Bugs That Look Like Bed Bugs

Bugs That Look Like Bed Bugs

Due to the recent increase in bed bug infestations, waking up to find a bug in your bedroom can cause loads of anxiety and worry. Before you start resorting to desperate measures, take some time to learn to recognize bed bugs and common bed bug imposters. Below is the list of bugs that look like bed bugs.

To make a distinction, Lets start with what does bed bugs look like

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, brownish-red insects that feed on blood. They are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide, so they often live in bedding or mattresses and emerge at night to feed on sleeping humans.

The anatomy of a bed bug consists of an oval shaped body, a small broadly attached head, and compound eyes. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed (4-5 mm in length).

They have segmented abdomens with tiny, colored hairs that give them a striped appearance. Their antennae are shorter than their legs and have four segments. Bed bugs do not have wings and must crawl to get around.

Now that you can identify a bed bug, take a look at common bugs mistaken for bed bugs and how you can tell them apart.

1. Bat Bug

Diet: Bat bugs feed strictly on blood, but as the name infers, they prefer to feed on bats or sometimes birds, rather than humans. If their source of food leaves or is eliminated, they will go in search of other food and may then bite humans.

2. Swallow Bug

Appearance : Like Bat Bugs, Swallow bugs are also extremely close to bed bugs in appearance. Through magnification you can see that their bodies are covered all over in fine, long hair that is longer than the width of its eye.

Diet: A swallow bug’s preferred blood meal is a cliff or barn swallow. When their primary food source is not available, swallow bugs will feed on human blood.

Habitat : Swallow bugs are typically found living in swallow holes or nests, but will move into homes and businesses if necessary for survival. In homes, swallow bugs are often found coming out of walls or on ceilings, especially on upper floors close to possible swallow dwellings.

3. Spider Beetle

Ap pearance : Spider beetles are reddish-brown to black with shiny globe shaped abdomens. They are smaller than bed bugs, measuring between 1.5-3.5 mm long.

Some varieties have cream colored hairs on their head and legs, while others are completely brown. Spider beetles have long legs, 2 body segments, and 2 long antenna. When seen from above, these beetles resemble a spider.

Diet: Spider beetles are scavengers that eat cereals, grains, dried fruit, and even bird or rodent droppings. They do not typically bite humans.

Habitat: Spider beetles forage at night and are most often found in household pantries or attics. During the day, spider beetles will hide in dark cracks and crevices near their food source.

4. Book Louse Bug

Appearance: An adult book louse is much smaller than an adult bed bug, growing only from 1-1.5 mm long. They are translucent white, gray or light brown and have three clear body segments.

Sometimes booklice are mistaken for bed bug nymphs because of their light color, but their elongated shape and pronounced head helps to identify them.

Diet: Booklice feed on fungi and mold, as well as cereals, pollen, fragments of dead insects, and other things that have mold growth. The do not bite or feed on humans.

Habitat: Since they eat mold and fungi, booklice are most often found in moist places like kitchens and bathrooms. If you see them in the pantry, it may signal mold growth in the food.

They can also be found under wallpaper, in furniture, on the sides of windows, and other humid places.

5. Cockroach Nymphs

Appearance: At the nymph stage, cockroaches are similar in size to bedbugs and are the same characteristic reddish-brown color. They have a small head with a flat body, but are more cylinder shaped than bed bugs.

A good distinguishing factor is that cockroach nymphs, like full grown cockroaches, have long antennae and two cerci (appendages) at their rear end.

Diet: Cockroach nymphs do not feed on blood like bed bugs. Cockroaches are omnivores that eat both plants and animals and are known to eat almost anything. They prefer sweets, starches, and meats, but if food grows scarce, they may potentially bite humans.

Habitat: Cockroaches live near food sources where it is dark, warm, and moist. In homes, the bathroom and kitchen are favorite dwelling places, and cockroaches may cluster under sinks, in cupboards, behind the refrigerator, or in cracks and crevices.

They are most active at night when they come out to forage.

6. Wood Ticks

A ppearance : Wood ticks, also known as dog ticks, come in a range of colors, but are often brown with gray patterns on their backs. Wood ticks have a wide, oval body with a flattened top that expands and makes their shape more round as they feed on blood.

Ticks can range in size from 3.5-15 mm depending on when they ate last. Ticks have two primary body sections and are members of the arachnid family, which means that they have eight legs.

Diet: Like bed bugs, ticks survive on the blood of humans and animals. While bed bugs bite in lines or clusters, ticks will find one warm place to latch on and then burrow their head into the skin until they have finished eating.

