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Help needed please! Is this a bed bug? [a: beetle]

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  1. HelpNeededPlease

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Sat Aug 24 2013 11:11:42
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    I got these three bites on my left leg near my ankle two weeks ago.

    I got really scared because they are in a row and very itchy (still itchy now). I haven't got any new bites like these since then until last night I caught a tiny insect on my bed. Here's the image.
    It is only about 0.1 inch long, in dark brown color.

    Is this a baby bed bug? Please help me identify. Thank you!

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Sat Aug 24 2013 11:35:29
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    That's not a bed bug.

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    Sat Aug 24 2013 13:35:46
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    Hi,

    Confirming 100% not bedbugs, it's a beetle.

    The bites don't help confirm anything but ankles is most commonly associated with fleas. I would check the FAQ on fleas first and then look at self inspection to rule out the confirming signs of bedbugs.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 6 years ago
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    bed-bugscouk - 15 minutes ago  » 
    Confirming 100% not bedbugs, it's a beetle.

    Thank you David! I know that most bed bugs are oval in shape but I've seen some from the pictures that have a long body. How do you tell them from beetles? from the color or the shape?
    This one is so tiny that you can't really see the details. and also the flash was turned on.

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    Hi,

    In this case it's a beetle because the antanae, body shape, position of head in relation to body and position of legs is wrong for it to be bedbugs.

    Sample ID is a skill that develops, although you can study entomology and how to use "entomological keys" most that do so have the benefit of a foundation knowledge in science which makes looking for the biological differences easier.

    Part of the problem also stems from the fact tht is a level of detail that most people do not normally work at and like all skills in life. I could get good at repairing watches if I studied but it would take longer to train me to do a computer programming job.

    It's better to focus on the fine details rather than colour and shape unless the image is too out of focus to start with.

    David


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