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Bed bug ID [a: booklouse]

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  1. perkinsb

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Wed Oct 11 2017 14:08:42
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    I've been getting plenty of bites from something since moving into a new apartment (1-2 per day). My first thought was mosquitoes, but I haven't actually seen any of those. After a thorough search of the bed, sheets, bed frame, couch, cushions, etc. I found no bugs, droppings, shells or anything to indicate bed bugs. Today, however, I saw this little bug crawling on my desk, so I put some flypaper on it and put it under a microscope. What you're seeing is the underside. Any help identifying whether this is a bedbug would be greatly appreciated (and if not, any suggestions about what it might be)

    https://imgur.com/a/KZxut

  2. BigDummy

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    Wed Oct 11 2017 14:16:40
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    Not a bed bug. The antennae are far too segmented and the mouth parts are very different from a bed bug. That said I cannot give a positive ID as to what you have there, hopefully Lou will come across this thread and give you a proper ID. Again, this is not a bedbug.

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  3. loubugs

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    Wed Oct 11 2017 14:18:35
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    You took a nice close-up of a booklouse.

    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.
  4. perkinsb

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Wed Oct 11 2017 14:21:49
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    Thank you both


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