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Subject:  Bug that looks like bed bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Waterloo iowa
Date: 12/14/2017
Time: 02:28 AM EDT
Please tell me this isnt a bed bug
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa payne

Squashed Bed Bug

Dear Melissa,
We are sorry, but this does appear to be a squashed Bed Bug.

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Subject:  Bed bug or flea?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Indiana
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 06:12 PM EDT
Hello, there is a concern about bugs in the couch at my workplace. Now we’ve had an exterminator visit 3 times in the last month. Twice he brought a dog to sniff for any sign of bed bugs. All three visits he told us we had nothing to worry about if our concern was bed bugs. He mentioned it could potentially be fleas since we are located in a very pet friendly location. But im still not entirely convinced. I’m attaching one photo of a picture of the bug. And another photo next to a basic ink pen to compare size. What is your opinion here? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Zach

Bed Bug

Dear Zach,
Thanks for including the ballpoint pen tip for scale.  This is a Bed Bug, and its small size indicates there is probably a breeding population of Bed Bugs in the couch.  If the exterminator did not address the issue, and if the couch isn’t valuable, you might want to consider discarding it.

Bed Bug

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Indiana
August 22, 2017 6:09 pm
We’d like to know asap what kind of bug you think this is!
Signature: help!!!

Bed Bug

We have a hunch you already suspect this is a Bed Bug.  You might find the History of Bed Bugs page helpful.  The site begins with this fascinating introduction:  “It is thought that C. lecturlarius may have actually originated in the Middle East, in caves that were inhabited by humans as well as bats. The lineages of the bed bug can be traced by their name as well. In ancient Rome, they were called Cimex, meaning ‘bug’, the species designation lecturlarius refers to a couch or bed.  They are ancient insects and they have lived off hosts since time began. Studies have suggested that they parasitized bats first and then moved on to humans. The bugs inhabited the same caves where civilization began.” 

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Georgia
August 13, 2017 9:01 am
We’ve had a bug out break at my apartment. With two types of beetles. I suspect that the second one may be a bed bug. The first one is a beetle I can’t identify. I’ve been getting bit and a stingy feeling I imagine from two separate bugs. Can you help me identify them?
Signature: Extremely grateful, Shanice

Cockroach Nymph

Dear Shanice,
The insect on the tip of that impressively manicured finger is an immature Smoky Brown Cockroach,
Periplaneta fuliginosa, as you can see by comparing it to this BugGuide image.  According to Urban Entomology:  “Smoky-brown cockroaches require high humidity for survival. They are found outside in wooded areas that provide shade and moisture. They can also be seen in protected areas around homes (tree holes and mulch) and in buildings and attics. Stacks of lumber and firewood, sewer-access openings and trash piles can contribute to infestations. Once in structures they are commonly found in attics or near fireplaces. These cockroaches can be attracted by a leaky roof.”  We suspect the bites you are getting are coming from some other creature.  Your other images are somewhat blurry, however the insect in one image does resemble a Bed Bug and it is likely the cause of the bites.

Possible Bed Bug

 

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: West Chester, OH
August 1, 2017 8:58 pm
Haven’t seen this before but it was crawling around an electrical outlet but worth almost no urgency. Can you please identify it?
Signature: Need to Know

Bed Bug

This is a Bed Bug.  If you found one, chances are there are more.

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Subject: PLEASE tell me This I said not a bedbug
Location: Florida
June 29, 2017 2:39 pm
I found this bug in my living room and shined a light on it and it didn’t move. I’m hoping it was a dead cockroach. My apartment has an exterminator that sprays for cockroachs but not bed bugs.
Signature: Sleepless girl

Bed Bug

Dear Sleepless Girl,
We are sorry but we cannot allay your fears as this is a Bed Bug.

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