Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bugs in my bed


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In the past month, I have found four bugs in my bed. Two looking like the first image and two looking like the second. The first bug was probably around 3-4 millimeters big with a coppery color. The second bug was a little bigger at about 5 millimeters (though the second one I found had to be only around one millimeter but they looked very similar.) It was dark brown/black with lighter spots and had wings under a hard exoskeleton. Also, I had bumps of what I could only think were bug bites located on my neck and back. They looked very similar to mosquito bites though they did not itch and they were there for around 2 weeks. I am located in Columbus, Ohio. Thank you.

Dear Ellyce:

Well, crap.  That actually *is* a bed bug.

Here is a link to a blog post I did about bed bugs that offers basic advice:


That post also includes links to other helpful resources.  Best wishes for a successful outcome to this.  Remember to protect your rights in cases like this (you may need legal help to fight liability if you are in a rental residence).


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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