identifying bed bugs

Bed bugs and apple seeds? Apples and oranges, says Lou Sorkin

January 24, 2012

Again and again, journalists point out that bed bugs are “about the size of” apple seeds, or that they even “look like” apple pips. You don’t have to look to the media reports for this cliché — it’s found in everything from the National Pesticide Information Center and Indiana University fact sheets, to give just […]

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Journal of Medical Entomology: only 10% of Britons can identify bed bugs

October 7, 2008

The University of Sheffield has conducted a study as to whether British people can identify bed bugs, the Sheffield Telegraph reports. Researchers showed bed bugs to 350 people, and found that teenagers (under 15) were unable to identify bed bugs. The findings were published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Overall, only 10% of people […]

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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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