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ID needed! exoskeleton or bedbug? [a: not bed bug; likely beetle]

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  1. hearty

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Mon Oct 30 2017 14:18:26
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    https://i.imgur.com/Xj0z0ks.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/YeAgMfK.jpg

    I was so lucky to find her at the foot of my bed just after I got a new bite on top of my foot. Second bite after second heat treatment, 8 days then 10 days apart.

    I'm so glad I have tangible proof. I am unsure if it's an actual bug even tho it looks 3 dimensional like a bed bug it is in fact so paper thin and I see no legs that I wonder if it is an exo skeleton?

    Hoping it's a DEAD female

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Mon Oct 30 2017 14:39:03
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    Images aren't as cleared when zoomed in. Looks like a body but missing parts, such as head and legs. Not bed bug, but most likely beetle. It looks like there are membranous wings in the dorsal view.

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    No way! Lou! How is it not a bed bug...I put it in freezer will see if I can get a better pic
    I'll post my bite pic

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    That doesn't look like a bed bug to me either. It's shiny/glossy almost like a minute pirate bug, are those things still kicking this time of year, Lou?

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    Hardass - 2 hours ago  » 
    No way! Lou! How is it not a bed bug...I put it in freezer will see if I can get a better pic
    I'll post my bite pic

    Just a thought. Your skin lesions and insect that you found don't have to be related. The real insect that could have caused such lesions might not have been found by you yet.

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    Thanx Lou. I really wish it wasn't but my recent bites, going back are consistent with bed bugs. I am finding out that DE and heat treatment alone are not always a fail safe. Whenever I let treatments, bed bug routines slide I just get increasing bites everywhere consistent to bed bug bites. And since I've had them with proof last year, (I saw a live one last year etc) I wouldn't know what else is causing it. I do have a 'black debris/fecal matter' photo I took yesterday that I could post later. Frustrating having to proove I have bed bugs I'd rather (NOT HAVE THEM) just treat and get rid of them which is what I need to focus on. Wondering again about moving but worried I'd take em with me. I get a lot of info from this site so I don't think I need validation really.
    My stairwell to the basement is adjacent to my bedroom and was NOT heat treated, even though the PCO told me he would. I ordered Cimexa.

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    I'm not so sure it is NOT a bed bug. After looking at it again and just now all images online it ALWAYS comes out as bed bug to where there actually has little to no similarity to the beetle. There are no legs tho...weird. It looks like a half full of blood female bed bug...no wings on it.

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    hearty - 12 hours ago  » 
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    I'm not so sure it is NOT a bed bug. After looking at it again and just now all images online it ALWAYS comes out as bed bug to where there actually has little to no similarity to the beetle. There are no legs tho...weird. It looks like a half full of blood female bed bug...no wings on it.

    There are actually 400,000 species of beetles. Parts are missing from your specimen. The head would help in the determination. The dorsal view is not focused. As I mentioned, it looks like it has membranous wings in the dorsal view and (if a beetle) it is missing the wing covers (the front wings). I said it looks most like a beetle based on structures that are visible. I can look at the specimen if you want to send it.

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    Lou's a great expert. We're lucky to have him. I've never seen him be wrong.


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