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Is it a bed bug? Scaled picture included.

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  1. cmslookingforbugs

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    Wed Nov 26 2014 3:46:42
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    I have giant welts all over my arm, also had a huge one on my leg the other day, was totally sure they were spider bites since they swelled up so big. Realized I have been waking up with them, stripped my bed and found this guy in a pillowcase. Sorry that this picture looks like it was taken with a potato. It looks to be a segmented bug with a thicker back end than front, which is oval-ish, dark, and somewhat bigger than the front end of the bug, to which all the legs are attached. The front end is also relatively transparent when held up to light. Basically, as it looks in the picture, although I think the front-end of the bug in the picture looks a little bigger than in real life because there's no resolution on the mangled legs. It looks like the bug has two little pinchers on its front segment, kind of like an ant. I suppose it is possible that these are/were antennae; it's very small. The bug's legs are pretty mangled at this point so it's hard to describe that.


    image at http://imgur.com/NCVsOF0

    Can you help me?

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    Wed Nov 26 2014 5:24:43
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    Also, I found what looks to be a carpet beetle larvae nearby in the floorboards.

    The pictured bug was inside a pillow though and does not look like a beetle to me, I don't know.

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    Wed Nov 26 2014 6:14:16
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    Hi,

    Sample is 100% not bedbug, not clear enough to say what it is though.

    Please read up on carpet beetles which could be the source of your issues.

    Hope that helps.

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    Wed Nov 26 2014 6:15:06
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    Not a bug, but a spider that's missing a few appendages. Looks like an oonopid spider. It's not the cause of your bites, but I would go with the dermestid larvae shed skins or something else.

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    Wed Nov 26 2014 6:42:38
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    Oh man, really?? that's amazing. How do you know it isn't a bed bug? It looks kind of like the larvae.

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    Wed Nov 26 2014 11:17:40
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    David is an expert PCO. Loubugs is an entomologist. You can rest assured by their answers.

    I am NOT an expert, and even I can tell it's not a bed bug. Body shape is all wrong.

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    Thank you, guys!!!!


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