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  1. Starlightbutterfly

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    I'm not sure when or how I got them, but me and my fiancé travel semi-frequently. I'm guessing we picked them up in a hotel somewhere...but sure, enough I've already seen four of them.
    I've been waking up with bites but at first I just thought it was acne, then started realizing with dread that it must be bed bugs. Then when I discovered the actual bugs, Ive been devastated :(.

    I don't know what to do...I need a system formulated to help me get rid of them. I need hope and a solid plan to get rid of these effers. Please help me!

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    Step one, post a photo so that you can get a positive ID.

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    Hi,

    The first stage is to post some images to 100% confirm its bedbugs. its best to take clear in focus images of the following if present:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces

    This helps make sure its not a false alarm and also helps to see what extent of an issue you have and therefore what your best options are.

    Its also worth considering local regulations if you are a renter although this varies by location.

    Hope that helps.

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    I'm about 98 percent sure they were bed bugs, judging by the pics I've seen on the net...I wish to God I'm wrong...but sadly I know that's what they are. But I understand having proof is the best way to know for sure.

    I live in a big house, lately it's been more cluttered than usual and I know they like to hide in clutter. I've seen two of them on my bed crawling. little black tiny things. I killed both but no blood came out...I'll try to get a picture and post it, thanks.

    P.S. And all of the horror stories I've been reading and hearing are just terrifying me...

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    bed-bugscouk - 47 minutes ago  » 
    Hi,
    The first stage is to post some images to 100% confirm its bedbugs. its best to take clear in focus images of the following if present:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces


    This helps make sure its not a false alarm and also helps to see what extent of an issue you have and therefore what your best options are.
    Its also worth considering local regulations if you are a renter although this varies by location.
    Hope that helps.
    David Cain
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    Listen to him he is an expert..
    people having bb's long term have a failure in the system some place. You can get rid of them if you stay level headed about it & fallow the good advice here..
    Get them ID'd even signs ID ,so your treating the right bug the right way..

    P.S. And all of the horror stories I've been reading and hearing are just terrifying me

    forget that it just adds to the state of panic & leads you to make mistakes..

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    ItsJustABug - 1 minute ago  » 

    bed-bugscouk - 47 minutes ago  » 
    Hi,
    The first stage is to post some images to 100% confirm its bedbugs. its best to take clear in focus images of the following if present:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces


    This helps make sure its not a false alarm and also helps to see what extent of an issue you have and therefore what your best options are.
    Its also worth considering local regulations if you are a renter although this varies by location.
    Hope that helps.
    David Cain
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    Listen to him he is an expert..
    people having bb's long term have a failure in the system some place. You can get rid of them if you stay level headed about it & fallow the good advice here..
    Get them ID'd even signs ID ,so your treating the right bug the right way..

    P.S. And all of the horror stories I've been reading and hearing are just terrifying me

    forget that it just adds to the state of panic & leads you to make mistakes..

    Thank you...I needed to hear that... Yes I agree, need proof of identity so I can know exactly what the next steps entails. First thing is first, I'm going to sort through my clutter and also try to see if I can find anymore so I can post a picture.

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    If they are there you will find something , if its another type bug it will show up to..
    I'm no expert but any insect /bug that feeds on people will show its self , It will come out
    just like the one you found did, so just don't make yourself crazed in the mean time.

    I just thought it was acne, then started realizing with dread that it must be bed bugs. Then when I discovered the actual bugs, Ive been devastated :(.

    If they are there they will be found or show them selves ,be patient Its just a bugs doing its bug thing

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    ItsJustABug - 51 minutes ago  » 
    If they are there you will find something , if its another type bug it will show up to..
    I'm no expert but any insect /bug that feeds on people will show its self , It will come out
    just like the one you found did, so just don't make yourself crazed in the mean time.

    I just thought it was acne, then started realizing with dread that it must be bed bugs. Then when I discovered the actual bugs, Ive been devastated :(.

    If they are there they will be found or show them selves ,be patient Its just a bugs doing its bug thing

    Thank you! I can't be scared and I just have to stay calm so I can get to the bottom of this.
    I'm way bigger than any bug so they better run...

