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Bed Bug ID. Make or female?

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  1. firedogx

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Nov 27 2017 23:48:41
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    So here’s the story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down:

    I was living in a 2 bedroom house with 5 dudes (I know, not ideal). I have since moved into a room with a nice family that I’ve known a majority of my life. Much better living situation.

    Bad news? The tiny frat house had bed bugs. Specifically my mattress. I didn’t take the mattress with me but I slept on the floor on that mattress and used my suitcases as pseudo dressers, which were also on the floor right next to my mattress. Meager living I know.

    Safe to say I have been living in this new place since October 20th, 2017. On November 11th, 2017 I opened one of my suitcases and left it on my bed for the first time for a couple hours. Fatefully, that same night I found a bedbug on my pillow right out in the open at about midnight-ish. Coincidence?

    My theory is that this bug stayed in my suitcase for 3 whole weeks. And climbed out in the ample time it had. I either don’t react to bites or haven’t had any, the bug was starving. I captured it and it still to this day is in a cup in a ziplock bag. On its back, like a turtle.

    Nuked all clothing and linens in the dryer, went through the entire room with a fine toothed comb and found ZERO evidence of bedbugs. Now, I have interceptors and an isolated bed and still nothing, but I will check this weekend because any instars will now probably be visible. I also soaked those suitcases with alcohol and bagged them.

    I have a couple images of the bug. My theory is that if it’s male it ends there and I’m Scott free. If it’s female, the question remains if it was preganant. If it came out on moving day (oct 20) or nov 11th. With better odds with the latter because it wouldn’t have laid any eggs outside the case. Oiii.

    Any chance I can get a reliable gender ID?

    Pics:

    https://m.imgur.com/a/Ru6jS

  2. firedogx

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Nov 27 2017 23:56:04
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    Here are a couple videos too. iPhone recordings nonetheless, so sorry about the aspect ratio.

    Video 1:
    https://youtu.be/H6JBw4d80j0

    Video 2:
    https://youtu.be/Q4HHtSgx5lQ

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Nov 28 2017 6:26:32
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    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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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Nov 28 2017 7:39:33
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    Thanks for the swift reply Lou. Pray tell, how does one differentiate between the two? I also wonder if I should let my guard down as a result of your confirmation of it being male

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Nov 28 2017 10:09:20
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    I grabbed this image off a website so I hope it is correct:
    https://imgur.com/eEHIUPH

    I am NOT an expert.
    My opinions are just opinions, they may NOT apply to yours or any situation.
    My advice is to always do a LOT of research.
    A lot of what I read contradicts other stuff on the Interweb.
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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Nov 28 2017 10:19:58
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    thirdusername - 9 minutes ago  » 
    I grabbed this image off a website so I hope it is correct:
    https://imgur.com/eEHIUPH

    And that's a really stupid way to give advice.

    In your other post you can't tell the difference between an ant and a bed bug, yet you still feel the need to "help" other posters on here.

  7. firedogx

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Nov 28 2017 11:27:39
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    BigDummy - 1 hour ago  » 

    thirdusername - 9 minutes ago  » 
    I grabbed this image off a website so I hope it is correct:
    https://imgur.com/eEHIUPH

    And that's a really stupid way to give advice.
    In your other post you can't tell the difference between an ant and a bed bug, yet you still feel the need to "help" other posters on here.

    I appreciate his attempt. The measurements in that image begs the question on if my bedbug is an adult. It measures, conservatively at 4.5mm, liberally at 5mm. It was hard to get the guy to stay put.

    Regardless this post is answered and I appreciate this forum. Have been lurking for a long time now, very helpful people. I can rest a bit easier now!


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