Habitat: Ticks live primarily in wooded locations in tall grass, leaves, shrubs, and other brush. They do not jump or fly, but instead cling on to passing humans or animals.

The most common places to find ticks indoors are on pets, near pet dwellings, in small crevices, or in between floor boards.

7. Fleas

Appearance : Fleas are black to reddish brown and are smaller than bed bugs, ranging from 1.5-3.3 mm long. They also appear narrower and more oval shaped.

Fleas are flat in the vertical plane, whereas bed bugs appear flat horizontally. Fleas also have long, powerful legs with the hind pair being thicker and adapted for jumping.

Diet: Fleas are also blood feeders. Fleas prefer animal hosts over human ones. If an animal isn’t close by, however, fleas will not hesitate to bite and feed on humans.

Habitat: In the outdoors, fleas prefer to live in shady, cool places with lots of vegetation. When they find a host, they can hitch a ride into homes. Fleas generally tend to congregate in carpets, on pets, or in areas where pets sleep or spend time.

8. Black Carpet Beetle

Appearance: Black carpet beetles are approximately 5 mm long and round in shape. They typically have shiny black bodies with brown legs.

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There are many other varieties of carpet beetles that will vary in color and can have brown, gray, or even yellow markings. Unlike bed bugs, carpet beetles have wings and can fly.

Diet: Carpet beetles are attracted to flowers and feed on pollen and nectar. They also eat a variety of animal products like silk, hair, wool, and even other dead insects.

Carpet beetles do not bite humans, although the bristly hair of a carpet beetle can cause an allergic reaction on some people, which can lead to red skin rashes and welts.

Habitat: The preferred habitat of the carpet beetle is bird, rodent or insect nests. Once they enter homes, they can often be found between walls, in chimneys, crawlspaces, attics and basements, or anywhere there are indoor plants or dead insects.

Now What?

You find a creepy-crawly in your home and have used your new found knowledge to identify it as a dreaded bed bug… now what? While they are difficult to get rid of, with a little patience it can be done.

It is possible to try do-it-yourself bed bug removal. This consists of deep cleaning your home, washing and drying all textiles in high heat, and sometimes chemical treatments as well.

While it can be done, it is important to follow proper instructions for best results and safety.

If you have a large bed bug problem or cannot completely eliminate the bed bugs after a few attempts, it might be time to call a professional exterminator that is certified and specializes in bed bug removal.

Pest management companies use an integrated approach to ensure that the adults as well as the eggs are eliminated.

Bed bugs and their lookalikes can be tricky to identify and treat, but with a little knowledge you can take back your home.


How to Intimately Play With a Soft Penis

  • York University
  • The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at The University of Toronto

An erection is not necessary for sex. This may come as news to you if most of what you know about sex you learned from movies and pornography. But it’s true.

If you are one of the many people whose sex lives don’t involve a flesh-and-blood penis, this is not news to you. Millions of people have amazing sex with no penis at all — hard, soft, or in between.

But it remains a bit of a head-scratcher for the millions more who either have a penis or like to have sex with someone who has a penis. This is not surprising when you consider that everything, everywhere and practically everyone — from your doctor to your religious leader to your favorite celebrity — talks about sex as if it means intercourse and talks about intercourse as something that requires an erection.

But it’s not true. Sex, even wild, hot, lose-your-mind sex can happen with no penis or a soft penis. If you fit the above category of «likes a penis to be there when I have sex,» then read on.

Why Are We Here?

There are lots of reasons why a penis might go soft or might not get hard to begin with. Penises answer to nobody all the time. A soft penis doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a lack of desire. It doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a major health problem. It doesn’t necessarily mean someone is «really gay.»

It might mean one of those things, but try not to jump to conclusions. Everyone with a penis will lose an erection now and then. It just happens. And as we get older it happens more. If it’s happening to you (or someone you have sex with) and it is happening a lot, it might be worth getting checked out.

But you don’t need to wait for that to keep having pleasurable sex. Whatever the reason, if your goal is to have pleasurable sex, there’s no reason why a soft penis has to get in the way. Actually, it can be an asset.

Of course, there are plenty of sexual activities that don’t require a penis at all. But if you want the penis to be part of the fun, here are several ways to play with a soft penis.


As the name suggests, stuffing refers to inserting a soft or flaccid penis into the vagina. In order to do this, you literally have to stuff it in there (gently of course). Some people, on both ends, find this a unique and pleasurable sensation. Once inside people will often grind their bodies together to create movement and more stimulation. Others just enjoy the feeling of tightness around a soft penis and the feeling of having something inside you that is soft and malleable.


