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Please help me, I NEED your opinions!

by Maddy
(Los Angeles )

Bed Bug?

Bed Bug?

I'm pretty sure I discovered a bed bug on my pillow(I've attached a photo) Please let me know if you think it's a bed bug. It's the only one I've spotted and two days later I discovered a few bumps on top of my right hand and then several on my back. I have not seen any bugs since then. I am a very clean person. My mom and I tore my bed apart, and vacuumed everything(mattress, box springs.) I have researched everything about bed bugs but just want some opinions because my mom thinks the bed bug I found and killed is the only bed bug that existed in my room and that I'm being ridiculous. Is that possible? One and done? Or do they always travel in groups? Ugh, this is so disgusting. Please let me know what you think.

Comment from our Editor

Hi Maddy,

The picture does look like a bed bug. We suggest you get a confirmation by consulting with a local exterminator or cooperative extension.

The bumps on your hand and back could be bed bug bites. It's important to note that bed bugs are very elusive insects and can be difficult to find, even if there is an infestation.

Bed bugs do not always travel in groups, and it is possible for one bed bug to be present in a room or on a piece of furniture. However, it's also possible that there are more bed bugs present, especially if you have been experiencing bites.

If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation, it's important to take action as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading. This may include contacting a pest control professional to properly identify and treat the problem. Additionally, it's important to wash all bedding and clothing in hot water and dry them on high heat to kill any potential bed bugs. Vacuuming the mattress, box spring, and surrounding areas can also help remove any bed bugs and their eggs.

You can find detailed instructions here on how to get rid of bed bugs.

We always recommend hiring an experienced professional.

Best of luck,

Bed Bugs Handbook

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