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bug ID, please! bed bug? freaking out [image added; expert ID needed]

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  1. JHinKS

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    Tue Aug 8 2017 15:37:31
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    Trying to determine if my husband brought home bed bugs while traveling recently. Found 2 of these bugs in the last week -- once on a pillow on our bedroom floor and once in a bathroom (not attached to a bedroom). I woke up with about 50 bites over the weekend, but because of their placement on me and our recent outdoor activity, I thought they were chiggers. Seeing this, I am not sure. I haven't seen any blood stains, fecal stains, etc. and we have all white bedding, so I assume they would be visible? Please help! I have a quote for bed bug dog inspection/heat treatment from a professional in our area and it's very expensive.
    bedbug by JKinKS, on Flickr

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    Tue Aug 8 2017 15:47:08
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    Hi,

    Not the clearest of images but it's not a bed bug.

    Hope that helps.

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    Tue Aug 8 2017 15:59:54
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    Definitely helpful, thank you. Sorry for the poor quality, I only have my phone as a camera and I'm not at all a photographer. I sent it to our exterminator who quoted me the $1000+ for treatment after saying he definitely thought it looked like a bedbug, but I wanted a second opinion before even considering that. We did inherit a few dead (that I saw) roaches from the warehouse where our household items were stored for about a month between moves. Any possibility it's related to that? I guess I'm just wondering if you can say you're certain it's not a bed bug. Again, I know you're not working with a great image so I appreciate your help.

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    As David noted, picture isn't clear. The background would be best if there were more contrast, so using a white lined or graph paper would be better.

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    Tue Aug 8 2017 16:24:07
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    Well, in an attempt to move it onto a lined note card, it fell apart a little. I'm assuming this is even less helpful.

    bedbug 2 by JKinKS, on Flickr


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