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Identifying Tiny Biting Bugs

My husband was bitten in bed and thought it was a flea, but I saw a bug that I assume was the one that bit him and it wasn't a flea. It was small about a pin head maybe bigger and it smushed when I killed it. It left a bite that looked like a mosquito bite. Any ideas? It is black and oval shaped?

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February 7, 20170 found this helpful

Sounds like a bed bug to me. Look up in Google images and compare to the one you saw. If it is a bed bug, there are many more, and you will need to call an exterminator.

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February 8, 20170 found this helpful

If possible you should take a picture of any bug you find as that is the quickest way to identify what you are dealing with.

Here is advice from an exterminator:

Don't assume your bites are bedbugs. Bites can be hard to identify, even for doctors. Rule out mosquitoes, fleas, mites, and biting gnats by conducting a visual inspection. It's best to collect and identify bedbugs to confirm bites. Look for the bugs themselves or their bloodstains, especially along the seams of mattresses. Further, look for dark spots of insect waste where bedbugs might crawl into hiding places on furniture, walls, and floors.

Here is a site that has a lot of information about bedbugs:

http://www.wiki  -Rid-of-Bed-Bugs

http://www.webm  gs-infestation#1

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February 8, 20170 found this helpful

We need a picture. Usually if its bedbugs, there are more than 1 bite. (We have patients who come in with them). They are oval but a brown to redish brown color.

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

my first reaction is a bed bug... look at the edges of the matress and see if any are congregated....

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

possibly a bedbug.

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

so here's a great link from Terminix: 10 bugs that look like, but are not bed bugs https://www.ter  -is-it-a-bed-bug

Bed bug: copper-brown when mature, translucent white in nymph state

Black carpet beetle: black-brown

Book louse: colorless to gray/light brown

Spider beetle: red-brown

Flea: black to reddish-brown

Bed bug: copper-brown when mature, translucent white in nymph state

Black carpet beetle: black-brown

Book louse: colorless to gray/light brown

Spider beetle: red-brown

Flea: black to reddish-brown

is there a chance that it was actually a spider, and not a bug? IE 8 v 6 legs.

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February 10, 20170 found this helpful

Did you keep or take a photo of the bug? Two things that might suggest a bed bug are: bed bugs tend to bite in a pattern, for instance up an arm or leg in a fairly straight line. Also, bed bugs have no wings. They do not fly. Did you notice wings on the bug? No wings, no bed bug. Hope this helps a bit.

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