Please tell me this is a Viennese ladybug in my bed...
April 11, 2014 7:40 AM Subscribe
Found a little critter in the bedlinens at the Airbnb place where I'm staying. Entomologists of Mefi, tell me whether to freak out or not. (Please excuse any typos resulting from being on German keyboard.)
posted by scody to Science & Nature (12 answers total)
I've been in Vienna since Sunday afternoon. On the second day, I noticed what appeared to be a few bug bites on my calves and stomach. (But they may not actually be bites; for reasons too long to go into here, I sometimes get bite-like welts that aren't actually bites at all, especially when traveling.) The woman whose apartment it is and I looked but could find no evidence of bed bugs, but we did a thorough cleaning/washing/drying just to be sure. The bites (or whatever they are) itched for a day or two, then started to fade. Alles klar so far...
Then today, while making my bed, I found this critter (1
; for size comparison, its next to a Euro one cent coin, which is a little smaller than a dime). It appears to have very small wings, which Im hoping rules out bed bug or flea, but I dont want to rely on my limited knowledge. Anyone care to take a crack at putting my mind at ease, or giving the green light to panic? Fwiw, Ive had no further bites. (The woman I'm staying with says it doesnt look like typical bugs shes seen around the house. Shes also headed to Brussels for the weekend, so isnt around at this point to help further.)