Many of the basic handjob tips apply whether the penis is firm or soft. But here are a few tips if you are using your hands to play with a soft penis.

Fingertips. Unless your partner’s penis is soft from overstimulation, you should approach the soft penis with the gentlest of touches. One way to do this is to use only your fingertips at first. Pay attention to what happens as you pet, stroke and tap different parts of the penis and scrotum. Notice how some parts feel firmer and other parts feel squishier.

Cupping. Some people like the feeling of being cupped or contained. Large or small, the nice thing about a soft penis is that it’s malleable and easy to fit in one or two hands.

Lift and Separate. A soft penis has a lot more give to it. One way to provide stimulation is not to just rub or stroke it, but to actually move the different parts around. With one hand make a kind of ring shape with your thumb and forefinger and wrap that right around the scrotum. While holding onto the penis with your other hand, gently tug downwards, away from the shaft of the penis. And again gently, bring both hands away from your partner’s body so you are pulling their penis away and apart.

Perineum. Extend your reach to include the perineum, which is the area between the scrotum and the anus. This is a highly responsive area for most people. You can run your fingers up and down the area, you can use your fingertips to tap, you can also massage the area. In fact, pushing firmly up into the body is a way of providing external prostate stimulation.

Avoid the Up and Down. The long stroking motion that is usually used in a handjob isn’t going to do much and probably won’t feel very good with a soft penis. Your partner might like more active moments; in that case , experiment with different ways to play with the penis. You can roll it back and forth in two hands, you can squeeze and release while holding it in your hand, etc.

Use Lube If you want to use more active stimulation, adding a personal lubricant is probably a good idea. Lube makes everything slicker, and people often report feeling more sensitive (or at least being more aware of stimulation) when they are using lubricant. Having said that, playing with a very small penis that’s also soft can be more difficult if everything is so slippery. Some people will prefer the feeling of friction and rubbing, and lube reduces the friction.


As with handjobs, much of what you know about oral sex can be applied to your standard soft penis. Unless the penis is soft immediately following an ejaculation or numb from overstimulation, remember that the nerve endings are still there, and the tactile and psychological thrill of being vulnerable can be as intense with a soft penis as it is with an erection.

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You may have to use your hands more to isolate the shaft or scrotum since a soft penis can kind of fold into itself. Of course, one benefit of performing fellatio on a soft penis is that with very few exceptions, you don’t have to worry about your gag reflex or it being too big. In fact, oral sex with a soft penis provides an opportunity for much more aggressive play without hurting yourself.

You can play with suction, either with part or all of your partner’s penis in your mouth. Consider the classic «hummer» move, where you actually hum a tune, thereby creating a pleasant modulated vibration in your mouth. This can be very pleasurable. If your goal is to move from a soft penis to a hard one, you might want to avoid stimulating the perineum or the prostate. Even though both of these can be very pleasurable they can also lead to an erection getting softer or disappearing altogether.

Bottom Line

Our bodies are capable of producing stimulation in countless ways. Someone with a soft penis is hardly at a disadvantage if you want that person to make you feel pleasure — that is, unless you insist that the only way you can feel pleasure is with an erection.

This goes for the person with the soft penis as well. You can both give and receive pleasure in literally thousands of other ways. But you need to be open to this and not be stuck on the idea that to feel good or make someone else feel good, you need an erection.

Think about that for a bit. What are your favorite ways to be stimulated? Do they all involve an erection or even a penis? For some, the answer will be yes. For most, the answer is probably no. So, with or without an erection, any penis owner can turn you on and make you feel good. And with or without an erection, if you want to reciprocate, the world, and even his penis, is your oyster.


Bed Bugs and International Travel

High Profile British Airlines Incident Captures the Human Side of the Global Bed Bug Boom

We have written before about how bed bugs prefer to hitchhike when moving abroad, so there were no surprises when the latest story on bed bugs and international travel hit the headlines this week. The Age ran this feature, highlighting the insidiousness of these irritating, downright painful pests that are among the reasons many planes landing in Melbourne are subject to fumigation.

Nine Hours on Infested Plane Leaves 7-Year-Old “Absolutely Covered” in Painful Bed Bug Bites

A young Canadian family on-route to Slovakia (via London) had barely settled in to their cramped seats before they realised the nine hour flight ahead would be anything but ordinary. Heather Szilagyi had worked for years as a hotel cleaner, so when she noticed a small brown object ‘shaped like a flax seed’ resting on her lap, she hoped it wasn’t what she thought it was. Then it moved.

