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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

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.

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.

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.

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!