Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bug found on wall

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I found a small bug crawling on the wall next to my bed this morning at about 7:30 AM, well after the sun was up. It doesn't look like a bed bug to me, but the close proximity to my mattress has me very worried. Picked it up and let it crawl on me to get a better picture

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Tim:

Thank you for including the image, but unfortunately I cannot tell exactly what it is.  It could still be a bed bug nymph (juvenile, immature, "baby"), but I cannot be sure.  Here is my bed bug primer, which might help you determine whether you *might* have bed bugs:

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

Otherwise, I would take the specimen (or the next one if you no longer have this one) to a local entomologist at a university (Penn State has an entomology department, for instance), natural history museum (Philadelphia Academy of Sciences), or even the public health department (vector control division will have at least one staff entomologist). He or she can then put the critter under a microscope and render a more valid verdict than I can over the internet.

I would not be panic-stricken, but I would inspect for signs of bed bugs just to be on the safe side.  Remember plenty of other kinds of insects find their way indoors anyway, and the overwhelming majority are *not* pests of any kind.

Cheers,

Eric

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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