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Subject:  Big bit me!
Geographic location of the bug:  York, Ne
Date: 01/23/2019
Time: 10:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This booger bit me!
How you want your letter signed:  Itchy & Scratchy

Bed Bug

Dear Itchy & Scratchy,
You were bitten by a Bed Bug.  Chances are if there is one, there are most likely more.

Well darn.  2019 OFF TO A GREAT START.  Gotta go, time to burn my house down. Just kidding. But I’m sad and overwhelmed. Oh goodness.

We are sorry to be the bearer of bad news.  Bed Bugs are very adept at hiding during the day, under the mattress, behind pictures on the wall and between the wall and baseboards.  You might need professional assistance.

 

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Subject:  Found in SD home
Geographic location of the bug:  NE South Dakota
Date: 01/11/2019
Time: 01:51 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this crawling on a canvas blanket in home. Have not been able to locate any others in the home after extensive looking. No recent trips outside of home.
How you want your letter signed:  Concerned

Bed Bug

Dear Concerned,
You have cause for concern.  This is a Bed Bug, a blood-sucking insect that often feeds on sleeping humans.  There has been much publicity online in the past ten years as populations of Bed Bugs are increasing, especially in urban areas.  This individual appears to be fully grown, or nearly fully grown.  Not finding any more is not necessarily a sign that there are no more as Bed Bugs have an uncanny ability to hide during the day, only emerging at night to feed.  They are able to hide between the mattress and box spring, behind baseboards and under pictures and other items hanging on the walls.  Have you had any visitors lately?  Bed Bugs can stow away in luggage.  Another possible source of infestations is used furniture.

Bed Bug

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Subject:  Uninvited classmate
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast Pennsylvania
Date: 01/14/2019
Time: 11:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this bug in our Kindergraten classroom and would like to know what it is and if there’s a chance that we could find more. It was 10 degrees this morning, we doubt it came from outside. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Ruthie

Bed Bug

Dear Ruthie,
This sure looks like a Bed Bug to us.  Is there a place where your kindergarten students take a nap?  You might want to closely inspect any upholstered furniture or bedding in that area.  Hopefully, this was a newly introduced individual that has not had a chance to become established in your classroom, but it is best to err on the side of caution and inspect the location in question and possibly have a professional in to make an assessment.  Bed Bugs will bite and suck the blood of sleeping individuals, and Bed Bugs have evolved to help them avoid detection, making infestations more and more common in recent years.

Dear Mr. Marlos,
Thank you for your quick response. I will let our principal know so the proper measures can take place to protect our students.
I found What’s that Bug  website to be very informative. I have been reading it for few years now, it’s a great resource.
Thanks again,
Ruthie
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Subject:  Heeeeeeelp
Geographic location of the bug:  Morehead Coty, NC, USA
Date: 12/10/2018
Time: 02:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I believe this is what has been biting me. I’m pretty sure it’s a bedbug, but I want to make sure before flipping out. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  TheChamp

Bed Bug

Dear TheChamp,
You are correct that this is a Bed Bug, a blood-sucking insect that will infest homes and feed on sleeping humans.

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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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