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PLEASE HELP BUG ID -- urgent!!

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  1. magbo500

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue May 17 2016 0:40:09
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    Please help me out! I'm terrified this is a bed bug that I may have brought over from my apartment to my Mom's house! We think we don't have bed bugs though we spotted a single one less than a month ago, which we've pretty much confirmed was a bed bug. No signs at all since then.

    I washed and dried everything before coming to her home as a pre-caution, but maybe something slipped through the cracks.

    Found it crawling on my shirt around 1am. It didn't really look like a bed bug's shape or color, and had a wobbly walk too as you will see in the video.

    If this one is a bed bug, it's the first one we've seen since that one and it'll confirm our need for an inspection. If it is, I gotta get the heck out of here ASAP. I'd hate to bring her bed bugs. Hopefully I haven't.

    Please let me know!! I apologize for the poor quality. It comes into a focus a few times throughout the short video, around 1 second in and 9 seconds in.

    https://youtu.be/l759A0sTU7A

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue May 17 2016 1:19:47
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  3. jim danca

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue May 17 2016 8:07:06
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    Need a better photo.

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    Tue May 17 2016 9:49:14
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    magbo500 - 8 hours ago  » 
    These are the best screenshots I could get. Hopefully it'll allow you to see the bug's body shape/color and diagnose if BB or not...
    https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/13219603_10209524969265367_1724453640_n.png?oh=48e5900b79a0aaf73a57305ea17ca46d&oe=573D6CEB
    https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/13219711_10209524969385370_1078178833_n.png?oh=7c70fcf862f6b37c127ea547d6f78d8b&oe=573D6EA9

    Almost always, videos are not the way to go in order to capture an insect. Small insects basically move out of the focal plane as they crawl (and worse, if they fly). A good, clear, focused, picture is the best way. Your insect looks like a beetle, but that's based on your screen shots. If you could, please take a close-up picture. Best if insect on a lined or graph paper so the camera/phone has a way of focusing. Settings should be highest resolution, largest picture size, center weighted (not matrix) focus.

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