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Bed bug ID [a: booklouse, misidentified by PCO]

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  1. Combatcat

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    https://i.imgur.com/htOUrKa.jpg
    I never got an answer.. bed bug or booklouse?
    Thanks in advance

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    It's usually easier for the pros if the specimen is outside the bag... if you've still got it?

    "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras" Theodore Woodward

    I am, by no means, a pro. I'm simply a person that has had unfortunate luck, and somehow acquired the little guys.
    Any/all 'advice' I have to share is based on my own personal history and/or things I've read from the professionals on this site.
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    The guy came and said it is a bed bug (ive had two sprays so far and my third one is in two weeks)
    But i showed a similar bug on here and it was identified as a booklouse. I found them both hiding on my window sill. So just curious.
    Sadly, the guy killed it.

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    Post called 'tiny bugs in my kitchen'

    2nd and 4th photos are booklouse. If that helps? Also, book louse are super tiny, like 1-2mm, where bed bugs (as older nymphs and adults) are more like 1/4in.

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    This is my Flickr- all bugs pictures are, in fact, bed bugs. Just so you can distinguish.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/157967708@N08/

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    I want to say booklouse but i cant tell for sure. Either way my landlord has been amazing and has done everything to help... even listen to my crazy rants lol.

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    Combatcat - 22 seconds ago  » 
    I want to say booklouse but i cant tell for sure. Either way my landlord has been amazing and has done everything to help... even listen to my crazy rants lol.

    You're lucky! I've read some landlord horror stories!

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    I can imagine!
    He even said they found no bed bugs for the second inspection/spray, but will spray again because i was freaking out over the bugs i found on the window sill (which happen to be booklouse... ooops)
    But the guy called the first one .. the picture i have on this thread an actual bed bug.

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    Combatcat - 10 hours ago  » 
    https://i.imgur.com/htOUrKa.jpg
    I never got an answer.. bed bug or booklouse?
    Thanks in advance
    The guy came and said it is a bed bug (ive had two sprays so far and my third one is in two weeks)
    But i showed a similar bug on here and it was identified as a booklouse. I found them both hiding on my window sill. So just curious.
    Sadly, the guy killed it.

    The guy was 100% wrong. It's obvious that it's not a bed bug nymph. He should refund your money.

    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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    Thank you for the response... i feel relieved that its not a bed bug, but also upset that we got sprayed for no reason.

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    Combatcat - 13 hours ago  » 
    Thank you for the response... i feel relieved that its not a bed bug, but also upset that we got sprayed for no reason.

    So contact him with the information provided here as to correct ID.


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