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Is this a bed bag? It doesn't have the stripes that I saw in other pictures. I'm traveling and for 5 days I was sleeping in different hotel rooms. What should I do if it is. I searched the bed and found no more. enter image description here enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Nope - it's a tick! If you can get a better photo I can tell you what species - dorsal and ventral surfaces, ideally. $\endgroup$
    – arboviral
    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:58
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    $\begingroup$ Although probably an Ixodes, I suspect. $\endgroup$
    – arboviral
    Sep 13, 2016 at 8:03
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    $\begingroup$ Since it's a tick, I would search on your skin, not in the bed. (Meaning: my first priority would be to make sure none of those beasts were attached to my body). $\endgroup$ Sep 13, 2016 at 8:19
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    $\begingroup$ You should check that you haven't been bitten as some (not all) are know to carry Lime disease (nhs.uk/Conditions/Lyme-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx) $\endgroup$ Sep 13, 2016 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ Ticks and mites are allied to spider, which is an arachnid. Whereas bugs are a sort of insect $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Sep 14, 2016 at 11:09

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As already stated in the comments the animal you found is a tick (Wikipedia).

Since they are known to carry diseases you should make sure you have not been bitten or even still have one sucking your blood. So search your body. If you happen to find one still attached, do NOT squeeze it as this may stimulate fluids to flow from the tick into your body (bad). Instead get it out asap using tweezers or even better specialized tools. If you can't do it yourself ask another person preferably a doctor.

If you have been bitten watch for symtoms of an infection such as a red circle. If in doubt always see a doctor since you might require antibiotic treatment.

NOTE: usually nothing happens so don't worry too much but be alert for changes in skin around bites (if bitten that is).

EDIT: since hotel beds are not a typycal habitat of ticks you probably carried it there yourself.

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    $\begingroup$ I think it should be mentioned that hotel rooms are not their typical habitat. It's likely that the tick was transferred to the bed from OP's clothes. $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Sep 13, 2016 at 11:39
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    $\begingroup$ Btw., the most dangerous infection would be tick-borne encephalitis which unlike Lyme disease can't be treated. So, prevention (i.e., apart from vaccination, early removal of the tick) is important. $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Sep 13, 2016 at 11:46
  • $\begingroup$ Ticks need humidity to survive, they often just climb onto a leaf or some grass when it's 17-23C degrees and jump on animals passing by. An interesting biological fact is that young ticks that have had a lizard host absorb the lizards lyme antibodies and have far less lyme desease later when they bite a bigger animal. $\endgroup$ Nov 26, 2022 at 8:09

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