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PLEASE HELP: ID Needed! [a: book louse]

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  1. terrifiedandanxious

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Tue Mar 14 2017 17:09:42
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    Hello,

    It looks like my last post disappeared or at least I can no longer see it so I thought I would post again.

    I found the below bug on my wall near the molding by the floor. It has what looks to be a mouth. Comparing it to a bed bug nymph, I do not think this is one but of course am very scared and want to double check.

    IMG_2172 by Kathy Smith, on Flickr

    IMG_2171 by Kathy Smith, on Flickr

    IMG_2189 by Kathy Smith, on Flickr
    this is an image of it on it's back

    Also, I found this bug on my quilt on my bed. Again, looks to have a distinct mouth. Both of these we VERY tiny and could be confused for dust if you weren't looking for them. Please help confirm what these are.

    IMG_2193 by Kathy Smith, on Flickr

    Thank you!

  2. loubugs

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Tue Mar 14 2017 17:51:26
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    Look like pictures of book louse. It's difficult to take good pictures of small insects. The winged ones sound interesting, if I remember from your other posting. Try lined or graph paper as the background so the camera/phone has something to focus on.

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Thu Mar 16 2017 15:23:14
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    Hey - to follow up, I was able to get some more photos and they look like the images of book louse from Google. See below for reference, these were taken with a magnifying glass.

    IMG_2204 by Kathy Smith, on Flickr

    IMG_2205 by Kathy Smith, on Flickr

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Thu Mar 16 2017 21:15:16
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    Definite book louse. Very clear pictures.


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