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Bug ID please [a: bed bug nymph & unrelated true bug]

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  1. giad27

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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/153506642@N02/36315816591/in/dateposted-public/
    I'm posting again after a failed photo attempt. We are in the process of eliminating the bed bugs. I have found 2 alive in the past 10 days, and this today on my son's pillow. It doesn't look like the others. Thanks

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    Hi,

    This one is almost certainly a bed bug or close relative:

    IMG_7081 by Gia DeGenova, on Flickr

    The other one is 100% not.

    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks so much! They're almost gone 🤞

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    giad27 - 11 hours ago  » 
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/153506642@N02/36315816591/in/dateposted-public/
    I'm posting again after a failed photo attempt. We are in the process of eliminating the bed bugs. I have found 2 alive in the past 10 days, and this today on my son's pillow. It doesn't look like the others. Thanks

    As David noted above, the picture of the light-colored bug is a bed bug nymph. The dark bug is a different species of true bug, but it's possible that this one also may bite, but it's more tasting than feeding. It seems that many bug species, whether predaceous or phytophagous, will taste people if they crawl on you. It's really not feeding just sampling.

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    Thanks. That makes sense because there was a small amount of blood when I smushed it, but not like what you get with a bed bug. Thankfully the nymph was dead from the poison when I wiped the floor with this towel. I'm feeling confident that we're actually getting on top of this. I've seen only 3 live bed bugs in the past 2 weeks. Does that seem like we're doing well or is there no way to actually measure success until they're gone for sure? Thanks for your help

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    giad27 - 49 minutes ago  » 
    Thanks. That makes sense because there was a small amount of blood when I smushed it, but not like what you get with a bed bug. Thankfully the nymph was dead from the poison when I wiped the floor with this towel. I'm feeling confident that we're actually getting on top of this. I've seen only 3 live bed bugs in the past 2 weeks. Does that seem like we're doing well or is there no way to actually measure success until they're gone for sure? Thanks for your help

    Red color might not be your blood, but normal coloration of hemocoelic fluid of bug. It might not have any of your blood in its gut.


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