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Old 06-30-2017, 09:23 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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I discovered this nasty creature crawling on the floor of the place I recently vacated. Ugly beasty, and quite large as well. An inch or so long, insect (six legs) Color was amber and black, bi segmented body. Large abdomen striped black and amber. Slow moving, when I squished it bright red blood went everywhere (I believe it had fed on my dog). Left a stain I had to really scrub to get up.

I can find nothing like it on Google and when I described the thing to a pest control guy he said he had never seen or heard of a blood suckling pest that large that is flightless. It had a large proboscus, the legs were large and it was bout one of the nastier bugs I have ever seen. It was in the bedroom so I thought it must be a species of bed bug, but there's nothing like it on any of the dozens of bug sites I've looked on. I only ever saw the one. Never found any more when I moved my furniture out. Anybody here ever see anything like this? I can find nothing anywhere online. But it was obviously a blood feeder and it's size was rather daunting. The only bug I've ever seen that resembles it is a potato bug. Also called a Child of the Earth. Very similar in color and structure but potato bugs aren't blood feeders.
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Old 06-30-2017, 10:20 PM
 
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No photo?
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Old 06-30-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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Maybe a louse?

Bugs! Kids Guide to Pests!


Or a cone nose (kissing bug)
Conenose or Kissing Bugs - Insects in the City
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:17 AM
 
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It seems likely that the bug didn't actually squirt blood, but some other red substance. Box Elder bugs squish red and they're not blood suckers. (Not that I think the bug you are describing is a Box Elder Bug - they look completely different).
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:00 PM
 
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An engorged tick, maybe?
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:01 PM
 
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Ticks have eight legs, not six. And the more engorged they become the whiter they get from the abdomen stretching, so no black and amber stripes would be visible.


NVPlumber - were the stripes vertical or horizontal on the insect's body.


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Old 07-01-2017, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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Was it one of these guys?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triatominae
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Old 07-02-2017, 07:30 AM
 
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Ticks have eight legs, not six. And the more engorged they become the whiter they get from the abdomen stretching, so no black and amber stripes would be visible.


NVPlumber - were the stripes vertical or horizontal on the insect's body.


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Vertical along the abdomen
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Old 07-02-2017, 07:31 AM
 
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No the head was quite different so we're color and overall build.
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Old 07-02-2017, 06:24 PM
 
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That's the kissing bug/cone nose I mentioned^
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