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  1. ScaredChicagoRes

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Wed Nov 2 2016 13:58:38
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    Hi,

    Thanks for your help. I've found another group of bugs in my bedroom. Since it's so close to my bed, I want to verify that they are not bed bug nymphs. I killed about 10 of them. They're all about 1/16 of an inch.

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    (Ps: my landlord seems to think that these are MY fault. If it's book lice, is he right? I'm trying to get someone to come out and spray but I don't want to pay for it if it's the building's problem and not something I introduced.)
    Thanks ya'll!

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Wed Nov 2 2016 14:07:20
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    Hi,

    100% not bed bugs, 99.99% book lice.

    They are usually an indication of excess moisture supporting a growth of fungal spores which the book lice eat. As such treatment is about resolving the damp not the book lice.

    I have written more about them in the advanced educational al section of my website.

    Hope that helps.

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    Wed Nov 2 2016 15:47:22
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    They're book lice.

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    Wed Nov 2 2016 18:13:52
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    bed-bugscouk - 4 hours ago  » 
    Hi,
    100% not bed bugs, 99.99% book lice.
    They are usually an indication of excess moisture supporting a growth of fungal spores which the book lice eat. As such treatment is about resolving the damp not the book lice.
    I have written more about them in the advanced educational al section of my website.
    Hope that helps.
    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

    David, thank you so much for alleviating my stress.
    Do you happen to know if this is from the building or something that I brought into the apartment? I infer from your post that the former is true, given it's dampness that's the issue.
    I ordered a dehumidifier. They sprayed and they seem to be gone for now.
    I wonder if it's just old, damp wood from the rain?


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