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Please ID possible bed bug [a: male American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis]

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  1. tenn_em

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Wed Aug 9 2017 16:20:57
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    http://imgur.com/PywajPY

    I was sitting in bed when I noticed this on my arm-- I had bed bugs once before and the whole ordeal was so traumatizing, so I just really want to be sure this isn't another one. Please help

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    Wed Aug 9 2017 16:25:38
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    That's a tick, which has its own concerns.
    As a child I was covered in them after running through the woods and fields, didn't think twice about Lyme disease. Maybe that's what's wrong with me.

    What whispers the whisker?
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    Wed Aug 9 2017 23:25:14
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    BigDummy - 6 hours ago  » 
    That's a tick, which has its own concerns.
    As a child I was covered in them after running through the woods and fields, didn't think twice about Lyme disease. Maybe that's what's wrong with me.

    That's a male American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis. This one doesn't transmit Lyme disease and a male tick isn't the best sex to transmit because it doesn't stay attached and feed for a long period of time. Please see that there are 8 legs and 2 pedipalps present (Difficult to see the pedipalps and other mouth parts. The oral appendages in total is called the basis capitulum). The larval stage does have 6 legs and, of course, it is very small.

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