Is this a bedbug?
December 16, 2013 3:51 PM Subscribe
Recently moved into a pre-furnished room in NYC and noticed a lone dead bug on the mattress a few days ago. I hope it's not a bedbug, but I can't tell for sure. Someone look at this picture and say it isn't so! Also, that it isn't another species that will be invasive or cause an infestation.
Here's the only picture I have
posted by taupe to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
. I didn't think to put anything next to it for size comparison purposes, and it's not a great photo. It doesn't really look like the pictures of bedbugs I've seen online, nor does it match the "apple seed" description. But I'm not sure.
I haven't noticed any bites, though I've not slept there since I saw the bug, and I didn't see any stains or spots on the mattress or around the mattress (which sits on a wooden pallet-type frame). But I didn't inspect super closely because I was trying not to freak out, and I haven't been back since I saw it.
Additional questions: Do I need to pre-emptively treat clothing and fiber-containing belongings as if I had bedbugs, or is it fine to wait until I have a positive ID? And if this isn't a bedbug, is it another kind of bug that I need to call pest control about or otherwise "handle"?