West New York, New Jersey courtroom closed due to booklice?

August 6, 2008

The Jersey Journal reports that the Municipal Court of West New York (which is in New Jersey) was closed yesterday due to an infestation of “very tiny” bugs. They were at first thought to be bed bugs, and later thought to be booklice. I say “thought to be” because apparently neither the pest control professional […]

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FAQ: Is this a bed bug? (photos of creatures mistaken for bed bugs)

July 4, 2008

There are several creatures commonly mistaken for bed bugs by people who have not seen bed bugs or haven’t seen different life stages of bed bugs. Booklice (a type of psocid) are often confused for bed bug nymphs: Photo courtesy of LieutenantDan. An anonymous Bedbugger helpfully recommended this military fact sheet (click for a PDF) […]

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Book lice or bed bug nymphs? How to tell the difference

March 4, 2008

This is a book louse (psocid), submitted for ID in the forums. Many bedbuggers have mistaken book lice for bed bug nymphs. Notice the shape of the body is elongated, with three clear segments. There’s a pronounced head. Compare this photo from L. Sorkin and R. Mercurio of a bed bug nymph: Both book lice […]

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