Got Bed Bugs? Bedbugger Forums » Detection / Identification of bed bugs

Bedbug expert ID help please! [a: adult female bed bug]

(26 posts)
  1. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Feb 7 2016 22:54:04
    #



    Login to Send PM

    I found this bug on my windowsill a few hours ago and after doing some research, I'm afraid it might be a bedbug. I live in an apartment in NYC, so I'm wondering if it might have come from another apartment. After doing some research, I came across this forum and helpful site. I didn't think about saving it and discarded the bug already. I should have known better. Please see pictures in below links

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/wvlxgs73mjyu7ya/IMG_0728.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/a1xxspdxhsloxq9/IMG_0726.JPG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/wukxikl6l8nin60/FullSizeRender%2014.jpg?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/cnzm6v6jyv81var/FullSizeRender%2015.jpg?dl=0

    Haven't experienced any visible bug bites. Also looked over the mattress and couch and didn't see any other bugs. I wrapped up the mattress in a new bed bug protector already.

    Hoping an expert can take a look at these photos to determine whether it is a bedbug or not. Any help is much appreciated! Thank you.

  2. jim danca

    oldtimer
    Joined: Jul '15
    Posts: 2,702

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Feb 7 2016 23:09:49
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Looks to be an adult female bedbug.

    PCO and inventor of a bio active bedbug trap
  3. loubugs

    old timer
    Joined: Mar '07
    Posts: 12,174

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Feb 8 2016 2:08:12
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Find out about neighboring apartments. Yes, a female bed bug. Maybe building management knows, but maybe some haven't reported and treating on their own.

    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.
  4. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Feb 9 2016 5:02:06
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Thank you very much for your help. It confirmed a large fear! I immediately contacted the management company and they sent the building's PCO today over to do a visual inspection. I asked the PCO if he was going to do a canine inspection when he set up the appointment, and he said that he doesn't believe I need it. I later learned that he doesn't have a canine as part of his services. He claimed that canines were not always effective in detecting the bugs.

    The PCO went through all my furniture and living room rug with a flashlight and did not find anything. He said it was odd that the bug I found was on the windowsill. He said that he would bring some monitors tomorrow and also some yeast cups to place by the bed as extra measures. He is also reporting back to the management that he did not find anything. As of today, I do not have any bites.

    My question is whether I should look for a bedbug company that does canine inspections for further peace of mind? If so, should I do it right away or wait? Also are there any products I should be using in my apartment? I washed my linens and all laundry already. I am hoping that this really is an isolated incident and not coming from another apartment. I do know that the apartment upstairs is very difficult to deal with, and they wouldn't report something like bedbugs to the management.

    Thanks again for everyone's help.

  5. jim danca

    oldtimer
    Joined: Jul '15
    Posts: 2,702

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Feb 9 2016 9:02:38
    #



    Login to Send PM

    I've been doing this for five years and have no plans to buy a dog. Set up a monitoring system in your bedroom so that you can detect any future issues. You should also request that an inspection be performed on the adjacent units.

  6. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Feb 12 2016 6:55:47
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Thanks Jim. I found through my own research (the management was not forthcoming with information) that at least one unit on the floor below has an infestation. It has been going on for at least 2 months. This unit shares a corner with mine. On top of that, my next door neighbor reported getting bites the same day I found the bedbug on my window sill and told management. His apartment sits directly above the infested unit. The inspector did a visual inspection of my neighbor's apartment and didn't find bedbugs.

    Knowing this, I am worried. The management and co-op is putting the burden of treatment on the resident, and according to them the infested unit was undergoing treatment and has been deemed "clean" but they have nothing to back that up because they are not taking responsibility. If treatment was done, it was chosen by the resident so the management would not have information about what measures were taken. I was wondering are there treatments that could be ineffective and driving the bedbugs into our apartments? What is the most successful way (costs aside) of treating bedbugs in multi-unit buildings? Seeing how the building is treating this situation is concerning because it seems as if they are just waiting for it to spread rather than helping the resident with the infestation.

    I have monitors set up already.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks again.

