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Subject:  Audrey
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest ohio
Date: 04/06/2018
Time: 06:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey I found this in my bearded dragon tank and can’t figure out what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Audrey

Bed Bug Nymph

Dear Audrey,
This sure looks to us like a Bed Bug nymph, and you can compare your individual to this BugGuide image.  This is quite puzzling for us.  According to BugGuide, the members of the Bed Bug family 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.”   According to the U.S. Government Environmental Protection Agency site:  “Young bed bugs (also called nymphs), in general, are: smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color; and if not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of coloring and size.”  Your individual appears to have recently fed, presumable from the blood of your Bearded Dragon.  We would also wonder why a single Bed Bug nymph appeared suddenly in your reptile tank leading us to speculate if it was bred in your home or if it was recently transported to the tank from something you got at the pet store.  We imagine mammals and birds sold at pet stores might become prey to Bed Bugs and kin in the family Cimicidae.  BeardedDragon.org contains a Q&A forum posting regarding bearded dragons and bed bugs, but no definitive answer is provided.

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Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Missouri
Date: 03/24/2018
Time: 06:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looking for what type of bug this might be.  Dealing with a big mold problem and found this bug in the bathroom.  Wondering if they are related.
How you want your letter signed:  Brad

Bed Bug

Dear Brad,
This looks like a blood-sucking Bed Bug to us.  On a positive note, it is not related to your mold problem.

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Subject:  Is this a bed bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Columbus Ohio
Date: 01/25/2018
Time: 03:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please I’d this bug? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Nervous

Bed Bug

Dear Nervous,
This is indeed a Bed Bug.

Well booger. I was hoping it was not since I could not find any other evidence of them in the house. I appreciate your help. Thank you!

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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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