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option 1Insect associated with bed

option 2Insect on body: head or pubic region


group of bed bugs
Bed bugs, (3/16", 4-5 mm), L to R: unfed adult; adult after a blood meal; late instar nymph; early instar nymph
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Bed bugs


body louse
Body louse, (1/16-1/8", 2-4.2 mm), photo by James L. Castner, University of Florida.


pubic louse
Pubic louse (1/32-1/16", 1.3–2 mm), drawing by Division of Plant Industry, University of Florida.


lice nits in hair
Nits (eggs) of head lice, Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer, (0.8 by 0.3mm) on scalp. Photograph by Clay Scherer, University of Florida.
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Lice

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Unless otherwise noted, all photos and illustrations by NYS IPM Staff