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July 23, 2012
10:13 AM

Post #9215675

I bought a used laptop yesterday and the keyboard is littered with these incredibly small bugs. Using the image attached I scaled them and the big one by the letter B appears to be about 1/20th the length of a key on the keyboard, which would make it around 0.8mm long, some are smaller. Any idea what they are? They're tiny, white, and too small for me to really see any features beyond the fact that they have legs. I would like to get a better photo but all I have is my cell phone, so this is as good as it gets. I'm really hoping they're not baby bed bugs.

EDIT: To clarify, the bug in question is on the corner edge of the key to the left of the letter B. I realized that given their size and the quality of the photograph, they might be hard to see. There are a few others in the picture, but most of the white dots are just dust.

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Minot, ND

July 23, 2012
1:09 PM

Post #9215888

Most likely mites (assuming they have eight legs); possibly immature booklice (if they have six legs).

July 23, 2012
1:23 PM

Post #9215904

I'll give them a look under a magnifying glass when I get home and count the legs. So you would assume not bed bugs then?
Minot, ND

July 23, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9216156

Definitely not bed bugs!

July 24, 2012
3:32 PM

Post #9217216

Thanks! I stuck the laptop in a sealed bag yesterday with a box of mothballs. I didn't get a chance to check them out with a magnifying glass because there was a big hail storm and I couldn't get back to my shed (where the laptop is being stored). Here's hoping that all is well when I get home today.
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2012
3:42 PM

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