Bed bugs or not

Asked October 27, 2018, 9:24 AM EDT

I live in North dakota i noticed a few states had a few diffrentt details. Is there any specific details for northdakota and is there any cousin bugs that i need to no of

Grand Forks County North Dakota

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Hello - Bed bugs are present in ND and associate with places where people live and sleep. There are other species that look like bed bugs such as bat bugs or swallow bugs.
Similar Species - Bed bugs belong to the family Cimicidae, which contains many similar species. In our area, bat bugs (Cimex adjunctus) and swallow bugs (Oeciacus vicarius) are occasionally found in homes. As their names imply, bat bugs attack bats and swallow bugs attack swallows. These species are very similar in appearance to the human bed bug. Therefore, all bed bug identifications should be confirmed by an entomologist. All are blood feeders. The presence of bat bugs indicates the presence of bats roosting in the home, probably in the attic. Swallow bugs can move into the home after the birds have fledged and left their nests. Bat bugs and swallow bugs can and will feed on humans.

Please consult the NDSU Extension publication - TAKING THE BITE OUT OF BED BUGS E1538.