ID please!!! [a: some kind of red mite](4 posts)
Not a bedbug, I think its a red spider mite.
Bed Bugs Limited
Don't think it's a spider mite (family Tetranychidae), but this time of year there are many red-colored mites and commonly encountered ones are members of the family Erythraeidae. The 6-legged larvae are often parasitic on arthropods and you may very well know some instances where daddy-long-legs, spiders, some insects have red mites on them. These would be attached by their mouthparts. There are other red-colored larvae, nymphs and adults, and they will feed on plants, pollen, fungi, or be parasitic on other arthropods. There are other mites that may have a non-feeding red-colored stage that is phoretic (hitches a ride) and these are attached via suckers to the host "taxi". The life stage of these mites don't happen to have working mouthparts, but have reduced or missing mouthparts. Spider mites produce silk and typically do this on the undersides of leaves upon which they feed. There can be thousands of mites in that population. They also form silk balls and balloon in a mass to get somewhere else.
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