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Bat or Bed Bug? Expert ID Needed! [a: male bat bug]

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  1. isitabatorbed

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Tue Apr 18 2017 15:33:34
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    Can anyone tell if this is a bat bug or bed bug? Can't find any more in the typical bed bug places and noone has any visible bite. No trails in the sheets. We have had bats in the attic (maybe still do) and found this bug on a bed below one of these areas.
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  2. loubugs

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Apr 19 2017 5:14:21
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    Male bat bug. You can see that the pronotal setae are very long relative to the eye. The front of the pronotum behind the head is not excavated very much and not flared on the sides.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Apr 19 2017 15:11:14
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    Great photos!

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Thu Apr 20 2017 6:35:37
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    Nobugsonme - 15 hours ago  » 
    Great photos!

    Yes, I agree.

  5. Livingagain

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Apr 20 2017 7:05:37
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    You're such a great resource for us, Lou!!

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    Thu Apr 20 2017 10:15:49
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    I assume you understand that treatment protocols are different from bed bugs? BTW what camera/lens did you use? Nice photos.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Apr 20 2017 10:24:42
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    Thank you so much! Yes we are working on excluding the bats and have a pest control company working with us to exterminate the bugs during the process. I used an iphone 7 plus and a carson 10x coin magnifier like this - https://www.amazon.com/Carson-LumiLoupe-Power-Magnifier-LL-10/dp/B000CAHCQS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1492698232&sr=8-5&keywords=coin+magnifying+glass


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