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Can anyone help? Is this a flea?

 
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Been waking up with bites of some kind and then I found this in the shower bathroom. I do have a dog so it would make sense.
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With about 80% certainty I can say that's a flea.
 
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I think it looks like some kind of small beetle and not a flea.
 
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It's hard for me to tell, but it kinda looks like it has wings folded up down it's back, under that shiny wing shell thing that is in two parts that I don't know the name of.

Is the bug still there, and if so, can you take another picture of it with something next to it like a ruler or coin or peanut for scale?
 
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Weird looking flea, but that might be from the water.
 
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Looks like a bed bug to me.
 
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Definitely not a flea.  It lacks the kangaroo jumping rear legs

 
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Yup not a flea, it's some kind of small beetle. If you think you have fleas in the house, put a shallow bowl/kitchen dish filled with warm water and a little bit of dish soap on the floor in the room you suspect, in this case wherever the dog sleeps would be a good idea. shut the room and leave it for an hour or so. If there are any fleas they will be attracted to the heat jump in and then not be able to get out and you will see them.
 
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Nicole alvarez wrote:Been waking up with bites of some kind and then I found this in the shower bathroom. I do have a dog so it would make sense.

That is a bed bug. Food grade diatomacous earth. Not harmful to things with bones. Read about it from the website here. Forum talks about diatomacous earth uses but it is recommended by authors on a Google search from https://richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp and when one clicks on what is DE you come here. That is not a flea. I'm sorry. I'm being treated chemically or have to move. Used DE 3 mos. ago and must've missed somewhere cause found more last week. I still recommend DE just do not miss any baseboards and launder anything on floors or dust them as well. I have boxes and books that they must've made it into our curtains I just took down in my bedroom a week before their return!  Now all Will be bagged and washed then dried in those too hot commercial dryers. If it ruins them ohhh well, rather kill these pesky buggers once and for all! My dog and lizard have to leave for the toxins on Monday. They were fine with the DE, so was I without a mask while applying but I don't have breathing issues where the dust can irritate. My caregiver isn't bothered by the DE either. A lizard would be susceptible if anything and his cage wasnt covered when I dusted heavily. Not a vet so I would cover cage if truly worried. Good luck! Again, I'm so sorry!
 
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Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.

If you've got them, you need to go agro on them RIGHT NOW.  You can't co-exist with them.  If you don't attack them aggressively, they'll ruin your life and be impossible to get rid of.  They'll hide in your walls, under the carpet, inside and under anything they can.  

My brother had a rental unit that was infested when the renters moved out.  They had to tear out every scrap of carpet, remove all the baseboards, fumigate, wait 30 days, fumigate again, and then hoped that they got them all.  The only way to find out is to sleep in the house because the C02 in your exhaled breath is what draws them out.  Basically, they slept in the house for about a week to assure that they'd killed them all.  It took the better part of the summer to get rid of them.

I'm really really sorry for you if that's what you've got.  How miserable.  Best of luck.
 
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Bed bugs also hate light. Apparently if you take your mattress outside and leave it in sun for a day it will speed up the process. If you look in the seems of mattress and find little black crumbs that look like dirt. Thats bed bug poo. DE will definately kill them off in time. And Just letting everyone know that DE also kills millipedes. Tried and tested myself. Sprinkled door frames with DE powder and havent seen a millipede since. Also put it in my potting mix and around my plants and plants are now booming. DE is seriously a miracle powder. With fleas though, if its rats or mice bringing them into your home then you have to get rid of rats n mice  first before you can start treating fleas. Otherwise you will be defeating the purpose.
 
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