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slow, red-brown bugs

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  1. eleanorblane

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Sep 15 2009 8:16:59
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    Nearly two years ago I had bed bugs in my apartment--I started finding bites on my body and then after pulling off the sheets of my bed I found a small group of intruders along the piping on my mattress. I took just about every single precaution listed on this website including, of course, ensuing the help of a bed bug specialist. He fumigated a few times and said that it was a very small infestation that probably came from the adjoining building. Ever since then I have been bed bug free.
    Over the past few months I have seen maybe three very slow moving, small reddish-brown bugs, with longish legs crawling up one wall in my apt. I have only seen them in the morning and afternoon. They do resemble apple seeds in shape, perhaps more so than the bedbugs I had before. I realize that they certainly sound like bedbugs from the start, but their bodies are not flat at all but very bulbous and hollow. When crushed there is no blood and they turn into brown dust. They do not look exactly like the bedbugs I had before and don't really match any pictures online either... but what could they be? My boyfriend and I have had no bites and I have ripped apart my bed several times looking for any sign (and I am very familiar with the signs from last time), but I have come up with nothing. Thankfully I have the mattress and boxspring protection recommended by this website.
    I was feeling pretty confident that these bugs are not bed bugs (perhaps some sort of weird beetle ... though again, I have found no pictures online that really match their shape), but last night I found nearly microscopic and very fast moving white (what looks to be some kind of) larvae on the bottom of a pair of 1 week old shoes that have been sitting near the same wall that I have seen the three bugs crawling on. I only noticed these incredibly tiny things because I was talking on the phone with my mom and started mindlessly examining the bottom of my shoe (I have no idea why). Could these be bedbug nymphs? I tried to get them to crawl on me (to see if they would bite me and turn red, but they fled very quickly in the opposite direction). I also tried to get the reddish-brown bugs to crawl on me to see if they would bite but they didn't bite me when in my hand.
    I am concerned and totally at a loss. Any advice would be wonderful.

  2. bugfreebed

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Sep 15 2009 13:43:18
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    try looking for a picture of a spider beetle

  3. eleanorblane

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Wed Sep 16 2009 16:35:34
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    Thank you so much, Bugfreebed! They must be spider beetles as they look exactly like the pictures I found! Now I can sleep in peace one again


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