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Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius)

Observed: 11th September 2013 By: MickETalbotMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

There were eggs present and I hoped I had managed to collect some. However due to the intensity of the infestation and spending around half an hour at the location, paranoia set in, just couldn't wait to get out of the property.
Images depict early to late instars and a gorged imago.
My previous observation was from the same property, but a different flat.

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No interactions present.

Comments

DD's picture

Yuk!

It's making me itch just reading about it.

MickETalbot's picture

YUK!!!!!!!!!!

I went to bed and dreamt about them. Twice I jumped out bed and pulled the duvet back. A R G H That wasn't me screaming, it was the wife, she thought I was having a nervous breakdown. :O)

notpop's picture

Best of luck !

Hi Mick, If you are involved in trying to eradicate this lot I wish you the best of luck.
The restrictions re not spraying bedding and clothing do not help.

notpop's picture

Best of luck !

Hi Mick, If you are involved in trying to eradicate this lot I wish you the best of luck.
The restrictions re not spraying bedding and clothing do not help.

MickETalbot's picture

Bedbugs

Not in my house... Nearly a week ago I was approached by a young couple whilst out surveying my local wood. I should mention that I am known as the Bugman, and I am approached by adults asking me what I'm up to, by the police twice. Anyway thats another story. The couple in this instance asked if I was the Bugman. On confirming that I was he they ask for my help in identifying what they thought might be bedbugs, the young then showed me his upper body which was just covered in bites. My first reaction was yes it certainly looks like. I then asked if they could bring me a specimen. Later that night they did just that, it was a live one. Please read the comments given on my flickr account re my first observation, a link to that effect can be found on my first obs here click on the first carousel image to take to take you there.

As for this observation, I was asked by the same couple if I would attend a meeting at their flat with the environmental health from the council. I did attend, however before the council folk arrived I got to inspect another flat which was also infested. It was whilst there I got the specimens for the images above. It also turns out that many more residents are complaining, so it looks like a major job for the exterminators. It could in fact involve another 3 blocks with around 100 flats each equaling 400 in total. It should make the local paper, but I doubt it will, for according to the environmental health fellows they have been to several infestations in Lincoln. Make what you will of that. I can confirm that my record has been sent to the national recorder Jim Flanagan.

wildaboutnature's picture

Yuk! good to post the

Yuk! good to post the observation and see them though. Reminds me of backpacking in Africa over 20 years ago. I used to wake up and they'd be hanging, totally gorged, on the inside of my mosquito net. Happier in my caravan in Llandudno these days!!!

Clare Flynn