  7. jim danca

    oldtimer
    Joined: Jul '15
    Posts: 2,702

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Feb 12 2016 7:30:47
    #



    Login to Send PM

    This type of situation is tricky in that there should be a third party involved to inspect the infected unit. Management, the resident, and the pco should all be on the same level with the other residents. It would also seem that they could provide a copy of the treatment plan to other residents. Some chemicals do have a repellent nature which could cause some migration.

  8. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sat Feb 13 2016 10:47:26
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Thank you Jim. I have urged management to get involved and take responsibility rather than try to withhold information.

    I found these in a corner today (please see below pictures). Is this a bedbug skin or casing?

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/uvlhnblldk1gmfi/IMG_0801.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/t0xkcijrzpx6aml/IMG_0800.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/n17ks1va2si34hn/IMG_0799.JPG?dl=0

    I'm moving my clothing and accessories into my storage unit which is not in the building on Tues. I'm a designer so a lot of my samples can't be just thrown in the wash and I would prefer to not have to throw them out in the event there is an infestation. In your opinion, what are the chances that I am moving bedbugs with me seeing that I found one live bug and maybe a casing?

    Don't have bites and haven't seen anything on the monitors. Thank you as always.

  9. loubugs

    old timer
    Joined: Mar '07
    Posts: 12,174

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sat Feb 13 2016 11:44:34
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Bug, not shed skin. Shed skins are only skin, no solid internal body.

  10. jim danca

    oldtimer
    Joined: Jul '15
    Posts: 2,702

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sat Feb 13 2016 13:15:27
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Probably remote. You haven't found any fecal, eggs, or cast skins in your unit. Until the problem in the adjacent unit is resolved, you should do weekly inspections of your bed.

  11. loubugs

    old timer
    Joined: Mar '07
    Posts: 12,174

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sat Feb 13 2016 16:16:56
    #



    Login to Send PM

    jwnyc - 5 hours ago  » 
    I'm moving my clothing and accessories into my storage unit which is not in the building on Tues. I'm a designer so a lot of my samples can't be just thrown in the wash and I would prefer to not have to throw them out in the event there is an infestation.

    You can always put fabrics in the dryer. No need to wash first (unless fabrics or clothes are dirty). Not sure what your sample are made of. You can box up your samples in clear plastic storage boxes.

  12. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Feb 16 2016 0:32:36
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Thank you Jim and Lou for the advice and information. I really appreciate it.

    I found this tonight in one of the monitors. Is it a bedbug? I'm really hoping not!

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/orc2mme0qcd0zro/IMG_0980.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/wjsgaz22bawpkt0/IMG_0979.JPG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/6eoatgheruzrd9a/IMG_0977.JPG?dl=0

    Thanks

  13. loubugs

    old timer
    Joined: Mar '07
    Posts: 12,174

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Feb 16 2016 4:04:23
    #



    Login to Send PM

    jwnyc - 3 hours ago  » 
    Thank you Jim and Lou for the advice and information. I really appreciate it.
    I found this tonight in one of the monitors. Is it a bedbug? I'm really hoping not!
    Thanks

    Obviously not a bed bug due to body shape. Too bad you didn't get a little closer to the creature to take its picture. It's a little small to get a good view of it even with zooming in, but it looks like a very young silverfish.

  14. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 18 2016 11:21:11
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Thank you Lou for confirming.

    My neighbor and I had a canine inspections yesterday and they detected the bedbug scent in both our units. In my unit they said it was strongest by the windows and columns of the apartment. The windows and columns frame the southside of my apartment, opposite the entrance. It was also where I found the initial live bug (on the windowsill above the radiators). After the canine inspection and detecting the scent, the inspector did a visual and did not find any bedbugs in the bed. The canine had alerted heavily there as the bed sits parallel to the window about 3 feet away. He said I will need a full treatment as well my neighbor immediately but that I would have to work that out with the building. My neighbor's unit sits directly on top of the infested unit, and he has been bit already. I don't know the exact results of his canine inspection only that the canine alerted for the bedbug scent in his unit.

