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Are these bed bug nypmhs? [suspected bird mites]

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  1. BenO

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat May 19 2012 21:09:17
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    Picture

    There are 2 different sizes in my apartment, and in this photo. The smaller ones are so small as to be barely visible. They don't look like any of the pictures I have seen - their butts are distinctly rounded, and they appear smooth rather than "scaled". But, I am finding them on and near my bed, so....scared to death!

    Thank you!

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    Sat May 19 2012 22:00:49
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    there are no photos to see???

  3. BenO

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    Uh oh, sorry if the link didn't work. It should be http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i41/benstl/IMG_0271.jpg (hopefully that works!)

    Thank you!

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    Those look like mites to me. See how they have 8 legs? Bedbugs have 6. You'd have to take those samples to an entomologist to get a read on which type of mite it is. There are different species and they are treated differently, depending on the kind. Are they biting you?

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    Sat May 19 2012 22:19:35
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    I was thinking they had 6 legs + antennae. I'm generally not sensitive to bug bites in general, but my girlfriend has been bothered by clusters of itchy bites on her belly... That fact, plus the fact that they hang out around my bed, has me scared!

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    Sat May 19 2012 22:26:01
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    Mites generally choose one person to bite, so it sounds like your girlfriend was the (un)lucky one. Do you have a bird nest near your windows (in air conditioner, on fire escape, etc) or rodents inside the structure?

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    Hmm... definitely no rodents, but the pigeons do love to hang out on our air conditioner. There should be a pest control person coming this week so I'll bring it up, in the meantime thanks for the ray of hope

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    Probably bird mites, then. Your PCO will need to eradicate the pigeons in conjunction with the use of miticides. (Be sure that they do both of these things or your problem will not be solved.) You can collect samples with a lint roller. Vacuuming and dust bustering will help a great deal. Good luck.

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    Sat May 19 2012 22:34:23
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    The big ones are definitely not BB (just not the right silhouette). I can't tell on the little ones, hopefully, someone will give you a definitive.

    Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night...
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    Sat May 19 2012 22:37:09
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    Appear to be bird mites.

    Hope this helps ! paul b.

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    Sat May 19 2012 22:50:32
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    Oh man.... THANK YOU all, I can sleep soundly tonight knowing that in all likelihood my life is not going to be turned upside down by bed bugs. The timing couldn't be worse, since we are getting ready to move out of the country and rent out our apartment, so it will be SO nice not to be passing bed bugs on to the next tenants.

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    If you have bird mites, you do need treatment for them.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Definitely images of mites, arachnids not insects. Most likely mites from the pigeons you have outside. If you come across and unknown and think insect, you will always try to see 6 legs and extra appendages in the front must be antennae. I did have a case where the mites inside were from mice even though there were pigeons evident on the roof adjoining the apartment. Mice weren't evident in the apartment, but I identified the mites because I captured samples. There was a grocery store downstairs and review of their premises disclosed mice. Two days later mice were finally seen in the home; moving away a piece or furniture disclosed a hole in the wall through which mice gained access. There were mice droppings, food scraps, too.

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