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Are bed bugs always squishy when squished?

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  1. Ravenock

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    I felt something crawling on my neck when I was in bed around dawn. I woke up and pinned it to my neck with my finger and ran to the bathroom to see what it was. There was just a tiny bit of black debris between my finger crumbled to dust. No guts or anything. Not even sure it was a bug, might have just been debris that tickled me. So are bed bugs always squishy? Can they have a crispy texture and fall to dust when smashed? Are there always guts and moist?

    I haven't had any signs of bed bugs, otherwise, but I have PTSD and am a big ruminator. If I start to fear something I get irrationally obsessed. My roommate brought a dresser home and that kicked this fear obsession off. He checked it well.

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    I don’t think a live bed bug would crumble to dust if “squished”. Try getting a packtite passive monitor to ease your fears.

    For the record, I am NOT an expert.
    My advice/opinion comes from past experience(s) with bed bugs and what I have read on-line.
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    Posted 9 months ago
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    A. Define squishy?
    This does not sound at all like it would be a bed bug, go back to sleep.

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    Thank you, Mf1616 and Winston. I've set up homemade bedpost traps and one of those yeast 2 liter traps, too and got nothing. I think the dresser just sent me into a bad case of the head bugs.

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    Winston O. Buggy - 1 hour ago  » 
    A. Define squishy?

    Since what crumbled in my fingers was dry and crumbly and fell to pieces, by squishy, I mean, would there be any moisture or guts? I understand they're flatter and harder to kill, but there would still have visible guts you could feel, right?.

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    Ravenock - 2 days ago  » 
    I felt something crawling on my neck when I was in bed around dawn. I woke up and pinned it to my neck with my finger and ran to the bathroom to see what it was. There was just a tiny bit of black debris between my finger crumbled to dust. No guts or anything. Not even sure it was a bug, might have just been debris that tickled me. So are bed bugs always squishy? Can they have a crispy texture and fall to dust when smashed? Are there always guts and moist?
    I haven't had any signs of bed bugs, otherwise, but I have PTSD and am a big ruminator. If I start to fear something I get irrationally obsessed. My roommate brought a dresser home and that kicked this fear obsession off. He checked it well.

    Not a bed bug. Yours wasn't a bed bug. An old, dead one will be dried out. Never break up into powder, but can break up into parts. A fresh dead one will be more squishy if it has recently fed.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.

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