Even googling "bedbugs" is making us itchy
September 4, 2013 9:12 PM   Subscribe

We moved into a new apartment a month and a half ago, and bought a used (like new) couch from an acquaintance two weeks ago. About a week ago, I started noticing a few (total of 3 or 4) of these on the floor in my bedroom. Today I saw one on the couch, and one on the living room floor. Any idea what they are? We've seen a few enormous cockroaches and a few small flies, but we're not itchy or rashy or anything. We're located in Philadelphia.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Do you have pets? It kind of looks like it might be related to tapeworms.
posted by amtho at 9:20 PM on September 4, 2013


No pets. Not sure if couch's previous owner had pets.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 9:23 PM on September 4, 2013


I can't even tell if they're insects or just cucumber seeds. Or even sesame seeds, which people mistake for parasite eggs all the time, apparently.
posted by Nomyte at 9:27 PM on September 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Look like cucumber seeds to me.
posted by Dynex at 9:47 PM on September 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


Definitely NOT bedbugs. Bedbugs are reddish.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:55 PM on September 4, 2013


Have you been eating summer squash? They look like squash seeds.
posted by Specklet at 10:12 PM on September 4, 2013


No way those are bedbugs. Bedbugs are red-brown, and have heads and legs. Those things also look like seeds to me.
posted by feets at 10:21 PM on September 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


If they were bedbug eggs, wouldn't they be much smaller?

Those are probably grass seeds tracked in on your socks or something.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:33 PM on September 4, 2013


Any chance you have mice? I found a bunch of random seeds when we had a mouse in the house.
posted by barnone at 10:58 PM on September 4, 2013


Bedbug eggs and nymphs are really, really, really small. You can really only see adults and those aren't adult bedbugs.
posted by brookeb at 11:01 PM on September 4, 2013


Have you tried germinating the "eggs"?
posted by oceanjesse at 1:54 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


nthing seeds.
posted by jon1270 at 4:53 AM on September 5, 2013


Cut one open. If it's an ootheca (egg case) it will be obvious. If it's a seed, it will be similarly obvious.
posted by Scientist at 5:02 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I've obsessed over apartment-dwelling bugs for years and those look like seeds to me-- i.e., I haven't seen anything like them in all my paranoid googling.
posted by stoneandstar at 11:10 AM on September 5, 2013


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