    The management is still not responding in a way that I believe they should. As of this time, they told me that the downstairs infested unit was treated on 2/1 (they won't say what type of treatment was done or by what company) and they won't know anything until 2/28 at the earliest. In the meantime, it seems to be spreading upstairs. From what I heard, the heavy infestation has been ongoing for many months, and the resident has been responsible for the eradication so we don't have information. The management does not want to get involved, and I was never alerted prior to be aware of potential bedbugs. In fact, even after I reported the live bug, they tried to hide the fact that there is an infested unit.

    My question is what should my neighbor and I do in terms of treatment? I have a feeling that the treatment the downstairs is doing is actually insufficient and not ideal for multi-unit dwellings and is sending the live bugs up to us. Since the scent was detected, I'm worried that it's only a matter of luck until one of us may have a full blown infestation and if we don't actively do something, the situation will get much worse.

    Thanks as always.

  15. jim danca

    oldtimer
    Joined: Jul '15
    Posts: 2,702

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 18 2016 11:51:53
    #



    Login to Send PM

    That sounds sketchy. Wait 27 days before follow up on an infested unit in a multi unit building? And not tell you what the treatment plan called for? As for the dog, I thought they needed visual evidence before treatment. Definitely need a monitoring system installed.

  16. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Feb 21 2016 6:39:56
    #



    Login to Send PM

    What is a normal followup time after a treatment? I find the one month too long as well but the management is stating it needs to be that amount of time for the infested unit below. I found out that the infested unit has been bedbug ridden since Nov 2015 (maybe earlier). As a surrounding unit, I was never even notified of this issue or given any warning that I should be aware of bedbugs. Management is still withholding information about the treatment plan done so far except to say that there was something done on 2/1. I also think that the latest 'treatment' done on 2/1 is causing the spread as my neighbor and I reported the signs of bedbugs days after (bites and finding live bugs in our units).

    After the canine inspection on Wed which was positive for bedbug scents, my neighbor and I have yet to hear anything concrete from management. I did receive a phone call stating the results plus that I was fully responsible. I told them that even if I did a treatment and the source and other affected units are not eradicated, it would just spread back. They claimed that I just need to take care of my unit, and I will be good. They then threatened me with legal action. It is obvious that dealing directly with the management is not getting anywhere, so I'm going to go through a lawyer.

    My question is what course of treatment would you recommend for my unit and my neighbors? We have reported signs of bedbugs and detected positive by canine. My neighbor was bit once (he doesn't live there full time though) and I found the live adult bug and dead one. So far monitors and interceptors haven't shown bugs. The bugs seem to be traveling through the walls, radiators and columns of the building, and we don't know the full situation yet. Thank you.

  17. jim danca

    oldtimer
    Joined: Jul '15
    Posts: 2,702

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Feb 21 2016 11:05:51
    #



    Login to Send PM

    On a high infestation, 20-50 bedbugs, follow up should occur within 7-14 days. Since you haven't found fecal, eggs, or cast skins in your unit, management is probably trying to buy time with the problem unit. As a resident, you should be able to talk to the pco who treated the problem unit and find out what the next plan of action will be.

  18. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Feb 23 2016 10:34:18
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Thank you Jim.

    There was a second canine inspection done yesterday (different dog and operator from same company) and again was positive for bedbug scent in the same areas. They also advised immediate treatment.

    I found this bug in the monitor in the area (under radiator) where the dog alerted. I don't think it is a bedbug, but can someone please advise? Thank you as always.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/istz7o7ghq0gf24/IMG_1035.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ypaxeqkdsahh6b/IMG_1037.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/a8jav57kj7qpwhf/IMG_1034.JPG?dl=0

  19. loubugs

    old timer
    Joined: Mar '07
    Posts: 12,174

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Feb 23 2016 10:56:04
    #



    Login to Send PM

    No, not bed bug. It's a shiny spider beetle, Gibbium aequinoctiale.

  20. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Mar 13 2016 3:40:51
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Thank you for everyone's help.