After squishing the crawling flax seed, Heather looked up at the in-seat entertainment system and noticed more of the creatures crawling out from between the gaps. Her experience with bed bugs while working as a hotel cleaner told her that she had to do something. Having seen first-hand the havoc a bed bug infestation could cause, she was in no mood to have the blood-sucking pests crawling over her and her family for nine hours.

Heather called the flight attendant, who assured her that bed bug infestations were very rare and it was likely not serious. Not convinced, the Szilagyis requested that they be able to move their young daughter away from the infested area. You can imagine their horror when the cabin crew informed them that the plane was ‘fully booked’, and they would have to stay where they were for the remaining nine hours flight to London.

“I knew it was a real infestation”, Heather told CTV News (Canada), and there’s nothing they can do about it anyway“.

Having resigned herself to spending the immediate future stuck between a rock and a hard place, you might say, Heather drank a few glasses of wine. She managed to become relaxed enough to doze off, having convinced herself that the bed bugs she had seen were merely a few strays carried in by a neighbouring passenger. Maybe she squished them all with the Kleenex she had handy, and all would be well.

Unfortunately, this was not so. Heather and her family ended up acting as ‘the canary in the coalmine’, with the airline later agreeing to review their fumigation practices.

Bed Bug Bites Create Serious Discomfort, Especially in People Sensitive to Insect Bites

When the flight landed in London the following morning, raised red welts were already appearing on Heather’s skin, as well as her daughter’s. Some of these bites later became infected, leaving a painful weeks-long reminder of their nine hour ordeal aboard the infested plane.

Heather’s daughter was left with painful, bleeding welts which “covered” her following the nine hour exposure to what seemed to be relatively few bed bugs.

Family Took the Right Steps to Prevent Bed Bug Infestation

Instead of relaxing and catching up on sleep when they arrived in Slovakia, Heather knew that their encounter with the bed bugs could not yet be pushed out of mind. Recalling years of experience working as a commercial cleaner in busy hotels for jet-setting travellers, she knew that the flight could just be the beginning of the family’s bed bug problems.

Before unpacking their things and settling in to rest, the family instead opted to soak their clothing in boiling-hot water and heavily wash the rest of their luggage. After this was done, the Szilaygis finally tended to their itching, bleeding bed bug bites and contacted British Airways to inform them of the infestation.

Despite enduring long periods of waiting on hold to speak to the airline’s customer-service staff, Heather was not just another disgruntled customer expecting to be placated. The objective of her call to British Airways was to ensure that they would not be seated on the same plane when they returned home, and to have the airline deal with infestation before many more were affected.

Just a couple of bed bugs (or their eggs) nestled in clothing, luggage, or other objects is the most common cause of bed bug infestation. Capable of going months without feeding, these pests wait until the unwitting carrier deposits them in a habitat suitable for infestation. Activated by their ability to sense human activity, this is typically a bedroom or area where humans are resting for extended periods.

Luckily Heather knew this first hand having dealt with infestations many times during her career. This knowledge and the story it created has likely made countless thousands of people aware of the insidious threat of bed bug infestation.

Bed Bug Infestation – Key Points

| Bed bugs typically feed every five or so days during active infestation. However the sheer number of bed bugs present often results in the affected sleeper waking up covered in bites every morning. Bed bugs breed rapidly, with all stages of their life-cycle usually present in an infestation or ‘nest’. Waking up with unexplained itching or red welts, even if there are only a few, calls for a thorough inspection of the affected area and any nearby objects.

Adult bed bugs are easily seen with the naked eye, if you know what to look for. Mature bed bugs are light brown and shaped like a flax seed. Especially if it is cold, they may not move much unless disturbed.

Remove sheets and bedding materials to check underneath the corners of suspect mattresses, as well as any creases or crevices on the mattress. These are likely targets for bed bug infestation, but they may also be found in cracks on the floor or walls, inside carpet and furniture, or objects left lying around the affected area.

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Thanks to Heather and her family, the growing cost of bed bug infestation has been made clearer. Remaining informed about the threat posed by these pests and taking precautionary steps against them is key to mitigating the overlooked issue of international bed bug migration.

19 Glorious Butt Selfies You Have to See to Believe

Some clothed, some bare—and all equally deserving of recognition

The belfie is a delightful portmanteau of butt and selfie. It’s the definition for what happens when a lovely lady snaps a saucy photo of her exposed booty, posts it to Instagram, and drives the world wild.

Though the act of sharing one’s perky backside has been around since Instagram’s early days, the term has only recently become the new normal in our feeds. As the nomenclature bourgeoned, so did the practice. Every time we opened our feed, there was another perfect posterior, beckoning you to oogle before giving it a double-tap.

