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Bug ID please: past bed bug problems [a: probable lygaeoid bug]

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  1. Afraidbugs

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    So, I might be being paranoid, but you all can understand that right??

    I had bed bugs in late August/September. I got 3 treatments, I moved between #2 & 3. They inspected the new house and got an all clear before we moved in furniture, which apparently the furniture had not been fully eradicated. So they have us their 3rd and final treatment with a 30 day guarantee. The treatment was late October and the guarantee started November 8th after a final inspection.

    It's 2 months later and i have since had the passive monitors for almost 1.5 months. I have them installed, according to the methods listed here, one on my bed and one on my couch.
    I have seen no indicators on the passives.

    I was also a reactor to the bites (my boyfriend didn't seem to be, so i was the warning flag) could that ever change? Anyways, I had one set of 2 bites that o really think were bed bug bites about a week after that inspection, find nothing. No bites since then.

    By all indicators i have seen and felt nothing but am still highly stressed and depressed from everything and barely starting to unpack more from the move (everything on plastic bags for months after washing, everything packed still hidden...)

    Well last night I'm laying in bed and i end up finding this guy on my arm which was on the bed, and i flip. I looked at everything but found nothing else.
    I'm thinking i see a wing ripped off and possibly another attached to him, which would make it NOT a bed bug, but i have lack of sleep now and I want some other opinions for a piece off mind. Without going to the PCO ( is that the term I'm looking for?) for something that isn't a bedbug.

    Sorry so long!!! Here's some pictures

    20170110_014738 by Afraid Bugs, on Flickr

    20170110_024807 by Afraid Bugs, on Flickr

    20170110_024942 by Afraid Bugs, on Flickr

    20170110_024752 by Afraid Bugs, on Flickr

  2. loubugs

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    Posted 1 month ago
    Tue Jan 10 2017 15:33:49
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    Correct. Is not a bed bug, but is a true bug. Normal sized front and hind wings. It's a bit obscured by plastic. Sometimes, non-parasitic bugs and plant feeders will bite people just to taste, not to feed.

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    Tue Jan 10 2017 17:36:06
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    Thank you so much loubugs. Sorry about the plastic, I was pretty scared last night when I took the pictures. Though I think you were able to identify even with the poor quality of my pictures lol
    Here is a new picture of the bug out of the bag just for clarifying ID purposes and for others to see.

    20170110_140940-1 by Afraid Bugs, on Flickr

    Honestly looking very closely Especially with the help of this clear photo, I don't know why I jumped to the conclusion? The size and oval shape? I don't know. I am apparently still very on edge and still have nightmares about the problem. And I think I assumed too quickly that it could be a bed bug coming back.

    I truly hope I can live normally again (besides checking monitors monthly, and checking luggage and washing clothes from trips, Etc. to be proactive).

    I'm really hoping nothing was hiding away that will be uncovered in my unpacking though!! It really seemed like they were only in our main bed/bedroom. Though how likely is it for a small case to be isolated like that?

    Anyways I would like to follow by saying I had never posted to the forums before this but I'm so thankful for all the work everyone puts into helping one another. This site has been one of my main sources for research when my problem first started and a huge source of knowledge while we fought our small infestation. I truly truly hope they're gone. And Thank you for your help during my Bed Bug PTSD

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    Posted 1 month ago
    Tue Jan 10 2017 17:43:19
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    loubugs - 2 hours ago  » 
    Sometimes, non-parasitic bugs and plant feeders will bite people just to taste, not to feed.

    Also ew, that's very mean of them. Don't they know they're scaring me 😂😂 joking of course.... Well a little 😮😮

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    Tue Jan 10 2017 18:33:45
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    Amazon has some cheap pocket microscopes to get a good close look at bugs.

  6. loubugs

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    Tue Jan 10 2017 18:42:59
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    Probably a lygaeoid bug, maybe a member of the family Rhyparochromidae.

  7. Afraidbugs

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    loubugs - 7 hours ago  » 
    Probably a lygaeoid bug, maybe a member of the family Rhyparochromidae.

    Looking at images of these I definitely believe it. My skin is still crawling but hoping for a good night's sleep tonight since it was not BB.

    Thank you


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