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Subject: bug
Location: United States
August 17, 2016 11:34 pm
Sir I am 8 months pregnant and would love to know what kind of bug has been on my mattress since I’ve been gone. I’m scared it’s bed bugs and I know I can’t afford to get rid of them. The small ones look like fleas, the big ones look like ticks. I had bug bites on my arms for awhile I just didn’t know it was from my mattress.
Signature: shayla price

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Shayla,
We are sorry to have to tell you that this is a Bed Bug.  The good news is that Bed Bugs do not spread diseases.  We would urge you to consult with a physician, but to the best of our knowledge, bites from a Bed Bug should not affect your unborn child.  Again, we are not medical experts, so you should check with a physician.

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Subject: Bug on wall by bed
Location: Dundalk ?
June 1, 2016 5:26 am
Well ive had problems with bedbugs before and i thought i got rid of them but now im not sure cc i seen this bug today by my bed. But it dosent look like any bedbugs ive seen before.
Signature: Dominick

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Dominick,
The bad news is that this is certainly a Bed Bug.

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Subject: What’s this bug?!
Location: Bedroom (addition to house)
April 19, 2016 3:42 am
For months now something has been giving me hives in the middle of the night. Changed everything, still couldn’t figure it out. Found one of these buggers in the sheets, but blew it off bc we didn’t find anymore. I was up all night bc I got hives again (not normal hives–burning stinging itching hives), and this morning my arm was on fire, I lifted my sleeve to find this little guy. Could you please tell me what it is?
Signature: Colleen

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Colleen,
This is a blood-sucking Bed Bug, and if you found one, there may be more hiding in your bedroom.  Try checking between the mattress and box spring for more.  They hide during the day and come out at night to feed on blood.

Bites from a Bed Bug

Bites from a Bed Bug

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Subject: Bugs in my bed:(
Location: Columbus, Ohio
March 21, 2016 7:58 pm
I keep finding these bugs in my bed and I don’t know what they are and where they are coming from. The bugs were around 5 millimeters big. Recently I also had some bumps resembling bug bites on my back and neck, though they did not itch. Hopefully you can help me. I have included a picture of one of the bugs I found and the bites which I assume come from these bugs.
Signature: Ellyce

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Ellyce,
The bug you found in your bed is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest.  You have bumps on your neck.  We cannot say for certain that there is any relationship between the two occurrences.  Varied Carpet Beetles are not known to bite humans.  Perhaps you can find the cause of the bumps on Healthline which has a page entitled What’s Causing This Raised Bump on My Skin?

Bumps on Neck

Bumps on Neck

Subject: Another bug in my bed:(
Location: Columbus, Ohio
March 21, 2016 8:07 pm
I just sent a message a few minutes ago, but I found a picture of one of the earlier bugs (there’s been four I found total) and this one looks different. This one was between 3 and 4 millimeters.
Thank you.
Signature: Ellyce

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Hi again Ellyce,
The second bug you found in your bed is a blood sucking Bed Bug and it might be responsible for the bumps on your neck and back.  You indicated the bumps did not itch.  The American Academy of Dermatology does make a reference to itching and their Bed Bug page is embedded within the Itchy Skin category.   The Terminex site states:  “Not everyone reacts to a bed bug bite, but itching is one of the most common reactions for those who do.”  Once again, we cannot say for certain that the bumps are related to the presence of bugs in your bed, but you definitely have found a blood sucking Bed Bug and if there is one, there might be more.

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Subject: Please identify this
Location: Kentucky
March 9, 2016 10:22 pm
Small brownish color.
Signature: Dwillb

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Dwillb,
Despite your blurry image, this sure looks like a Bed Bug to us.  The Bed Bug is our featured Bug of the Month this month.

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Ed. Note:  April 11, 2016
Bed Bug identification queries have increased greatly in the past five years, and though most of those have turned out to be Carpet Beetles or other Household Pests, actual Bed Bug sightings have also greatly increased, prompting us to add Bed Bugs to our Top 10 tag.

Subject: Tick?
Location: Chicago, IL USA
February 29, 2016 1:32 pm
I found this bug on my backpack today. Im not really sure what it is, but it sort of looks like a tick. I do not live in a heavily wooded area (I live in Chicago). This bug was very little and very flat. Im hoping you can tell me what it is.
Signature: Julia

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Julia,
The bad news is that this is a blood-sucking Bed Bug and if you found it in your home, you may have more.  Look for bites that occur while sleeping.  The good news is that we are featuring your submission as the Bug of the Month for March 2016.

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