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BUG ID NEEDED: DEAD BUG IN BED [a: part of an isopod]

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  1. scaredct

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    Posted 3 years ago
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    My boyfriend found this headless dead bug in his bed this morning. We don't live together, and the other day I washed my bedding and used his sheets. I have had 5 or so mysterious bug bites and was afraid I had bed bugs but have been constantly checking and found no trace of them.

    http://imgur.com/BvNJDEZ top of bug with no head

    http://imgur.com/Y2Jp9Lr bottom of bug

    Is this a bed bug or something else? He said it is darker than in the photo. He says it looks like a bed bug but that it was curled up like a beetle when he found it. So worried!

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    Wed Jun 22 2016 13:50:34
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    Not bed bug related. Bed bugs tend to stay together fairly well after death. And prior to.

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    Wed Jun 22 2016 13:51:29
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    Hi ScaredCT - I am not a professional, but to me it looks like a woodlouse/pill bug/potato bug.
    Here's an image from a photography website that looks remarkably similar (to me) to your headless mystery bug:
    Pill bug
    Whereas this Orkin page shows an image of a bed bug underside, 1/2-way down.
    Experts?

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    Wed Jun 22 2016 14:02:05
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    Looks isopod related.

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    Apparently he says he can tell it has 6 legs but I see how the bottom photo is misleading. I haven't seen it in person - I'll try to get a better photo.

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    Wed Jun 22 2016 21:43:54
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    Hey guys,

    Any other thoughts on this? I think the second picture is misleading. My boyfriend said he can tell it has 6 legs. The ribbing looks like the ribbing of the shell or body rather than multiple legs.

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    scaredct - 45 minutes ago  » 
    Hey guys,
    Any other thoughts on this? I think the second picture is misleading. My boyfriend said he can tell it has 6 legs. The ribbing looks like the ribbing of the shell or body rather than multiple legs.

    It's only part of an isopod, so your boyfriend is only seeing part of an arthropod and it's the rear part (ventral view of legs). So technically not an insect.

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    Thank you Lou!! Feeling much better. So just to be doubly sure - it's not bed bug related right?

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    Lou is right. He's THE bug guy, really. He would know, and if he didn't, he would say he didn't.

    Not a pro here. Call me Jon Snow...... for I know nothing, except what I've experienced.
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