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  1. Scared88

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Mon Mar 18 2019 8:04:20
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    Fairly certain these are NOT BBs, but in my continued quest for what's biting my family, ID please?

    Found this guy in my bathtub:
    bathtub bug 1 by H H, on Flickr

    bathtub bug 2 by H H, on Flickr

    And this I am almost certain is a springtail, but I found it in my sheets on the bed. What the hell is it doing in my bed????
    springtail 2 by H H, on Flickr

    springtail 1 by H H, on Flickr

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Mon Mar 18 2019 8:10:32
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    Hi,

    The bath tub suspect is a beetle and not a bedbug.

    The springtail could be an indicator that damp may be an issue int he property and as such damp could even be part of the reason for the skin reactions.

    As a general rule if you cant find:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces

    Go with what you can find and see if that resolves things.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Mon Mar 18 2019 8:14:34
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    bed-bugscouk - 2 minutes ago  » 
    Hi,
    The bath tub suspect is a beetle and not a bedbug.
    The springtail could be an indicator that damp may be an issue int he property and as such damp could even be part of the reason for the skin reactions.
    As a general rule if you cant find:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces


    Go with what you can find and see if that resolves things.
    Hope that helps.
    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

    Thank you! How do I go about identifying "damp" as an issue? We bought some home mold test kits and left it in the bathroom as suggested, but no mold grew. I find numerous dead springtails downstairs, mainly around windows. How do I go about finding if damp is a significant issue? And this could also cause skin issues?

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Mon Mar 18 2019 8:48:49
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    Hi,

    Damp detection would be more of a job for a building inspector or someone with access to a relative humidity recorder to take reading in the area. It may equally be that something about the windows and any condensation around them attracts the springtails but they are not long lived.

    When I encounter situations where there are skin reactions and no obvious signs I am using all I can see and detect around me to assess when is likely to be the cause. This is difficult to do online through text only but the logic remains the same.

    We have encountered situations where damp has been the underlying cause of skin reactions although it may be be the direct cause of them.

    I would encourage you to look at the reason for the springtails as they may simply be indicating what the real reason is.

    If you can find a local specialist with an investigatory approach they may be worth engaging with depending upon your budget.

    Hope that explains a little more clearly.

    David

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Mon Mar 18 2019 10:15:41
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    bed-bugscouk - 2 hours ago  » 
    Hi,
    The bath tub suspect is a beetle and not a bedbug.
    The springtail could be an indicator that damp may be an issue int he property and as such damp could even be part of the reason for the skin reactions.
    As a general rule if you cant find:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces


    Go with what you can find and see if that resolves things.
    Hope that helps.
    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

    Yes, the elongate specimen is a springtail, but I believe that the shorter one from the bathtub is also a springtail.

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