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Subject: hi
Location: iran
August 6, 2014 10:22 pm
we found this bug about two month ago in the house and it seems s.th wrong with bites of that and actually the house is full of them now!
the first photo is Oviposition
the second one is the bug himself!
i’ll send alergy effect of my body to the bite of this bug as 3rd photo
,plz help me..;-)
Signature: emergency

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear emergency,
Though we sympathize with your situation, we are grateful that you have provided us with such comprehensive documentation of Bed Bugs, evidence associated with them and the effects of their numerous, nocturnal bites.
  The image that you have called “oviposition” is actually bedding that frequently provides the initial evidence that Bed Bugs are present.  According to BedBugs.net, signs of a Bed Bug infestation include:  “Bed Bug Fecal Matter (looks like blood and often found as smears on sheets or linen)
… Blood Stains on Sheets From Bites, Bed Bug Bites,” and your images indicate you have all the signs of a major infestation.  We don’t know how good your extermination services are in Iran, but in North America where Bed Bug populations are on the rise, there is considerable publicity regarding the problem.  On a positive note, Bed Bugs are not considered to be vectors for diseases, but we are sure that you are aware that the nocturnal bites are more than a mere annoyance.

Evidence of Bed Bugs:  Stains on bedding including fecal matter and blood.

Evidence of Bed Bugs: Stains on bedding including fecal matter and blood.

According to the University of Kentucky Entomology site:  “Bed bugs are active mainly at night. During the daytime, they prefer to hide close to where people sleep. Their flattened bodies enable them to fit into tiny crevices–especially those associated with mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards. Bed bugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but do tend to congregate in habitual hiding places. Characteristically, these areas are marked by dark spotting and staining, which is the dried excrement of the bugs. Also present will be hatched and un-hatched eggs, the tannish shed skins of maturing nymphs, and the bugs themselves. Another possible sign are rusty or reddish smears on bed sheets or mattresses from crushed engorged bed bugs. Although it’s often stated that bed bugs have a telltale ‘buggy’ odor, the smell is seldom evident except in extreme infestations and should not be relied upon for detection.”  The University of Kentucky Entomology site also states:  “A common concern with bed bugs is whether or not they transmit diseases. Although bed bugs can harbor various pathogens, transmission to humans has not been proven and is considered unlikely. Their medical significance is most commonly attributed to itching and inflammation from their bites. Antihistamines and corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce allergic reactions, and antiseptic or antibiotic ointments to prevent infection. Though not known to carry diseases, bed bugs can substantially reduce quality of life by causing discomfort, sleeplessness, anxiety, and embarrassment. According to some health experts, the added stress from living with bed bugs can have a significant impact on the emotional health and well-being of certain individuals.”  Finally, the site states:  “Bed bugs are challenging to eradicate. Since they can hide in so many places, inspections must be thorough and elimination is not always a certainty. Whenever resources allow, it’s prudent to enlist the services of a professional. Experienced pest controllers know where to look for bed bugs, and have an assortment of tools at their disposal. Nonetheless, owners and occupants can assist the professional in several important ways. Affording access to all living areas is crucial, and excess clutter will need to be removed. Belongings strewn about rooms offer many places for the bugs to hide, and impede inspection and treatment. Since bed bugs can disperse throughout a building, it often will be necessary to inspect adjoining rooms and apartments as well.”  Now that you know what you have, you can do additional research and determine the best means for controlling the situation.  Good luck.

Serious Bed Bug Bites

Serious Bed Bug Bites

 

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Subject: Am I an NYC Chick w/ Ticks?
Location: Brooklyn, NY
August 5, 2014 10:37 pm
I’ve been known to be culprit victim that Mosquitos go after in a big group of people…. But this summer the bites I’ve had are an entire different ballgame.
They normally attack me in my brooklynapartment, but have also been other locations like the jitney bus.
There is 1 obvious dot in the Bit indicating a small stinger … And are about 3x as big as Mosquitos and much more red and puffy on the skin.
I’ve had 3 bites in a row (forehead and leg) and it’s obviously from same bug.
Then I was Bit on my ankle and it stung and hurt immediately (unlike others without pain).
My ankle has been swolen, inflamed and red for 4 days now.
Few days after I found this bug in my bed
Praying it’s not bed bugs… Thoughts?
Signature: Bitsy

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

We hate to be the bearers of bad news Bitsy, but this sure looks like a Bed Bug to us.

The three bites in a row are the tip off. In the bad old days, which apparently come returned, the three bites were commonly referred to as “breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”  I’ve experienced ‘em myself after a miserable night in a cheap motel.
Jim

Thanks for that information Jim.

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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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