stain in the main post, as well as the first speck? Any idea re: carpet beetle (or other common house insects') larva? Thank you so much!

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    And could the first stain in the main post be from squishing a bedbug in my sleep? Sorry for all the posts -- am super anxious and need assurance before I move next week. Thanks in advance

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Fri Jul 24 2015 16:49:33
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    pleasehelpbedbugs - 3 hours ago  » 
    And could the first stain in the main post be from squishing a bedbug in my sleep? Sorry for all the posts -- am super anxious and need assurance before I move next week. Thanks in advance

    Not likely. If you were to squish a recently fed bedbug in the middle of the night the stain would be much more red than that.
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    Thanks again, Jim. Could any of the larvae pictured be bed bug nymphs? I'm sorry, I know they aren't clear... They were very tiny and long-ish, did not move quickly, pale yellow.

    Also, I saw and killed a little, round, yellow-ish, spherical bug in the kitchen on the window sill (which is next to my room) last night. Are fourth-stage nymphs spherical or flat?


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