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Bed bug ID [a: fed female bed bug]

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  1. magbo500

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Wed May 4 2016 12:43:29
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    Hi all,

    I took these pictures about a week ago.

    https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t35.0-12/13106738_10209383691453510_982092642_o.jpg?oh=c71f08f81a2fa43b551b4117b42960da&oe=572C09A6

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    Found the bug crawling on top of my covers around 2am. Have been searching for bed bugs and signs ever since, yet we haven't found a thing. No one is showing signs of bites, either. It'd be nice to find out that this is NOT a bed bug and that my search has been for nothing!

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    Wed May 4 2016 13:24:27
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    A closer picture would help, but it looks like a female bed bug. And it's one that has taken a blood meal. You might not react to bites.

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    Wed May 4 2016 13:28:46
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    loubugs - 2 minutes ago  » 
    A closer picture would help, but it looks like a female bed bug. And it's one that has taken a blood meal. You might not react to bites.

    Thank you for your response! We thought it looked like a male bug. I feel that we'd react to the bugs as we are both super allergic people. My roommate across the hall also has had beg bugs before and got severe welts and reactions, so if they migrated to her she would know as well.

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    magbo500 - 1 hour ago  » 

    loubugs - 2 minutes ago  » 
    A closer picture would help, but it looks like a female bed bug. And it's one that has taken a blood meal. You might not react to bites.

    Thank you for your response! We thought it looked like a male bug. I feel that we'd react to the bugs as we are both super allergic people. My roommate across the hall also has had beg bugs before and got severe welts and reactions, so if they migrated to her she would know as well.

    The abdomen is evenly rounded. The elongation isn't indicative of males. Both males and females elongate and swell when feeding.
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    Wed May 4 2016 20:16:24
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    Thank you for your help, loubugs.

    Could I be correct in assuming that I probably have a minor infestation?

    Our sticky traps have not shown any bugs yet. I think I'll make a CO2 trap tomorrow and set it up in the evening for about an hour to see if I catch any bugs. Does anyone have any advice about CO2 traps, or any feedback on their effectiveness?

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    My understanding is that CO2 traps don't work well in competition with humans, especially with few bed bugs present. Running one where people sleep, for example. In an unoccupied room, it may do better, especially if you run it for a week or more.

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    Nobugsonme - 16 hours ago  » 
    My understanding is that CO2 traps don't work well in competition with humans, especially with few bed bugs present. Running one where people sleep, for example. In an unoccupied room, it may do better, especially if you run it for a week or more.

    We will not be present in the apartment. We will only have the trap out for about 1 hour as we heard it can be dangerous for any longer. We will probably set the trap out every night this weekend for 1 hour each.

    Hopefully this will confirm or deny the presence of bed bugs.

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    Thu May 5 2016 16:59:21
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    Carbon dioxide made from sugar and yeast isn't dangerous. In an unoccupied room, a carbon dioxide source sometimes needs to run for about two weeks.

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    magbo500 - 4 hours ago  » 

    Nobugsonme - 16 hours ago  » 
    My understanding is that CO2 traps don't work well in competition with humans, especially with few bed bugs present. Running one where people sleep, for example. In an unoccupied room, it may do better, especially if you run it for a week or more.

    We will not be present in the apartment. We will only have the trap out for about 1 hour as we heard it can be dangerous for any longer. We will probably set the trap out every night this weekend for 1 hour each.
    Hopefully this will confirm or deny the presence of bed bugs.

    Where was that incorrect information posted? As JD noted above, the monitors have to run for some amount of time to be useful. There isn't enough CO2 for one hours time of running. Let it run at least overnight.


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