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Subject: Another bed bug question…
Location: Northern Virginia
March 12, 2014 11:10 pm
Earlier today, around noon, I was in the bathroom and felt something on my leg and killed this bug. At first it looked to me like a bed bug. This startled me a little so I decided to do some research which only added to my suspicions. While it does look a lot like a bed bug, there are some things that also look slightly different. The first thing is that it seems a little darker than the images I am finding online. The next thing is the body shape is slightly different. The third feature is that the area behind the eyes or head(I guess it’s called a pronotum?) seems to be a different shape than bed bugs.
I have never seen any evidence of bedbugs in the house or on my body before. Is this a bed bug or is it something else?
The second picture was taken after I accidentally removed the legs and antennae when I dropped it. The bug is also about 2mm long.
Signature: I. M.

Possibly Bat Bug

Possibly Bat Bug

Dear I.M.,
While this might not be a Human Bed Bug, it does resemble a member of the family Cimidae.  It might be a Bat Bug,
Cimex adjunctus, which can be viewed on BugGuide.

Thank you for the help. I still plan to bring it to a local expert just to be safe.
Thanks again!
Ian McCluskey

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Subject: What is this bug, PLEASE???
Location: New York City
March 5, 2014 7:25 am
I found one of these bugs on my bed a couple of months ago and then another one last night. It is too big for a bed bug (it is less than a quarter of an inch long though). Both my wife and I have itching and we are wondering if we have an infestation of these and if they are causing the itching. It is very clear when you enlarge it. Would appreciate any information you can give. Thank you very much.
Signature: David

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Hi David,
While most frantic identification requests we receive regarding Bed Bugs are other creatures like Carpet Beetles, this is the real deal.  You have Bed Bugs and you should take immediate action to eradicate them.

Update:  July 28, 2014
Subject: bed bugs
July 28, 2014 12:20 am
Thanks for your perspective on this , Bed bugs have been the curse for people and they not only suck your blood but also steal away your peace of mind. You cannot just try out any DIY to get rid of them the only best option however is to choose a good bed bug exterminator. For me  http://www.bedbug911.com/ is the right choice, it has helped me a lot to get rid of this problem once for all.
Signature: lung shepherf

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Subject: Bedbug
Location: California Sacramento
March 1, 2014 2:25 pm
Is this a bedbug?
Signature: Diana

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Diana,
Your image is quite blurry, however, this does appear to be a Bed Bug.

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Subject: Do I have bedbugs?
Location: Elko, NV
February 26, 2014 12:31 am
Bugman
For the past week I have found these little bugs in my daughters room on her wall surrounding her night light. I get rid of them daily and each morning there are 5-10 more bugs around her night light. I have searched everywhere in her room for more of them, or to see if I can find a nest or more signs of them but nothing. I haven’t found them anywhere else in the house. She has no bite marks or rashes. I’m not sure how to get rid of them or find out where they are coming from. I have no pets but just moved into my home 5 months ago it is a older home and was vacant for 3 years prior to us moving in.
Please help me??
Signature: Freaked out by bugs.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Dear Freaked out by bugs,
You have a serious problem with either Bed Bugs, or another closely related, blood sucking relative in the family Cimicidae.  According to BugGuide, they are:  “ectoparasites of birds and mammals; most are associated with birds & bats, only 2 spp. (
Cimex lectularius and C. hemipterus) are permanently associated with humans.”  We urge you to take immediate action as you have an infestation, judging by the numbers you cite and the size of the individuals in the images you provided.  They are definitely reproducing nearby.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Even species not normally associated with humans will bite sleeping people if no other prey is available.  Most of the identification requests we receive of potential Bed Bugs are Carpet Beetle larvae or something too blurry to identify, but you have the real deal.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Thank you much for quick response.  Now I’m totally freaked out.  What is the best course of action to take to insure that I get rid of all of them? That they don’t come back?  Is this something I can do on my own or do I need to find professional help?
Thanks

We just approved a comment to your site from a pest control agency that states:  “These are definitely bed bugs. Freaked out by bugs should definitely check the crevices of the daughter’s mattress, along with the sheets, pillows and night stand. There is definitely an infestation and it should be treated immediately.”  It would require incredible diligence on your part to eradicate the infestation.  This would be a situation where we believe the best course of action would be to have a professional assess the situation.  Eradication is compounded by the fact that Bed Bugs can survive a long time without feeding.

 

 

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Subject: Bed bug maybe ?
Location: On pants in house
February 11, 2014 11:13 pm
I’m not sure what this bug is I’m hoping it’s not a bed bug but I’m thinking it is
Signature: Any

Blurry Bug:  Bed Bug or Not???

Blurry Bug: Bed Bug or Not???

Dear Any,
Since Bed Bugs are cosmopolitan, the exact geographic location of the pants in your house are not of any consequence, however, for future reference, we like a position on the globe for location.  This image is entirely too blurry to identify, but it does look much like the blurry image we posted earlier in the week that we believe might be a Bed Bug.

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Subject: identify bug
Location: Durham NC
February 11, 2014 4:15 am
This bug was crawling on my cover on my bed.
Signature: Sharon

Blurry Bug might be Bed Bug

Blurry Bug might be Bed Bug

Hi Sharon,
We are sorry, but this image is much too blurry to identify conclusively.

Ed. Note:  While the outline of this insect does indeed resemble the contours of a Bed Bug, we did not want to alarm Sharon needlessly.  While we acknowledge that might be a possibility, we cannot be certain.  Sharon should know soon enough if there is a true Bed Bug problem, but we felt compelled not to contribute to unnecessary paranoia.

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