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NEWBIE - how to treat for mysterious bug (not bed bugs)

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  1. notbedbug

    Joined: Sep '17
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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Sep 25 2017 15:37:57

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    TL;DR: how to treat for bugs when you don't know what it is?

    I've been in this apartment for almost three months; new memory foam mattress, metal bedframe (no box spring), all wood floors, except for one big area rug in living room.

    I noticed about a week ago that I started getting small bites, mainly on my feet/ankles/lower legs. The first one was on the underside of my arm, however. I don't think it's bed bugs, since I see no evidence of them and from researching bites, it doesn't look similar. Also there is no stain. My thought is fleas that probably hitched a ride on my secondhand armchair. I set out a DIY trap (dish soap/lamp), but nothing came of it.

    The only bug I found was a tiny, TINY, black bug with wings, that did not look like a flea. When searching with a flashlight, I am unable to find any bugs. I washed all my linens, vacuumed (to the best of my ability - I only have a handheld vacuum right now), but they are not gone.

    How can I treat this if I am unsure of what I am treating? Should I just buy a spray/trap and hope for the best? Maybe it's just a random bug?

    I want to be able to sleep again.

  2. bed-bugscouk

    Joined: Apr '07
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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Sep 25 2017 16:41:47

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    Confirm first then treat once you know what you are targeting.

    If you find another post a pic and we can help ID it.

    Hope that helps,

    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

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  3. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Sep 25 2017 22:23:25

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    I agree, you need to confirm the ID before you treat.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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