Potential bedbug + bites? (Photos inside)(4 posts)
I'm a bedbug "newbite" with a potential issue on my hands. I was hoping you kind people could help me with an ID.
Photo album here: http://imgur.com/a/Zi7wb
Lately, my girlfriend has been getting some strange bite-like marks on her arms, but it never occurred to us (or me) that they could be bed bug bites. Unfortunately, tonight, I got a call from a very upset girlfriend. She had trapped a dark brown bug on top of her iPad -- it crawled out from her wooden case while she was using it. Frightening....
I went over to her place to calm her down and take some photos of the insect with my phone. The photos are of the bug, through the glass, at an extreme zoom, so they're dismal as far as quality goes. I also took a few photos of some of the marks, which could be bites.
She's in the process of contacting her landlord about the insect. I've been reading up on bedbugs, through the FAQ on this website as well as various resources around the internet, so I think I have a basic understanding of what to do. However, we're making a few rookie mistakes (for instance, she's staying at my place tonight -- I don't think I could convince her to stay at hers, but she's over so often that it sounds like an infestation could have traveled).
Anyway, I'm just trying to keep a clear head about this, and I feel that some confirmations on the plausibility of this being a bedbug problem would be a step in the right direction.
Hello NJK -
I Currently Have Begbugs And Am Trying Very Hard To Get Rid Of Them.
Those Bites Look Exactly Like Mine. Do Something Quit & Don't Wait Any Longer!
Hard to tell from the picture if it is a BB. Maybe one of the experts can make it out.
Almost looks as if it could be an aphid but it looks more like a bed bug from the photos you provided.
Perhaps you could post better fotos???
If your fotos were taken "thru or under" glass as indicated, this may have affected the foto quality.
Take your next fotos without it being under glass.
If so, try this:
> Place a small amount of alcohol into a white or light colored bowl. Enough to cover the bug.
> Drop your bug in there. (if you're quiet you should be able to hear it screaming)
> Once it expires, remove the alcohol and place a white paper towel or napkin under your bug to absorb any remaining liquid that may mess up the foto detail.
> Assure sufficient lighting and take both a dorsal (top) and ventral (bottom) view foto to post for us to see.
> if you dont have alcohol, u can place it in the freezer for 30 to 60 mins. Note that if it is a BB it will eventually thaw out and "magically" come back to life so don't leave it unattended for any reason !
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