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ID needed please [a: likely closely related-- bat bug or bird bug]

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  1. jshotnik

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    My husband and I just moved in to a new house. The day we moved in I noticed a speck on the wall near our front door. It ended up being a dead bug that looks similar to a bed bug (from what I've researched) The previous owners never mentioned having a bed bug problem, and we haven't seen any other bugs anywhere else in the house. Neither of us have any bites. I have an exterminator coming on Thursday but wanted and other opinions as well. Thanks!

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    Mon Jan 26 2015 22:00:34
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    not a pco or entomologist--but I don't think it's a bedbug. My opinion is not what you want however. Be patient and a professional will ID your bug.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Jan 27 2015 8:21:29
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    Bed bug or close relative.

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    Tue Jan 27 2015 9:10:08
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    Dear jshotnik,

    I am also not an expert or professional . . . but I agree with BigDummy, it appears to be a bed bug or close relative.

    However, I'm a little confused by your post. Is the photograph you posted a picture of the bug you actually found by your door, or a picture of a bug you found off the internet? I'm guessing it's a picture of the actual bug you found, but just wanting to confirm.

    Additionally, when we say "close relative" we say that because bat bugs and bird bugs look really similar to bed bugs and usually only experts/professionals can tell the difference (sometimes under microscopes).

    The location where you found the bug is also a little strange. It doesn't seem like a typical place one would find a bed bug . . . but I guess it could be possible if the house was empty and people started going in and out the front door, that the bug sensed the CO2 and tried to locate the source. (Again, just throwing some ideas out there.)

    Why this all matters is if it is a bird bug or bat bug, treatment is different. You might start by looking for bird nests and/or any evidence of bats nesting close to the location where you found the bug or also ask your PCO if he/she thinks it could be a bat bug or bird bug and if he/she has any experience dealing with those also.

    Good Luck and let us know what they say!

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    Tue Jan 27 2015 10:08:11
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    Hi,

    Confirming this is more likley to be a close relative than a bedbug and I would be looking for bat or bird activity around the front door.

    If you still have the sample it needs to be cross referenced with the "entomology key" which differentiates between bedbugs and close relative.

    The treatment of close relatives is different to bedbugs as you will see from reading up on them.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Jan 27 2015 10:25:49
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    Yes, that's the picture of the actual bug. There is a nest on the back corner of our house (which we were told was a hornets nest) but, after researching different nests it appears to look more like a swallows nest. However, where I found the bug is on the complete opposite side from where the nest is located (not sure if this really matters?) Thanks for your input everyone!

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    Tue Jan 27 2015 10:37:08
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    Hi,

    Location of nest versus bug does not matter too much.

    Its likley to be a swallow or martin bug. Part of the long term solution is to provide specialist ceramic nesting pods for them so they don't build mud nests on the house. These specialist nesting structures are designed to ensure that insects cant crawl out and thus ingress into the property. The current nest may need to be destroyed when it is safe to do so.

    The very good news is that with only one nest its not likley to be a massive issue and working with nature should mean a simple solution without loosing your annual house guests.

    David

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    Here is a picture of the nest at the back corner of our home (sorry for the img rotation).


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