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A Years Worth of Struggling [expert ID needed]

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  1. Ohwow

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Sat Apr 4 2015 16:00:55

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    I do not know if we are just supposed to post about our personal stories as this is literally the first day that I've found this, but I don't know what else to do.
    Probably a year and a half ago, my younger sister woke the entire family after finding a little bug on her pillow. After further examination, we discovered the the entire inside of her pillow case was infested with these little bugs. Of course, none of us slept that night, and we did some further research. They looked an awful lot like bed bugs, but we are not experts on the matter.
    We tried a whole bunch of different things, powders and sprays, and it seemed like we had finally gotten rid of the things. But then, due to some health concerns my grandmother ended up staying with us on a cot in the living room (for easy access to the nurses that came). While examining her leg one day, her doctor told her it looked like she had been bitten by bed bugs. My grandmother had just assumed the bumps on her leg were a reaction to her medicine or her condition, so she had ignored them and not said anything. That day, she came home and we tore apart her cot only to find an infestation of the same little bugs.
    This time, we started to burn things. We burnt the cot, we burnt the couch, we burnt all of our mattresses, we even burnt my beloved game chair that I had for years. We thought we had FINALLY gotten rid of them, but no.
    Just a little while later, my sister found another one of these bugs on her jacket. So, we gave up and called pest control. The man that came did a complete survey of our entire house, and basically said that they were "travelers", and that we were going to probably see them a few times more, and that there really just isn't anything we can do about it. He then charged us an unreasonable amount of money for this little bit of information and left.
    Well, the ceiling in my room started leaking a month or so after the pest control visit, so I started sleeping in the living room. Shortly after my switch to the living room, I discovered one of these darn bugs on my cover. The strange thing about this time was that we couldn't find anymore anywhere. It was just that one on my cover. I sprayed the entire room with alcohol, basically, washed all of my sheets and covers, took a shower and changed clothes and didn't have any issues again for a while until last night.
    It's actually been quite a while since the last incident, but last night I found another one of these bugs (I'll post the pictures once I figure out how). It was crawling on my shirt while I laid in bed. I quickly snatched it up and put it in a bag, and then did the same ritual that I did in the living room in my room. Again, I searched everywhere and could not find a single other bug anywhere. There isn't any small blood stains on my sheets, or little yellow eggs, just that one single bug on my shirt.
    Now, I do live in the middle of the woods and there are definitely some bats around here. We do not have an attic, or really anywhere that I would think bats would hide or live around my house, but they do live in the trees right by our house. I have tried to identify the bug that I have as either a bat bug or a bed bug (as we have done with previous bugs), but I just can't tell. We were told by the pest control guy that they were bed bugs, but honestly he didn't really seem to know what he was talking about. And my grandmother's doctor did say she thought they were BED BUG bites on her leg, but we still can't be completely sure. Maybe it's a mixture of both?
    What I'm asking is if anyone here can tell with my pictures if this is a bed bug or bat bug? Or if anyone has any idea as to what I am dealing with? Is there literally nothing we can do, but wait for the next "traveler" to arrive?
    Image of bug found today.
    Picture of bug found today 2.

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Sat Apr 4 2015 16:22:07

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    The images are too out of focus to show bat or bed bug but it is most likely one or the other.

    The lack of faecal or eggs would support it being bat but the pillow part of the story does to tally with bat.

    You either need to find some way if taking a better picture or a scan or spend some time learning how to species ID with online diagrams.

    If it is bat have a look for local wildlife specialist who need to survey for the primary species and exclude them.

    Hope that helps, reading the other posts on bats will help as will the FAQs.

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  3. Richard56

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Sat Apr 4 2015 18:23:16

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    Sorry about the problems you're having.

    If you can't get a good enough picture posted for a definite ID, you might want to send a private message to one of our forum members, Lou Sorkin, who posts under the name "LouBugs".

    Lou is an entomologist for NYC's Museum of Natural History, and he may accept your specimen by mail for a closer examination.

    He also comes by here on a regular basis, but he may not be around this weekend.

    Good luck in identifying the bug, because bed bugs and bat bugs are treated in a different way.


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