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Bug ID
updated: Aug 19, 2014, 7:56 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Can anyone help identify a bug that is in my housemates room? It's tiny, half a centimeter or smaller. Reddish brown in color with two parts, head and body. It has six legs and is sometimes filled with blood like a tick. We are finding them on the wall at night and fist thing in the morning. They move very fast, so no pic possible before the squashing.

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 COMMENT 545796 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 07:59 AM

Bed bug? They are filled with blood.


 COMMENT 545799 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 08:14 AM

796 is probably right

You have bed bugs. Time to google how to treat, start washing and bagging stuff up and tossing things out. If you rent, let your landlord know too so the rest of your building does not get infested


 COMMENT 545826 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 09:21 AM

Ewwwwwww. Good luck! You may need professional help to get rid of them, also. Did you travel anywhere recently? May have brought them back with you.


 COMMENT 545832 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 09:30 AM

This sounds like a bed bug infestation. Call a professional exterminator and get an opinion. Look in the mattress in the seams and if they are there then you do have bed bugs. They can infest an entire house if not treated by a professional. Does your roommate have any bites on their body?


 COMMENT 545838 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 09:39 AM

Definitely sounds like bedbugs. I've heard they're very resilient and tough to get rid of...I'd suggest professional help as well! If your opposed to chemicals, they are alternatives such as pumping hot air into the house to kill them. Best of luck!


 ROB EGENOLF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 10:06 AM

Call Will Meyer at Barricade Pest Control 966 4939

He is the Bed Bug Ninja in this town


 COMMENT 545872P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:14 AM

Google bedbugs and select images. There are plenty of photos.


 COMMENT 545880 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:26 AM

Throw away your mattress and consider moving after you wash everything in hot water and dry it on high heat.


 COMMENT 545959P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:03 PM

Who knew way back when that there were real bed bugs to bite us in our beds as we slept. Some sound advice they would give us when they tucked us in. Until the most recent infestation I didn't know they were real, because they were never really seen. I know they are really hard to get rid of and the bites are very painful.


 COMMENT 545981P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:44 PM


Don't be so quick to use pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency has a great site on how to combat bed bugs.

Tip # 2: Don't immediately reach for the spray can.


 COMMENT 546042P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 08:44 PM

Try diatomaceous earth, should be available at Home Depot. It's non-toxic, but you do want to avoid breathing it. It may take 2 or 3 days to work, as it causes a physical reaction that kills the bugs, so it isn't as fast as chemical pesticides. Also safe for use around pets. (Be sure to use food-grade--it will say on the bag) Word of warning--some people say the powder clogged their vacuum cleaners, so if you don't use the kind with a bag that might make a difference to you. It also kills fleas, BTW.


 COMMENT 546097P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:02 AM

Very hard to eradicate. Get bedbug professionals. Sorry!


 COMMENT 546111 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:25 AM

I used to work in the diatomite mine in Lompoc and can tell you that processed diatomaceous earth definitely is not harmless to humans. There ought to be a law against telling people DE is safe to use indoors because the leading cause of death for DE workers is lung cancer. There should also be a law against labeling DE "food grade" as though it's safe to eat.

It's one thing to use diatomaceous earth in your garden, but indoors? When inhaled or ingested it has the same effect on the human body as asbestos and fiberglass. Would you sprinkle asbestos around your house to kill bugs?

The company I worked for insisted that DE is perfectly safe, but the fact is that management made it a number one priority to suppress any real scientific inquiry into the health risks of DE - "nothing to see here folks, move along!"

I'm sorry, but you're not going to eradicate bedbugs with diatomaceous earth. Heat is the only truly nontoxic way to kill bedbugs.


 COMMENT 546129P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 09:20 AM

Sounds like bedbugs to me. Very hard and expensive to get rid of. Landlord needs to be informed. We brought just one or two home from a European trip and it took four months to get rid of them. I reacted badly to the bites, they itched for weeks. My husband didn't react at all--you'd see the marks (in threes very often, that's distinctive) but no itching. I was often covered with bites in different states of development. They scab over, they weep, it can be like a bad case of poison oak that lasts as long as you still have the bugs. Also, very easy for them to hitchhike to other people's places from yours. We had no guests in our house during the time we had the bugs.

Have to treat all the furniture, all the crevices, behind baseboards--they can hide in tiny tiny spaces. Feet of the bed in bowls of diatomaceous earth. Alcohol and water spray into crevices. We used pesticides, finally, after months of sleepless itchy nights and days.

Now when we travel we never put our luggage on the bed or floor or soft furniture in hotels or motels (some people put their luggage in the bathtub, but we have never gone that far), we check the bed and behind the headboard, and when we get home everything goes in the wash--or in the dryer if it's clean. Heat kills them, but it has to be for more than 20 minutes. Drying clothes that are already dry will not harm good woolens, etc.

Some people leave luggage (still packed) in the car in the hot sun for a couple of days. We unpack first, then put the cases back in the trunk, heat em up.

Mattress now enclosed in a bed-bug proof cover (keeps them from getting out OR in). If you don't have a lot of them, that's an option. But if you actually see them, chances are you do have a lot of them. We never saw a single one, never saw blood on the sheets--it was only the telltale bites in threes (over and over), that told us we had them. Each single bug only bites about every three-four days, so if someone is getting bitten every night, there are more....

Good news is they don't carry disease :-). Not yet, anyway. There are online support forums that are really helpful with expert tips and also of course some completely stupid tips. Do some research--and keep an eye out for scams, there are lots. This is a very informative website: http://bedbugger.com A bedbug expert, Lou Sorkin, answers lots of questions on their forum.


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