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Very likely bed bugs? [a: Asian lady beetle]

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  1. bobnewhart

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    About 2 months ago I moved my family of 6 into a single family rental home. It is near the woods in Upstate NY. The house was dirty, required lots of cleaning. The previous owner used the basement as a den.

    Well about 3 weeks ago I saw what appeared to be a bed bug on the stairs to the 3rd floor. At the time however I didn't actually think about a bed bug because I was tracking silverfish. I left the bug which appeared dead where it was and figured I'd ID it later. I forgot and the next day it was not there anymore. (Dead on stairs)

    So I have been diligently looking for signs of BB. In all 4 rooms there is no signs of infestation. I even opened box springs. No bugs, skins, fecal matter, no one is getting bit. I get small red bumps here and there mostly on hands but I was sanding plastic model kits and at least half of the red bumps were irritated follicles with hairs.

    So today I come home from work to track more silverfish. I think they are coming in from outside but pull apart my closet to be sure. Afterwards, putting fresh laundry away I noticed something like insect parts in the basket:

    http://i.imgur.com/HxBrM8Y.jpg

    Oh no, is this a BB nymph I thought? Maybe a flea, maybe nothing... I went into the basement to get a magnifying glass, which I couldn't find, but instead started looking at the haphazardly carpeted basement floor and found what is almost definitely bed bugs, however it is just the abdomens:

    http://i.imgur.com/KlsJcBj.jpg

    So now in full panic mode I clean the entire basement for the past 10 hours and was looking for signs of how they got in. I looked at my daughters bag she used recently for out of state travel and to a friends house, is this fecal matter: daughter says it could be makeup she shoves in there?

    http://i.imgur.com/dU48h34.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/SZP5v54.jpg

    And also old grey plops on a window in the basement:

    http://i.imgur.com/paPgPC0.jpg

    And a smear of black tar like substance on a plastic blanket cover:

    http://i.imgur.com/zU1bUQ8.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/U2sPIGw.jpg

    And some on the basement stairs that look more like splatters of something man made:

    http://i.imgur.com/jNAcxkn.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/YNdAdZr.jpg

    And finally the basement is insulated all the way around and the insulation is covered in many placed with marks like these: Is it spider droppings or other? The basement is inundated with hundreds of spiders and there are many dead insect parts.

    http://i.imgur.com/dtvB9kp.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/CuCTdWb.jpg

    There were also a small handful of black dots on the top of a box for an old Christmas Decoration

    But no cast skins or any real signs of BB aggregation.

    To top it all off, shortly before I saw the first "bed bug" on the stairs that I couldn't ID, I had accidentally let a bat into the house, from the garage to the basement, to the upstairs. I wish that these were bat bug pieces that got dropped off and then murdered by spiders, but they don't look right to me for that, and I'm not that lucky.

    Please help! I would love for this not to be a problem but I'd also like to be sure either way. How old are those bug bodies? Could there have been a previous infestation? There are no signs of aggregation anywhere!

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Oct 6 2015 5:51:56
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    Wait, could it be?! Are these the post-spider remains of an asian lady beetle?!

    http://imgur.com/VrZ6SSz

    The reason I didn't sweat the first sighting on the stairs is because it just looked like a lady bug without it's wings. But not being able to confirm really bothered me.

    Immediately after I posted my thread above, an asian lady beetle who was in the corner of my office for weeks flew down and tried to crawl inside my mouse. I knocked it away on its back and I took notice!

    I think I can finally go to sleep! Here is hoping someone can confirm. I would still appreciate IDs on the "fecal" sightings I posted either way.

    Thanks again!

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Oct 6 2015 8:07:37
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    Asian lady beetle remains.

    PCO and inventor of a bio active bedbug trap
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    bobnewhart - 4 hours ago  » 
    Wait, could it be?! Are these the post-spider remains of an asian lady beetle?!
    http://imgur.com/VrZ6SSz
    The reason I didn't sweat the first sighting on the stairs is because it just looked like a lady bug without it's wings. But not being able to confirm really bothered me.
    Immediately after I posted my thread above, an asian lady beetle who was in the corner of my office for weeks flew down and tried to crawl inside my mouse. I knocked it away on its back and I took notice!
    I think I can finally go to sleep! Here is hoping someone can confirm. I would still appreciate IDs on the "fecal" sightings I posted either way.
    Thanks again!

    Asked and answered. No reason to panic. Compare your pictures to bed bug pictures and you'll see all the structures correctly.

    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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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Oct 6 2015 11:19:47
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    Thanks guys. The round body, ridges, and black gook in the center had me worried, but the shape wasn't just right which is why I need you guys!

    I've actually been utilizing this page for weeks. You all are so helpful.

    The marks in my daughters bag then are definitely not fecal marks? Just want to be sure since she took it to a hotel.

    http://i.imgur.com/dU48h34.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/SZP5v54.jpg

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    Hello
    https://imgur.com/gallery/oh6u6
    I am sorry if this seems out of place perhaps? I consider myself tech savvy but I'm having a heck of a time getting a pic or post on here.
    a PCO founf this upon inspection. Said he didn't think it was BB related as there was no other evidence in my entire home.
    And this piece of wood from the bed had previously been stored in a garage for upwards of four years. The entomologist PCO said the white parts are spider fences and the. Jack is likely old as it did not run when hit with water and was hard to get off completely.
    I've had rash/ reactions limited to my lower body so far.
    And I have confirmed two types of carpet beetles.
    Another kind PCO who I've kept in touch with via phone said he thinks it's spider feces from the woods time spent outside.the piece has been on my bed for 3 years after that I don't normally look at these things, obviously. I am pregnant and very anxious about this.
    I think I will feel confident if an expert agrees with the two PCO and I can move on with my life. ( I hope)

    Anyone agree or not!
    Thank you

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    Posted 3 years ago
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    Sleepless 487 - 6 hours ago  » 
    Hello
    https://imgur.com/gallery/oh6u6
    I am sorry if this seems out of place perhaps? I consider myself tech savvy but I'm having a heck of a time getting a pic or post on here.

    Please repost to a new thread-- experts aren't likely to see this here and you should have your own thread for an ID or other discussion related to your case.

    This FAQ covers how to do things on the forums, like post a photo, post a new thread, etc. If you need more help, just ask!

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 3 years ago
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    Thank you. I've since figured it out. Sorry for that


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