Bed Bugs? Please Help

Old 08-29-10, 10:04 PM
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Unhappy Bed Bugs? Please Help

Oh mann, I'm one of the neatness cleanest people I know and I find two of these! One on my window cill by my bed and another came running out into the light on my desk so I got a picture of it. They are incredibly small, I thought I have been being bitten by spiders while I'm sleeping or they don't show up until the next morning after being outdoors, small just a few here and there and not every night/morning. Please help this is freakn me out!

For size comparison this is a bic lighter on the lens hood cap the bug was on:
Old 08-30-10, 12:41 AM
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Did you check online? If not, below is an article. Unfortunately the picture didn't come out, but it didn't look anything like your picture.

Harvard School of Public Health website. What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs and their relatives have evolved as nest parasites. Certain kinds inhabit bird nests and bat roosts and await the return of their hosts; others have adapted well to living in the ‘nests’ (homes) of people.

Hatchling bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed, and adults are about 1/4 of an inch in length. From above they are oval in shape, but are flattened from top to bottom.

Their color ranges from nearly white (just after molting) or a light tan to a deep brown or burnt orange. The host’s blood may appear as a dark red or black mass within the bug’s body. Because they never develop wings, bed bugs cannot fly. When disturbed, bed bugs actively seek shelter in dark cracks and crevices. Cast skins of bed bugs are sometimes discovered. Although such a finding confirms that bed bugs had been present previously, it does not confirm that any continue to infest the residence. Thus, inspect carefully for live crawling bed bugs. Because many other kinds of small brown bugs may be discovered, it is critical to ensure that the bugs are correctly identified

Good luck.
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Hi 01, I'm not a pro on this so you will still need to identify that critter. A recent article in our area stated they are widespread and can be brought home after traveling. Their suggestion was to toss cloths in a dryer for 20 minutes and put your suitcase in a black plastic bag and let the sun cook it on a hot day. they showed a company preparing to seal up a house and raise the inside temp to 140º. Apparently that temp will kill the bugs and their eggs. It looked a lot more involved to make sure mattresses and all were treated equally, but it supposedly does a better job than sprays.

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This picture is not a bed bug. I don't have time to search now, but you should search for "psocid". Yes, the spelling is correct. They are commonly know as "book Lice". Harmless to people, but can be difficult to get rid of as they are caused by chronic dampness, usually found in large amounts of stored paper, books, etc.

As far as what is "biting you", don't assume that you are being bitten. All too often, people assume that they are being bitten simply because they don't know what else it could be. The process of elimination is not a good way to solve problems.
If you are being bitten, fleas could be an issue, mosquitoes, etc.
You could be bitten outside and the reaction to the bite could be delayed. All of us react differently to allergens.

You could be having a reaction to plants, nettles, ivy's etc. Where on your body are your marks? When our skin pores are open due to heat/sweating we can suffer from an allergen that otherwise wouldn't bother us. Many variables to consider. AS we age our reaction to allergens changes, as well. Keep us posted.
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I have checked online and read quite a bit about them, thanks for all your info! The reason I thought it was is because of the black eye balls, leg placement even antennas. The black spot on its back toward its rear, but it has a longer body shape EXACTLY like a PSOCID, thank you PAbugman!!! I am now much less worried that I have it identified!

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