I sent you an email befor you got the extra bandwidth. In fact after I sent the email I was not able to view your site again untill tonight. I would hate to think it was my email that broke your bandwidth limits. At any rate, I don’t belive you received my email as most of your other emails seem to be posted/replied to very quickly. That being said I will do the best I can to reconstruct my email. Please feel free to omit/change any parts of this email as you see fit. BTW, your page loads are much faster now.
When I was younger I studied entomology, and even won second place for my display at the state fair. That is why I was very suprised that I had no idea what I was looking at when I saw bed bug for the first time. Your site helped me identify them. It was nice to be able to see all of the different variations and stages of growth. I also w anted to make a small contribution to the knowledge base. One of the signs of an infestation (according to annother web site my girlfriend visited) is small streaks/smears of blood on the sheets. I observed this in my own case, but did not think much of it (although I guess I should have been a little bit more curious about it). I attached a few pictures of my sheets, I don’t know if they will be of any use as they are not very clear since the only camera I had at the moment was my camera-phone. Perhaps they will help someone out though. I’m guessing it happes when I roll over in my sleep and I inadvertantly squash them. And I presume the bigger streaks are from bigger bugs, or ones that have been eating better.
I have never seen a web site with this much information and this many pictures. It is a great web site and I intend to continue using it. Thanks…
Baltimore, MD

Hi Neely,
Thanks for the information. The streaks are most likely digested blood that has been eliminated by the bedbugs. Here is what Hogue writes: “When indoors, the Common Bedbug feeds exclusively on human blood, invading the bed at night for its meals. Although the bite may cause immediate pain in some individuals, the first indication of its presence is often only dark stains on the bed sheets from the bug’s excrement or the itching of bites the next day. Heavy infestations of bedbugs also are accompanied by a characteristic disagreeable musky odor that comes from the bugs’ scent glands, which are similar to those possessed by Stink Bugs. Some people assume that the source of infestation is dirt or old colthing, and these mistaken ideas probably stem from the bug’s ability to withstand long periods without food. Infestation always begins, of course, by introduction from other preexisting infestations. and the bug easily finds transportation on clothing, bedding, or overstuffed furniture. During the day Bedbugs hide in crevices in walls and floors, behind wall decorations, and in furniture.”

Update (12/20/2005)
Eric Eaton just provided the following information: “I attended a symposium about them, and they leave behind sticky black speckles when they defecate. I have heard nothing about blood continuing to run after their feeding, so I doubt that this occurs. The wound resulting in the stains must be due to something else. Bed bugs are already problematic and set to get much worse globally. Anyone travelling, or considering purchasing mattresses and boxsprings (especially used), should be alerted to this menace.”

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