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Need expert ID [a: non-bed bug; probable cockroach]

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  1. flamom

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    I just found a dead bug. It doesn't appear to be the whole bug and honestly, I think the shape is likely off for a BB, but the horizontal stripes and basic shape have me concerned. It is fairly flat. I snapped three pictures then rubbed it in the tissue to see how easily it broke. Unfortunately, the first few pictures aren't as in focus as I'd like and as you can see, the bug was in many pieces after I rubbed it in the tissue. I believe bed bugs abdomens don't typically break up that easily and the legs look a bit long, but I really don't know and I know the pictures aren't the best. I am 39 weeks pregnant and would love someone to hopefully tell me not BB because I don't want the additional anxiety!

    Top view

    Another view

    Under side

    After squishing with tissue

    Thank you!

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    flamom:
    " It doesn't appear to be the whole bug and honestly, I think the shape is likely off for a BB, but the horizontal stripes and basic shape have me concerned. It is fairly flat."
    --Too bad somewhat out of focus, but looks more like cockroach. Nothing like a bed bug. The horizontal striping is not important because that's abdominal segmentation of insects, including bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, earwigs, beetles (but covered with the wing covers).

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    loubugs - 3 minutes ago  » 
    flamom:
    " It doesn't appear to be the whole bug and honestly, I think the shape is likely off for a BB, but the horizontal stripes and basic shape have me concerned. It is fairly flat."
    --Too bad somewhat out of focus, but looks more like cockroach. Nothing like a bed bug. The horizontal striping is not important because that's abdominal segmentation of insects, including bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, earwigs, beetles (but covered with the wing covers).

    Thank you. So can you say definitely not bed bug from picture?

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    flamom - 5 minutes ago  » 

    loubugs - 3 minutes ago  » 
    flamom:
    " It doesn't appear to be the whole bug and honestly, I think the shape is likely off for a BB, but the horizontal stripes and basic shape have me concerned. It is fairly flat."
    --Too bad somewhat out of focus, but looks more like cockroach. Nothing like a bed bug. The horizontal striping is not important because that's abdominal segmentation of insects, including bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, earwigs, beetles (but covered with the wing covers).

    Thank you. So can you say definitely not bed bug from picture?

    And to confirm, I am in no way questioning your expertise, just want to make sure I understand your phrasing of "looks more like a cockroach". My anxiety tends to focus on the negative, so if the pictures can at least help you to confirm not a bed bug, please let me know. I should have checked the pictures before squashing bug. I could have gotten better ones. It was found on bathroom floor, not near bed.

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    Hi,

    To support the non bed bug diagnosis below is my "crumble test" data to show how intact them remain.

    slide 2 of 2 headless bed bugs by David Cain, on Flickr

    Hope that helps.

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    flamom - 2 days ago  » 

    And to confirm, I am in no way questioning your expertise, just want to make sure I understand your phrasing of "looks more like a cockroach". My anxiety tends to focus on the negative, so if the pictures can at least help you to confirm not a bed bug, please let me know.

    Lou also said it looked "nothing like a bed bug". So you're good. It's not a bed bug. Lou is a true expert.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    flamom - 2 days ago  » 

    flamom - 5 minutes ago  » 

    loubugs - 3 minutes ago  » 
    flamom:
    " It doesn't appear to be the whole bug and honestly, I think the shape is likely off for a BB, but the horizontal stripes and basic shape have me concerned. It is fairly flat."
    --Too bad somewhat out of focus, but looks more like cockroach. Nothing like a bed bug. The horizontal striping is not important because that's abdominal segmentation of insects, including bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, earwigs, beetles (but covered with the wing covers).

    Thank you. So can you say definitely not bed bug from picture?

    And to confirm, I am in no way questioning your expertise, just want to make sure I understand your phrasing of "looks more like a cockroach". My anxiety tends to focus on the negative, so if the pictures can at least help you to confirm not a bed bug, please let me know. I should have checked the pictures before squashing bug. I could have gotten better ones. It was found on bathroom floor, not near bed.

    Nobugsonme also commented about my post:
    "Nothing like a bed bug" is what I wrote right before stating that it "looks more like a cockroach".
    I understand the stress you're under.


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