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  1. waterhead

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Thu May 11 2017 22:28:15
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    I've had 3 treatments by a CPO, the last on 5/4/17. I just checked the glue traps today and found this in one. It looks to be a first stage nymph.

  2. F. Pazos

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Fri May 12 2017 0:23:44
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    Yes, bed bug

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    Fri May 12 2017 1:06:19
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    I strongly disagree. Wait for more people to comment, but it looks far more like booklice to me than a bed bug.

    Not a pro here. Call me Jon Snow...... for I know nothing, except what I've experienced.
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    Fri May 12 2017 3:12:18
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    Yeah, that's definitely not a bed bug. I vote book lice. Wait for Lou to confirm.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
  5. bed-bugscouk

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    Fri May 12 2017 3:15:59
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    Hi,

    100% not bed bug.

    100% pscocid.

    You can see the clearly separate head/neck. n Example below:

    pscocid microscope by David Cain, on Flickr

    Hope that helps.

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    waterhead - 6 hours ago  » 
    I've had 3 treatments by a CPO, the last on 5/4/17. I just checked the glue traps today and found this in one. It looks to be a first stage nymph.

    Book louse. You can see that the head but it's difficult to see the bulged clypeus (upper lip). The antennae are very long and thread-like. It's not the commonly encountered species whose picture is often shown on posts. Compare your picture to a close-up of a first instar bed bug getting ready to feed on me.
    cimex-n1-feeding-0 by louento.pix, on Flickr

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  7. waterhead

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    Thanks guys.

    Looked them up and it says they thrive on mold found in damp areas. My house isn't damp. especially the bedroom.

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    Hi,

    Think of them as an indicator species.

    There is lots of their food about so you see lots of them.

    As their food is mainly fungal and mold spores there is a high chance you have an undetected issue with one of them. Its often linked to damp but its not an exclusive arrangement.

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    waterhead - 1 hour ago  » 
    Thanks guys.
    Looked them up and it says they thrive on mold found in damp areas. My house isn't damp. especially the bedroom.

    Damp is relative and what might be going on in a wall or under a floor or in a ceiling is not visually detectable. Also there is moisture in bathrooms due to use of water such as in shower, tub or sink and there could be an issue around the grout and behind the unit installation. Condensation out of view can be an issue. Drains can be an issue.

  10. waterhead

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    Thanks again, I do appreciate it.

    I am doing an extensive remodeling so I have detailed knowledge of everything in my house, including what's in the walls. I reroofed the house 3 years ago (by myself). I gutted and redid the bathroom last year. The bedrooms were to be this years project, as most of the walls were already torn out and replaced by previous work. They are bare studs on the bedroom side.

    The basement isn't wet, and I have a dehumidifier running down there. That's what makes me wonder what they are feeding on... I'll have to double check everything!

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    I have found a possible food source. A glue trap near it did not snare any of them there.

    I tried to take a better picture of it, and just thought I'd share it.

  12. F. Pazos

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    Ups.... Sorry..... Thats what happens when you look at it while in a car, talking to other people by phone and you look at the photo under the sun..... It wont happen again....

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    F. Pazos: It wont happen again....
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    It happens. Every pro here has made a mistaken bed bug ID, with the exception of Lou, but then again, he's Lou. Just want to say again that your expertise and contributions here are appreciated. If I ever had bed bugs, you would be on my short list, assuming you relocated a little closer to the U.S.

    Richard

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    Richard56 - 6 hours ago  » 
    Every pro here has made a mistaken bed bug ID, with the exception of Lou

    Actually Lou has made a mistake. In his case, though, he caught himself and changed it. I mention this because even Lou can make a mistake. But he's so good he tends to discover that quickly too.

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