Bug in Bed

Asked November 30, 2015, 3:04 AM EST

Hi I live in Chicago and I recently came home from a trip and found a small bug with a small round body dead in my bed. It's a dark brown, and I have no idea what it is. I have a golden retriever and a cat. The dog did have fleas recently but this looks different. Do I have bedbugs? I should also include that I've searched my mattress and haven't been able to find any other bugs.

Cook County Illinois

1 Response

It's hard to tell for sure what type of bug it is from the pictures because the bug is does not appear to be complete. Bed bug abdomens tend to be segmented, this looks more like a tick - but again not seeing the entire insect clearly it's difficult to tell.

If you still have the specimen , you might try to take it to one of the Extension offices in Cook County to see if they can better ID it using hand lens or microscope. If you look on http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/ on the right side of the page at the bottom there is a list of offices in Cook County with contact information.

You may also find the following publications useful:

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-8/ENTO-8-PDF.pdf

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-4P/Ento-4P_pdf.pdf

https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-130/ENTO-130-pdf.pdf

These are free to download from the Virginia Cooperative Extension website.

Bed bugs can hid in very small places and congregate away from where they feed. It's important to look around beyond the bed to see if there are others. If you have not unpacked yet, putting clothes in the dryer on high for 45 minutes can kill bed bugs at all stages of life. You may also want to do this for your bed linens incase there are eggs you have not detected. Reduce any clutter in the bedroom or nearby rooms to limit potential hiding spots. Generally speaking, pesticides are not effective.