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Is this a bed bug? [a: outdoor true bug nymph]

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  1. KT2017

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    I found a bug on laptop screen. In this apartment building they have recently detected bed bugs in two apartments, which makes me very worried that this might be a bed bug as well.

    If that picture is not visible, the picture should be here as well:

    http://imgur.com/a/n5uEi

    The previous bugf I found was not a bed bug, but to my eye, this looks much more like a bed bug. The length from end of the bug to the head is about 2 mm or maybe slightly more.

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    I'm no pro, but that doesn't look like one to me. The antennae aren't that big... maybe a relative of sorts?

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    And here is a picture when it was upside-down (I think):

    http://imgur.com/a/BLgvF

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    No...I dont think so. It's colors are black and yellow which are not of a bed bug. And its antennas are way too long. Not a bed bug.

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    ophelia - 41 seconds ago  » 
    No...I dont think so. It's colors are black and yellow which are not of a bed bug. And its antennas are way too long. Not a bed bug.

    But if it is a "baby" bed bug, don't they have a lighter color than the adults? And doesn't blood turn to black at some some point?

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    KT2017 - 16 hours ago  » 

    ophelia - 41 seconds ago  » 
    No...I dont think so. It's colors are black and yellow which are not of a bed bug. And its antennas are way too long. Not a bed bug.

    But if it is a "baby" bed bug, don't they have a lighter color than the adults? And doesn't blood turn to black at some some point?

    You're reading too much into it. Color isn't as important as structure. It is a true bug nymph, but not a bed bug. It's from outdoors, a plant feeder. You can see a short beak on the ventral view. Antennae are not bed bug antennae. Very nice pictures and you are able to clearly see structure. Also there are many insects and mites that are red, but it's their normal coloration and not that color from sucking up our blood.

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    loubugs - 5 hours ago  » 
    You're reading too much into it. Color isn't as important as structure. It is a true bug nymph, but not a bed bug. It's from outdoors, a plant feeder. You can see a short beak on the ventral view. Antennae are not bed bug antennae. Very nice pictures and you are able to clearly see structure. Also there are many insects and mites that are red, but it's their normal coloration and not that color from sucking up our blood.

    I am really grateful for your help! Maybe I should also consider getting rid of my indoor plants in case those bugs live in my plants. Too much stress because of false alarms...

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    KT2017 - 1 hour ago  » 

    loubugs - 5 hours ago  » 
    You're reading too much into it. Color isn't as important as structure. It is a true bug nymph, but not a bed bug. It's from outdoors, a plant feeder. You can see a short beak on the ventral view. Antennae are not bed bug antennae. Very nice pictures and you are able to clearly see structure. Also there are many insects and mites that are red, but it's their normal coloration and not that color from sucking up our blood.

    I am really grateful for your help! Maybe I should also consider getting rid of my indoor plants in case those bugs live in my plants. Too much stress because of false alarms...

    Why get rid of the plants? Just learn what both nymph and adult bed bugs look like and keep your plants. You won't have false alarms once you know what the real insect looks like.


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