Plenty of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kylie Kardashian, and every other Kardashian, led the charge, followed by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Doutzen Kroes and more. The more that famous faces turned the camera away from pouty lips to plump bottoms, so did regular sexy women, those without reality shows and record deals, all to equal applause. Bring on butts of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The butt selfie welcomes all with a voyeuristic spirit, a camera phone and a mirror. The butt selfie does not discriminate.

Here, these 19 beautiful belfies prove it. Some are clothed, some are bare, and some are on the beach, in the gym, and in the bedroom. Some are true selfies, others are photos that perfectly display the backside. May the glorious belfie live on forever.


How Do Birds Mate?

Bird Sex and Reproduction

Spring is the breeding season for most birds, but how do birds mate? Coming together in sexual copulation is essential to fertilize eggs to raise young birds, but the sex act is only a brief part of the courtship and pair bonds between birds.

The Reproductive Anatomy of Birds

Most birds do not have the same reproductive body parts as mammals. Instead, both male and female birds have a cloaca. This opening (also called the vent) serves as the bodily exit for their digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. This means the same opening that excretes feces and urine is the opening from which eggs are laid. During the breeding season, the cloaca swells and may protrude slightly outside the body, while during the rest of the year it is much less prominent and not typically visible.

When birds are ready to breed, their reproductive organs, the testes and ovaries, swell and produce the sperm and ova. Male birds store sperm in their cloaca until an opportunity to mate arises, and females will receive that sperm into their cloaca before it travels deeper into their bodies to fertilize their ova and begin egg formation.

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Bird Courtship

The courtship between a pair of birds can last much longer than the actual act of copulation. Courtship behavior may include several stages, from initially claiming territory to actually wooing a prospective mate with visual and auditory displays such as stunning plumage, spectacular flights, intricate songs, or even elaborate dances. The courtship period is when a male bird shows off his health and strength to convince a female that he is her best possible mate and will help her create the strongest, healthiest chicks with the best chance to survive.

How Birds Have Sex

Once a female bird is receptive to a mate, whether it is a new mate every breeding season or simply renewing ties with a life-long partner, the actual mating can take place. The positions and postures birds assume to mate can vary, but the most common is for the male bird to balance on top of the female. The female may hunch, lay down, or bow to give the male easier balance, and both birds face the same direction. She will then move her tail aside to expose her cloaca to his reach, and he will arch or curl his body so his cloaca can touch hers. The brief rubbing of cloacas may last less than a second, but the sperm is transferred quickly during this «cloacal kiss» and the mating is complete. The balancing may take longer as the birds stay touching one another, and several «kisses» might occur within a few moments. Birds will remain excited by their hormones for a week or more and may mate several times during that period to increase the chances of successful insemination.

Some bird species, most notably several species of swans, geese, and ducks, do not have cloacas, but instead male birds have an actual phallus (penis) that is inserted into the female during mating. The penis is formed by an extension of the cloacal wall, and unlike mammals, is erected by lymph rather than blood. Having a penis helps different types of waterfowl mate in the water without the sperm washing away from an exposed cloaca. Several other bird species, including cassowaries, kiwis, and ostriches, also have penises rather than cloacas, but the mating act is still only a brief encounter.

After mating, the sperm travels to the ova for fertilization. Eggs may be laid in just a few days or it may be several months before eggs are ready to be laid and the final brooding of the nest begins.

If You See Mating Birds

Many birders are at first thrilled to see unique bird behavior, then quickly become embarrassed or uncomfortable when they realize they are watching birds have sex. Because the mating act is so brief, being observed does not typically disturb the birds, but it is important to realize that this is still a delicate time for bird pairs.

If you see mating birds, it is best to keep your distance, as approaching more closely may spook the birds and force them to leave, which can interrupt their courtship or hurt their pair bond. This may also cause difficulties for raising a brood or completing a successful mating if the pair splits prematurely. If they are severely disturbed, the birds may leave their carefully chosen territory to relocate to a less suitable area that may not provide for all their hatchlings’ food, shelter, and other survival needs.

After the birds have mated, they may remain nearby to nest and raise their brood. This can provide a unique opportunity for birders to observe a growing bird family, but the same caution should be taken to stay away from the nest in order to safeguard young birds. Too much attention can distress parent birds, forcing them to abandon the nest or hatchlings. Drawing attention to the nest can also attract predators, and birders should take great care to not disturb nesting birds in any way.

Seeing mating birds can be exciting, and it’s a great reminder of how special spring birding can be. By understanding how birds reproduce, birders can better realize what unique behaviors they see in the field and can take steps to protect nesting birds and their young.


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