Oh please pleaseeee help! Do I have buggies?(4 posts)
Okay so back in college my roommate had bedbugs, but I never saw them, so I'm no expert.
I visited my boyfriend 2/3 weeks ago. He told me he had bedbugs... looked like it. He put a fresh blanket down on his mattress and we ended up lying there for just a few hours (hesitant as I was remembering the college fiasco). As soon as I got home, I washed all my clothes.
Now. Could they have travelled home in my hair, car, shoes, purse? Just my hair touched his bed. I didn't shower before bed.
Because now I have some bites on my arm and back, and I found a little black bugger in my bed. But it's only 1mm big, if that, and doesn't really resemble the pictures I've seen. I don't think anyway. I am TERRIFIED to get them again. PLEASEEE help me!!
That isn't a BB 100%. Could be a spider minus the legs and abdomen.
It appears the specimen has the remains of four legs on each side i.e. 8 legs altogether which definitively means it can't be a bed bug.
That's a relatively good photo so make sure of course to save any other specimens you find and upload photos of them too.
Topside views are generally more useful for ID purposes if you still have the little varmint.
No-one can tell you if a bite is a bed bug bite from appearance alone & AFAIK, even biopsy or blood analyses could only tell you if it was an insect bite, not exactly which insect (with a few exceptions, BBs, sadly not among them).
Just because you asked - yes, they can hitchike on your purse, shoes, etc - that used to be the most common way that people got infested - by bringing them home on or in their luggage after spending time in an infested environment.
Also, BBs more than capable of walking across a blanket to get to you. Read the FAQs on this site if you're going to pursue this buggy relationship. At the very least you need to know what BBs look like & how to undertake regular inspections of your home to ensure that you don't wind up with a serious infestation of your own.
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