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Bugs that resemble bed bugs?

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  1. Absurdity101

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    Thu Aug 14 2008 22:12:48
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    Are there any bugs that bear a striking resemblance to bedbugs? If so, which?

    That's the main question I have, and would love answers to. But if you want more detail, read on:

    My city apartment got infested with bedbugs about two months ago. During the treatments I've been staying at my parents house in the burbs. I've been supremely cautious about staying with them -- in fact, even developed a ridiculous ritual where I would strip outside their house, immediately shower upon entering and then just wear my mom's clean clothes while there.

    But I've been paranoid as hell. I've just found a bug that looks a lot like a bedbug, but not QUITE. In the past, at my city apartment, I've been able to identify them immediately. There's never been any percentage of doubt when I find one -- I know exactly what it is. But this one I just found at my parents house, I don't have the same feeling about.

    I could just be in denial, but I want to confirm for myself one way or the other.
    The color, the banded body look like a bedbug. But it's larger than any bedbug I've ever seen, and not as flat (I speculated it might be "engorged" and squeezed it -- no blood came out. Some white stuff came out).

    The main difference is that, unlike with the bedbugs I've seen, there's not a distinct "head part" that juts out of the main body. This thing is just one solid hulk...the upper tip is simply rounded.

    It looks an awful lot like the smallest version of a roach in this picture:

    http://www.aztecpest.com/images/pests_am_roach.jpg

    Anyone have any information for me? I'm freaking out.

  2. Absurdity101

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    Posted 5 years ago
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    P.S. Just to add some humor to this: one "plus" of having bedbugs is I've become much more knowledgeable about insects and more interested in entomology. Well, I guess that's not necessarily a "plus" but at least I'm learning, right?! I'd prefer to, you know, take a class or read a book, but obsessively poring over pictures of insects on the Internet is just as good, huh?

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    Thu Aug 14 2008 22:44:07
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    It sounds to me like you have found a roach.

    Can you post a picture of the bug?

    Bat bugs look just like bed bugs, except they have longer hairs on the plate behind their head. You need some magnification to be able to see the difference.

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  5. bed-bugscouk

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    Fri Aug 15 2008 4:34:08
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    Hi,

    You might want to have a look for pictures of confused flour beetles. We get a lot of them on the postal identification service. They can appear in properties in large numbers and without magnification can appear like bed bugs.

    A good quality image is really needed though if you want us to give you anything more than a guess.

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    Fri Aug 15 2008 9:49:54
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    Help....I found these dead all over the carpet near the head on my bed but know they aren't BB's they have antennas and their body seems to be more oval and long than the pear shape that I see in my bb's....can anyone help identify....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29655606@N08/

    thanks

  7. buggyinastoria

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    to me those look like small coaches...? but im no expert ...

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    Fri Aug 15 2008 13:29:10
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    They are Cockroaches

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    Do you think the roaches are after the BB's? I've never seen them in the room before this week (I've had 3 treatments for BB's) and then all of a sudden I see them all over the carpet?

    Didn't know roaches like to hang out in a bare/uncluttered bedroom...

    I officially hate bugs.


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