    It's been another 2 weeks, and even though there were two separate canine inspections that tested positive there has been no treatment of my apartment. The units that were affected by the spread from the floor below are still in an ongoing battle with the management and the board. Luckily, we have not seen any more live bugs or been bit since the situation arose in the beginning of February.

    I have been monitoring the interceptors and monitors around my apartment, and didn't see any activity until tonight where I found a bug in one of the bed interceptors. I don't think this looks like a bedbug but if someone could verify, that would be much appreciated.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/a8xxbmxak7kze6y/IMG_1147.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/hwgl1zw7ulsgkqm/IMG_1149.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/doeumphjwm4fbtw/FullSizeRender%2018.jpg?dl=0

    Also, we have made some progress in terms of getting treatment. Though we still have things to iron out with management, the treatment company they chose does something called an Instant Freeze solution which utilizes a frozen carbon dioxide tool to freeze bed bugs. Does anyone have experience with this type of method for treatment or have any advice? Thanks as always.

  21. jim danca

    oldtimer
    Joined: Jul '15
    Posts: 2,702

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Mar 13 2016 8:15:34
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Nothing bedbug related. I think the whole rapid freeze thing has its limitations. It's pretty much just a contact kill.

  22. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri May 27 2016 15:41:53
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Hi everyone,

    It's been a while and unfortunately, the bedbug situation has been ongoing. I was treated two times in March with Instant Freeze and pesticide combo (this was selected by building management) and PCO said the apartment was cleared. 45 days later, I found a live bug and management brought back canine which detected positive for bedbugs. To my knowledge, the bugs have now spread to a total of 8 apartments and building does not know how to handle properly. I may have been re-infested or was never really in the clear.

    I just had another treatment yesterday (steam treatment of furniture with dusting in walls done by different PCO than first time around). I came home today and found two live bugs around the couch and what I think may be droppings on the couch. I couldn't identify with certainty if these were bedbugs. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Please see pictures in links below

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ogev241vhijfhvb/IMG_1486.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/836hu88yvfx6g9i/IMG_1485.PNG?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/x6ogu83ldr1sq3z/IMG_1456.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/pkm3qfhehvyu581/IMG_1455.JPG?dl=0

    And found a few of these on the couch...are these droppings?

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/uu4ac6gkphwih8c/IMG_1480.JPG?dl=0

    I'm concerned that the treatment plan is not working and is actually making situation worse. Thank you for everyone's help.

  23. jim danca

    oldtimer
    Joined: Jul '15
    Posts: 2,702

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri May 27 2016 16:36:36
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Second and third set of photos aren't bedbug related.

  24. loubugs

    old timer
    Joined: Mar '07
    Posts: 12,174

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sat May 28 2016 4:47:56
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Not bed bug, but beetle; droppings/artifact not bed bug related.

  25. jwnyc

    newbite
    Joined: Feb '16
    Posts: 11

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sat May 28 2016 12:30:01
    #



    Login to Send PM

    Thank you Jim and Lou for your responses. I really appreciate it.

    To clarify, none of the pictures are bedbug related? I was most concerned about this bug found near couch.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ogev241vhijfhvb/IMG_1486.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/836hu88yvfx6g9i/IMG_1485.PNG?dl=0

    The apartment will have another treatment in around 14 days. Thanks again.

  26. loubugs

    old timer
    Joined: Mar '07
    Posts: 12,174

    offline

    Posted 3 years ago
    Sat May 28 2016 13:47:41
    #



    Login to Send PM

    jwnyc - 1 hour ago  » 
    Thank you Jim and Lou for your responses. I really appreciate it.
    To clarify, none of the pictures are bedbug related? I was most concerned about this bug found near couch.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ogev241vhijfhvb/IMG_1486.PNG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/836hu88yvfx6g9i/IMG_1485.PNG?dl=0
    The apartment will have another treatment in around 14 days. Thanks again.

    No - beetle not bed bug.
    Could you PM me with the name of company doing Cryonite treatment?


RSS feed for this topic


Reply

You must log in to post.

295,816 posts in 49,812 topics over 154 months by 21,801 of 22,267 members. Latest: Purplebrain, MrBedbug, Pioneer47