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I recently been finding these bugs in mt bed and on my drapes in my room when i smash them they have a disgusting smell. Ive only found a couple so far so my mother is convinced is not bed bugs but i think they look similar. If you could identity it i would appreciate it.

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Dear Tyra:

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:

http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-bed-bug-primer.html

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).

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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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.

Experience

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.

Publications
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.

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

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
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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