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I will be most grateful for an identification of this tiny pest and how to get rid of it. I wake up with a bite here or there. I captured this one on my bed (it had a couple of family that flew into my nightstand lampshade.

Hi, Carolyn:

I'm in Colorado, too, and have noticed an explosion of these bugs....and they *are* "true bugs," order Hemiptera.

Near as I can tell, they are "false chinch bugs" in the genus Nysius . More here:

That post also includes a hyperlink to a fact sheet from Colorado State University.

These bugs don't bite to my knowledge, since they feed on plant sap, not blood or other insects.

The first hard frost will do them in of force them into hiding.


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