Bed Bug [ID please][a: book louse](9 posts)
I just saw a few bugs around a plant in my bedroom and am a bit freaked they might be bedbugs. I added a picture and movie on Flickr, as you can see the do hide in plain sight (which I hope makes it a good chance theyre not BB's) and light and move very fast. Still I'd be most gratefull if an expert could take a look at the picuteres..
While a superior foto would be preferred, this does not appear to be a bed bug and looks to be a psocid.
Please post a better close up foto.
Thx ! paul b.
Thanks for your reply, I'll try to make better pictures but I'm afraid these are the limits of my camera. Here's another picture though which shows that it has quite long feelers. I guess that more suits your theory of them being Psocids?
Thanks again, looking at pictures of Psocids I think this is indeed more likely, as the head seems bigger than the 'neck' which I don't see as much on bedbug pictures?
if your camera has a macro function, usually identified by a flower icon, try that.
but, it appreas to be a psocid.
Definitely a booklouse, member of insect order Psocoptera. Yes, thorax is narrower than in a bed bug, head is different and has an enlarged area in front of eyes, antennae are long and thread-like.
Ah that is quite a relief. Thank you both for your quick replies and sharing your expertise!
This looks exactly like the bug I found in my room this morning. The only live bug that I've found anywhere in my whole appartment. Do these bite people? How do you get rid of them? I have the live specimen in a pill vial waiting for the inspector on Tuesday. Any answers would help!
Actually I just did a little reading, and it says that book lice/psocids are colourless. The one I found is pure black. Any ideas?
Not necessarily colorless and some species (maybe what might be called barklice) can have coloration aside from the pale coloration of those that are normally found indoors.
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