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Bug ID and advice please [a: female bed bug]

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  1. Paranoid 80

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Sep 1 2016 17:20:30
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    So I was cleaning my sons room today and found this under the dog's crate which is beside his bed. I'm 95% sure it's a bed bug. Expert confirmation would be appreciated as well as any opinions on whether it's a male or a female. No other signs or symptoms of bed bugs at this point (after checking beds, baseboards, etc.). All bedding has been washed, curtains as well. Also vacuumed around baseboards really well. Any other precautions to take at this point?

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Sep 2 2016 9:43:06
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    Still hoping for ID on this bug please!!!!

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    Fri Sep 2 2016 9:43:45
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    I can take a better picture if it would be helpful. I just realized this one is kind of dark

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    Fri Sep 2 2016 10:39:56
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    Looks bedbug related.

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    Looks like a female bed bug and certainly could have been feeding on the dog and/or your son. Picture is low resolution. ID pictures should be high resolution and largest picture size.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Sep 2 2016 13:01:48
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    Ugh! The fact that's it's a female concerns me. Now I worry it was pregnant when it hitchhiked to my house... Any recommendations on whether investing in a pco to come inspect would be worthwhile? We do have a local company that has a trained dog. My dog has had bumps on her chin for quite some time now. I assumed they were heat rash as she tends to get this, but now I wonder if she was being bit while in her crate. Just not sure how to proceed in terms of maintaining my sanity and managing this before it becomes a bigger issue. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. As noted above, I already washed all bedding, curtains, vacuumed around baseboards and inspected the bed and surrounding furniture. My son is very reactive to insect bites and he has no signs of bites.

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    Fri Sep 2 2016 13:09:36
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    Canine-assisted inspection would be a good bet...ensure the team verifies an alert by looking for physical evidence. Also recommend a certified team - that has been tested by a third party agency (not related to the dog) within the last twelve months, such as WDDO or NESDCA. You can verify a certification with these agencies websites.

    Otherwise, look for fecal evidence near where the bug was found - baseboards, dog bed, etc., and monitor.

    Sheree Swindle / certified K9-assisted bed bug inspector

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