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Bug ID Bed bug nymph?? [a: bird or rodent mite]

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  1. ithinkimintrouble

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    This is my first post. I'm glad this forum is here. I've been getting some mysterious bites for a few weeks now. Of course, I thought rogue mosquito/flea. Then last night, I found this little "dot" walking across my stomach at 3am. Do I have my first bed bug nymph?? Please help identify so that I can start panicking appropriately.

    Photo of underside:

    An "expert" just said it was a 'varied carpet beetle,' but when I zoom in on the photo, it looks exactly like a bed bug. And the bites...

  2. ithinkimintrouble

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    Hm, if the photo did not embed the url is https://imgur.com/a/XZRy7

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    Thank you for any and all help!

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    Couple more photos:

    under https://imgur.com/rq4oEFG
    over https://imgur.com/a/ot7y0

    It does appear to have a distinctive gut area?

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    It’s really hard to say from those photos but he’s such a little guy I don’t think you can get any better ones! Have you looked/found more?

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    He is VERY tiny. I did a thorough search of bed/sofa/sleeping areas in general. Did not find any other signs.

    I just have some mysterious bites (which could be from anything I do suppose) and one very tiny thing that really looks just like a nymph...should I try growing it? Anyone know how long it should take to digest (if it is a nymph), and become all clear again?

    Thanks for the reply. You're all so helpful on this forum.

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    Oh! Found another one! Small tiny as can be and may be associated with bites. Same dark abdomen area. Walks very fast. Can see the antennae. Could it really be a varied carpet beetle?

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    Not a bed bug, most likely a parasitic mite(bird/rodent). Can not be exactly sure by pictures. Those do bite in absence of real host. Did you have birds nesting nearby or a rodent problem you know of?

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    This is a bit...bigger... https://imgur.com/a/WGpEf

    Found near the other tiny one...a part of what looks like the upper abdomen and head of a mature bed beg? Or??

    Starting to feel a bit more worried.

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    Thank you for the reply, Mawiwala. It's possible about the rodents. It is an old house. But any thoughts on my new finding?

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    Late night addendum—I felt the one I caught bite me. Makes me want to lean towards bird/rodent mite...

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    Not bed bug related. Rodent/bird mites are pests by the way and the bites of them are often mistaken for bed bug bites. I would stop looking for bed bugs and start to look for possible rodents.

    You can wait for Lous second opinion but start to inform you about parasitic mites.

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    ithinkimintrouble - 3 hours ago  » 
    This is a bit...bigger... https://imgur.com/a/WGpEf
    Found near the other tiny one...a part of what looks like the upper abdomen and head of a mature bed beg? Or??
    Starting to feel a bit more worried.

    Has nothing to do with bed bugs.

    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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    ithinkimintrouble - 11 hours ago  » 
    This is my first post. I'm glad this forum is here. I've been getting some mysterious bites for a few weeks now. Of course, I thought rogue mosquito/flea. Then last night, I found this little "dot" walking across my stomach at 3am. Do I have my first bed bug nymph?? Please help identify so that I can start panicking appropriately.
    Photo of underside:

    An "expert" just said it was a 'varied carpet beetle,' but when I zoom in on the photo, it looks exactly like a bed bug. And the bites...

    Has nothing to do with beetles, nothing to do with bed bugs, nothing to do with insects. It's a mite and this looks like one that would be parasitic on birds or rodents. So your main problem is a problem with rodents and/or birds nesting and their parasite is going after you. It looks nothing like a bed bug.

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    Thank you everyone for all your help. You've greatly put my mind at ease (well...at least I know it's not bed bugs.)

    The update is that I am still getting bites. Will continue to launder, vacuum, look for rodents/birds.

    Just out of curiosity, what is the giveaway in my instance that I am dealing with mites? Is it the photo?

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    Oop, never mind. Answered my own question after more close reading. Thank you, loubugs.

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    ithinkimintrouble - 5 hours ago  » 
    Just out of curiosity, what is the giveaway in my instance that I am dealing with mites? Is it the photo?
    Oop, never mind. Answered my own question after more close reading. Thank you, loubugs.

    Photo of what looks like a parasitic rodent or bird mite and not a bed bug.


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