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identification needed [a: female bed bug or closely related species]

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  1. K_p

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Wed Aug 16 2017 19:23:58
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    I found this bug crawling on my shoe while I was sitting on my bed. I squished it with a piece of chalk and blood gushed out. I'm sorry it is dead, but I wasn't even thinking about bed bugs when I encountered it.

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Wed Aug 16 2017 22:20:07
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    Bed bug or close relative, sorry for the bad news.

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  3. loubugs

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Thu Aug 17 2017 5:40:59
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    Looks like a female. Too bad that your thumb is in focus and the bug is just out of the focal plane.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Posted 9 months ago
    Thu Aug 17 2017 23:38:59
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    Closely related species are potentially the problem if you have bats or birds nesting in or on your home-- if that's true, you'll want to get a better image or sample ID'd by Lou or another entomologist (not just any pest control employee).

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