BUG ID Help(9 posts)
The last few nights I've been getting these odd bug bite welts on my arms , they don't itch too bad, and disappear in about an hour. I have turned my bed upside down looking for any sign of bedbugs, but haven't found any.
A few minutes ago, I found this guy underneath my ironing board cover.
I trapped him in tape, and took a pic of him under a cheap microscope. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Good news is that its 100% not bedbug.
I think it is likely to be a tick. If you don't have an entomologist handy as a vet to check it out and see what they say.
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It didn't look like the one I caught earlier this year - when I had a small infestation. I've since moved, but now I'm worried I have them in my new place.
Too out of focus but it doesn't scream BB. The antennae don't look right.
Take a look at the antennae. BBs have a klutzy 4 segmented one while many other insects have clubbed, like a ladybug, or multisegmented whispy ones like a roach.
I see David chimed in and a tick is a good suspect. Adult ticks have 8 legs but in their infancy can have just 6.
The body wasn't flat, but I know bb's can get engorged after a meal, so I wasn't sure.
These fast-vanishing, non-itchy welts still have me concerned though. They're nothing like the bb bites I had before.
Keep an eye on the bites as ticks can transmit some nasty virus's which are more treatable if caught early. If the bites become red or tender see a medical professional sooner rather than later and take them the sample as well.
Will do. Really appreciate the help and timely response.
I'd say that it's not a tick, but an insect, a Gibbium , spider beetle. The body shape looks like it plus legs have that type of heaviness and coloration of that beetle species. If you are experiencing bites, it wouldn't be from a spider beetle. You could cut the tape and flip over the specimen. You might have to cut the tape out so you could flip the specimen and then keep it upside down and take another picture.
I'm with Lou. That most certainly looks like a spider beetle.
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