    But not before I take a picture and identify it first lol

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    Yeap its the only bug that bites us that makes people act nuts..
    I think its because it gets us in our sleep, make us feel insecure in our home. but all bugs have a basic
    habit pattern & can be eliminated from our space then monitor for future activity..have you looked at this might be a good thing to check out.

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/diy-monitor-for-those-on-a-tight-budget

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    It gives them a ready made home to move in & you an easy to check monitor & if they are in it the plus is you have those caught & kill them..What bugs used it to the extent he is bite free now, cause when he found them in it, he burned it in the fire place & set up a replacement there. if I recall his story.

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    Oh thanks for this, this is info I've been wanting.
    Wow...I'll read all this, thank you. (:

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    Hi,

    Sorry by the point is still valid pics before we divert people off down a faulty rabbit hole.

    Until you have confirmation it's best to focus on reading how to confirm because there is so silly stuff written out there and it's easy to fall or get pushed down the wrong hole.

    David

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    Yeah but it's good to mention likely solutions that can be productive just in case if I really do have them. Nothing wrong with some foresight just in case.

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    David
    Sorry if I gave any miss direction there, it was experts PJB's post & monitor for a tool to help catch & photo ,then destroy those not aimed as treatment advice.

    The other chat came from this part of their post.

    P.S. And all of the horror stories I've been reading and hearing are just terrifying me...

    was trying to help relax the fear factor that's all..

    I think they get the point & as I even stated earlier listen to you, You are an expert.

    Thank you! I can't be scared and I just have to stay calm so I can get to the bottom of this.
    I'm way bigger than any bug so they better run...

    But not before I take a picture and identify it first

    My rabbit hole is in the kitchen, I better go fix dinner, good luck Starlightbutterfly

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    Starlightbutterfly:
    davids concern maybe not to give you a false sense of security with DIY monitor as a cure all..It is a tool not a treatment ok., depends on your level of activity what steps to take after ID but ID is priority #1...
    I need to go fix dinner , maybe I'll check back later see if you have posted a bb selfie yet..

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    I totally understand that, I just like to read and learn and gather any and all information that I can. You never know when it could be useful, even if it doesn't pertain to me.
    Trust me, I don't plan to go do any drastic measures until I know for sure.

    And p.s thanks for the concern, because I understand you're just looking out for my best interest. If I do have them, I want to go about it the smart way and listen to experts who know what they are talking about like you guys here on this forum.
    I haven't spotted any critters yet, but as soon as I do I will post a pic asap. (:

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    Okay, I took a picture of what might be an egg. I found a few of these things right around my bed. I first thought they were rice...
    The only thing is, I'm on an ipad and cant send pictures. Is there a way I can email them to someone?
    Thanks

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    check your PM

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    Okay sent, thank you.

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    I'm posting for Starlightbutterfly
    ID possible bb eggs??

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/130852066@N05/sets/72157651069377091/

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    Thank you so much for posting that for me.

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    BB eggs are very sticky ..so I've read! never actually seen or felt them my self.. Are those sticky?

    Your welcome on the help, It only took up a minute

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    No...not sticky at all but hard. That's why I thought they were rice particles and knew I needed to vacuum. Then I decided to look at one up close and it didn't look at all like rice to me. they look too elongated to be rice...and more translucent. And when I picked that one up to take a pic of it on my dresser, it was hard.

    Oh, I'm not sure if this is relevant or not, but my fiancé is involved in an organization called the Rotary, and they usually do all sorts of charity work around the world. My fiancé, for example, has been going to Nicaragua for the past couple of years. Could that be related? And btw, one of the bugs I saw, didn't look like the rest. One look bigger and looked like it had crust over it. The other smaller ones were tinier and black and shinier.

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    I'll leave all those buggy question to the pro's I have no idea.
    I've been correct on all the bb I've ID but Ive seen some pic's where they look different ,& they have relatives like the batbug, birdbug ,stinkbug......ergobug...lol

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    Yeah... I've been reading up about those other bugs similar to the bed bug...
    I'm not scared though. Like with anything in my life, I'll patiently conquer it.

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    Hi,

    It's not a bedbug egg.

    While it is true that eggs are sticky immediately when laid, in order to adhere them to surfaces they quickly dry and are no longer sticky. A good example where not being clear gives the wrong impression.

