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  1. AllAlone74

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Aug 19 2009 10:10:28
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    when a bed bug "sheds skin" is it usually a whole skin of a bed bug or do pieces of the skin come off...(like flakes) or should I be looking for a whole skin (a siloulette almost)? because i find pieces of what look like IT COULD be skin pieces...

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Aug 19 2009 12:53:21
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    The cast skins can be partial, but they are usually intact enough to look like a bug

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    Wed Aug 19 2009 14:03:29
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    no, i've been finding just like "pieces" of what i thought were skin..like flakes almost..i have found a whole skin in th father's desk, but in the pet carriage i found what i thought were dry skin flakes...i found this in my mom's bed as well..

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    Wed Aug 19 2009 14:20:32
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    Skins are pretty fragile. The abdomen may stay together best.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Aug 19 2009 15:36:09
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    spidey, so you think that a bed bug can just shed A LITTLE PIECE of skin and leave it behind?

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    AllAlone74 - 1 minute ago  » 
    spidey, so you think that a bed bug can just shed A LITTLE PIECE of skin and leave it behind?

    No. When they molt they leave an entire skin. It is real fragile and can break up easily if handled.

    Jim

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Aug 19 2009 15:40:34
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    Hi,

    Skins are always shed intact, i.e they appear as if a bed bug has just stepped out. This is because of the enzyme reaction that starts the process of shedding creates what is best described as a zipper that opens and always the next stage to step out and grow.

    While inspecting I have only found whole skins cast off on surfaces but if those skins were to be crushed between two surfaces they are fragile enough to break up.

    In summary if you have found a fragment on a protected surface close to faecal traces then it is less likely to be bed bugs as you would usually find intact skins in such locations.

    David Cain
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    Posted 4 years ago
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  9. AllAlone74

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    thanks so so much!!


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