Did I find nymphs???? [a: psocids](11 posts)
For about a week I've been getting bit. Boyfriend sleeps in bed with me every single night and has shown no signs of getting bit, and we have a pet rabbit who shows no signs either (will bed bugs ever go for bunnies??) but I understand that not all people show signs of bites... I've also read that if two hosts are available in the same bed, the bugs will tend to prefer one person over another? Or sometimes they might even prefer women?? Is any of that true?
I was gonna write out the whole "story" of my experience with what I think is bed bugs (but hope to hell isn't) but I guess that isn't necessary. Basically, I have found 2 types of bugs. 2 very similar teeny tiny spider/tick-like bugs actually biting me; the first one I washed down the sink (it was pretty much light grey, I'd say), the second was greyish brown and I attempted to save it in a ziploc but it seems to have shriveled up within a few hours? I never got a picture of it but I thought it looked like it only had 6 legs as opposed to the 8 a tick OR spider would have. I could be wrong though. Can bed bugs BE grey at all???
The second type of bug was found last night, when my boyfriend and I got home went crazy searching our bedroom high and low for any sign of bed bugs. found one VERY tiny insect on top of my box spring, it was running around when I removed my mattress and I stuck it to a piece of tape. Found nothing else whatsoever on my mattress or box spring (no more bugs, no feces, no nothing... just a bunch of crumbs and nail clippings and such).
We decided to search the dark colored curtains that cover a window at the head of the bed. On the panel that is on MY side of the bed we ended up finding at least ten very tiny bugs (which I think are basically the same as the one I found on the box spring... are these nymphs?!), little somethings we thought could be 3 eggs, AND what is either an old, dead spider or a shell of a bed bug.
Here's the best picture I could get
There is also a picture of some of my bites on the flickr account.
I'd REALLY appreciate an ID. Thanks in advance.
I'm pretty sure that the little bugs are psocids and that there is nothing else budbug related in your photos either.
Man I hope that's true. Any idea why would they be on/living on my curtains?
Those curtains were on the windows when we moved in in the beginning of April and this is the first I've seen of em.
Any additional input from anyone else would be greatly appreciated!!!
Interesting photos in that I need them to be a tad larger to see what you actually have.
However, these images are not consistent with the bed bugs I usually see in the field and as such, I would have to conclude based upon the photos presented that these are NOT bed bugs.
Please re-post a better close up photo so I can see what they are for sure.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
Thanks you for your input. I will defiintely try to get a better picture. I'm at least going to get a magnifying glass later today, hopefully that will help to some extent. Thanks again!!!
Tried to take some pictures through a magnifying glass... evidently my camera hates magnifying glasses and really doesn't want to cooperate with them. Regardless, I got a few pictures of one two where you can see the shape of their bodies a little better, as well as their legs.
Hopefully those pictures are a little better than the original ones and we can put this to rest.
Of course it's still possible that I have psocids as well as bed bugs or another pest. I'm still itchy, my old bites itch horribly on and off. I don't know if I'm getting tiny new ones, or I'm just a paranoid mess. Hope I can put this all to rest soon.
in case the images don't show up properly or don't show up as large as possible, here's the link to the flickr acct itself again where you can view the images at their original size.
Thanks again. Here's hoping.
And the link didn't show up.... here's one of the best pictures I could get: http://www.flickr.com/photos/82928148@N05/7607757524/in/photostream/
Psocids ... Not bed bugs.
Whew... thank you, that's great news. 100%?
Thanks so much, everyone.
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