    Another is the fact that Lou's DIY monitor is an acceptable idea but others more based on the 1916 patent applications do give false security because you can't see the signs you need. There is also te fact that Lou's design is almost impossible to make repell bedbugs while others may be doing just that. It's a complex area, it took me two years to work out and please have some respect for the time it took me to work out the variables and don't ask exactly what they are.

    The point here is that the OP has still not confirmed BB's and that the eggs are not. I know people can be 98% certain of their own ID but given so many 99% certain images posted are not bedbugs the only certainty is that insect ID is not an accurate skill without training.

    David

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    Starlightbutterfly,

    I'm not a pro and I've only posted to the forums a few times, but I couldn't help but jump in on this conversation.

    You are getting advice, good advice, from pros for free. The pros take time outside of their work to come here and help people. From what I've experienced and read they are patient and truly want to help others because they understand how stressful these bugs can be. You are also getting support from others who aren't pros but lend a listening ear and help you post pictures.

    I cannot believe how rude and vulgur you are being to those who are trying to help. You posted your diatribe on a weekend at 3 in the morning. What do you expect?! Even though it's the weekend David still answered you.

    Again, they are asking for a picture so they can confirm your issue so you don't make yourself crazy over something that isn't bed bugs. Even though I'm not a pro, I would never describe bed bugs as "little black tiny things".

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    Very nice and lovely post AnxiousInA2.

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    Starlightbutterfly - 8 hours ago  » 
    And btw, don't ever fucking tell me what I do or do not believe or insult my intelligence like that. If I say I really know it's a bed bug of some sort, then believe it. What would I gain by lying? Maybe it's a cockroach...oops...silly me. I guess you think I'm dumb. And also, don't ever tell me what not to do or not to read.
    You DO NOT own me.
    Ban ,e if you want. You ego infiltrated bitch. I'll just read anything anyway. I don't need to post.
    And I didn't mean that to ItsjustaBug.

    Batbugs and Bedbugs look 99% identical. That.s why an ID is needed. By professional pest specialists that take time out of their lives to give you free advice... Probably want to consider this fact the next time you blow up on them.

    A professional that wants to be 100% positive he is giving you the correct FREE advice by first making a professional confirmation of the bug, is not disrespectful its intelligent and the right thing to do.

    If Dave never replies back to help you and no other professional pest specialist here, decided not to and leave you 3 sheets to the wind i wouldn't even blame them now.

    I'd consider apologizing if you want any further help, but that's my opinion. No need to curse any one out here. And the only person who seemed to be stroking their ego was you with your post i quoted. Just as my opinion of course.

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    Two angry posts from StarlightButterfly attacking others deleted above.

    StarlightButterfly, everyone understands you're under stress, but try to hold it together. People are trying to help if you let them. Attacking people and calling them names is not allowed on the forums.

    Please read the forum rules.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    bed-bugscouk - 9 hours ago  » 
    Hi,
    It's not a bedbug egg.
    While it is true that eggs are sticky immediately when laid, in order to adhere them to surfaces they quickly dry and are no longer sticky. A good example where not being clear gives the wrong impression.
    Another is the fact that Lou's DIY monitor is an acceptable idea but others more based on the 1916 patent applications do give false security because you can't see the signs you need. There is also te fact that Lou's design is almost impossible to make repell bedbugs while others may be doing just that. It's a complex area, it took me two years to work out and please have some respect for the time it took me to work out the variables and don't ask exactly what they are.
    The point here is that the OP has still not confirmed BB's and that the eggs are not. I know people can be 98% certain of their own ID but given so many 99% certain images posted are not bedbugs the only certainty is that insect ID is not an accurate skill without training.
    David

    Thank you David for once again returning to explain you reasons for the comments you post..I learn something new , I some time create new question ,but would never take your life's investment lightly , Thanks for the post .

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    I hadn't been following these posts. No, the "egg" isn't an egg and not a bed bug egg. Please look at pictures of bed bug eggs - - they are really not that elongate.
    The reasons, as have been noted above, for posting insect pictures or any insects that could be cimicids specifically, are that the bat and bird bugs do look very much like the common bed bug and treatments would be different.
    This should give the general shapes of eggs and you can look at other images for reference to other items of interest. https://www.flickr.com/photos/lou_bugs_pix/10277245706/

    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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    For the record I had nothing to do with this.

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    duly noted , you weren't even in the same time zone


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