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  1. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Nov 29 2011 6:07:03
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    Hi,

    This is what the internet was invented for after all.

    I am looking to compile a list of the usual suspects for incorrect identification as bedbugs to create a rogues gallery as it where with the "usual suspects".

    Text will accompany the images to point out key features and enough information to google more details from.

    Here is where you input is needed, please add to the list below with anything that I may have missed, it will be a work in progress for a while but I have enough to get most of the ones below up soon enough. I am hoping I can tempt a few of the other old timers to share a few images and some text, full credit will of course be given.

    Here are my number 1 arch baddies for the week:

    • Carpet beetles
    • Dust mites
    • Bird mites
    • Scabies
    • Spider beetles
    • Sow bugs
    • Pscocids

    Feel free to add more below.

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  2. loubugs

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Nov 29 2011 10:49:21
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    David,
    I've been thinking about doing the same thing. I want to amass many images of these commonly encountered insects and other arthropods to compare and contrast against one another and especially against nymphal and adult common bed bugs.
    Dust mites are too small, no?
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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Nov 29 2011 10:56:02
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    Hi Lou,

    Yes dust mites are too small but I have a good artists impression of one and I feel its still worth including as even though people cant confirm them visually if all other signs fail they may be the culprit.

    I will try and get a template document together to collect notes.

    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Nov 29 2011 16:43:18
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    German cockroach nymphs seem to come up pretty frequently.

    There's also the possibility of various seeds and plant material, although my sense is that those don't come up quite as often.

    And those tiny red--clover mites? I think that's what they are. Clover mites.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Nov 29 2011 17:04:50
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    I have been thinking of this too but don't have lots of access to images. Sounds good.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Nov 29 2011 21:18:11
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    Please...deer ticks!

    Since they actually do transmit disease, in particular Lyme disease, and therefore as you've seen me advocate in some threads, are truly worse than bed bugs.

    In fact I've been meaning to suggest – Nobugs would you consider a separate green sticky devoted entirely to deer ticks – even if it doesn't do much more than refer people to the websites specializing in that topic.

    * * * *

    Don't forget fleas either, on the list. And don't forget they transmit disease too, although we don't hear much about them in that respect these days. But without fleas there would have been no Black Plague in Europe.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Nov 30 2011 5:28:56
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    Hi,

    We have enough to get started but I will also keep an eye out for good images that people post and will ask them to submit them to the project.

    I want to try and keep it focused on the common miss-identifications to start of with though.

    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Nov 30 2011 22:22:02
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    I don't know if this is possible, but most of the pictures are close up...which is great. But, I'd like to see some at normal size and then zoomed in (kind of Effici's videos, pardon me if I mispelt E's name).

    I'd really appreciate this connected to certain places...ie, I'm riding the bus and see what looks like fecal (to me) near the window. But, I'm really not sure. I keep meaning to post pics but my camera's zoom is just so-so. Or, a picture of an infected desk or keyboard, and then zommed in....

    Thanks for your consideration.

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