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  1. thebooklouse

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sat May 18 2019 19:41:48
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    Hi all,

    I understand this is super common, but I'm wanting to know if the bugs in the photos below are bed bugs or booklice. I have found 4 of these in the past 4 days, one appearing each day. I don't have a good camera or scanner, but hopefully the photos are at least alright. I know some of them are crazy blurry. I haven't found any fecal matter, skin casings, or blood stains, and I haven't noticed any bites. But I want to be sure. It's been pretty hot and humid lately (I'm in Vancouver, Canada) too.

    https://imgur.com/a/iLPIQZc

    Thanks!

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun May 19 2019 1:24:26
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    Hi,

    100% not bedbugs, not clear enough for me to be 100% pscocid but it’s highly likely.

    Pscocids in low numbers are to be expected in homes are are of no concern, it would not be if you were seeing 50+ per day would you have a significant underlying damp issue to deal with.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun May 19 2019 10:31:09
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    Too bad photos not in focus, but as David said, it's a booklouse. This insect is one that typically lives in areas with higher moisture than surrounding areas because they feed on mold and fungi.

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