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Help ID a bug found this morning [a: female earwig]

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  1. Chode

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Thu Nov 12 2015 17:55:59
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    My first attempt at posting didn't work so here goes round 2....

    I initially got word from my landlord that the unit next door was being treated for bed bugs and that my electrical outlets would have to be treated as a precaution.

    2 weeks later my wife complained of having a bite on her leg so we looked under the mattress and found a big dead bug we believe to be a bed bug based on the comparison to pics posted on this site.

    The only things throwing us off are the pointy tail end that other bed bugs don't seem to have. And the general size of the bug we found seems to be a lot bigger than the 5-6mm being quoted as the full adult size. Most comparisons to a penny make bed bugs look tiny, I'd say this bug we found is about the same size as a penny.

    Hope these pics work, and I'm looking g forward to your responses and expert IDs. Thanks in advance.

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  2. misery

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Thu Nov 12 2015 22:35:26
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    I'm not a pro, but that resembles an earwig and definitely isn't a BB.

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

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Thu Nov 12 2015 23:57:35
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    Thank you for the reply. After a ton of research all day long I actually came to that exact same conclusion! It has the tweezers at the end and everything.
    Its just a pretty weird string of coincidences to happen all at once. First the neighbours are being treated for bed bugs, then my wife is bitten and we find a bug under the mattress.
    Turns out it's an earwig, still gross but I feel a lot better about going to sleep in my bed tonight. We have our first treatment tomorrow so it can't hurt to have it done regardless.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Fri Nov 13 2015 4:51:58
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    Female earwig

    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.

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