All a Mystery - [a: not bed bugs; carpet beetle larvae and woodlouse](5 posts)
For complicated reasons I've not been staying in the apartment I usually share with my wife. She has still been staying there.
A couple of weeks ago she started getting bit with what looks a lot like the bed bug bites described and pictured here and elsewhere, on her arms, legs, midriff:
I went over to the apartment during the day and started by taking the sheets off the bed. When I pulled the top cover off I saw a very small bug running very fast. I smashed it, unfortunately maybe a bit much for an id:
I also examined along the floorboards with a flashlight and what looked like a slightly larger bug poked his head out from under the crack between the floorboard and the wood floor. It ducked back under too quickly for me to capture or get a picture of it. To me it looked like a bed bug, but it was quick.
I examined the mattress and box springs and found things I suspected to be evidence of carpet beetles:
I set a DIY Dry Ice Bed Bug Trap a couple of nights but didn't catch anything.
Today we checked the mattress again and found this:
These are the same items after removing them from the mattress:
And we also found this in the mattress seams:
I am suspecting at this point Dermestid Beetles, and possibly/probably also Bed Bugs based on the bites, and would appreciate any expert advice.
Many Many Thanks in advance!
Yes carpet beetle larval skin but the other round abdomen section is not bedbug it's most like the reminant of a ladybird. If you search the archives you will see these pop up a fair amount.
I would say work with the carpet beetle diagnostic first rather than assuming bedbugs.
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but the other round abdomen section is not bedbug it's most like the reminant of a ladybird.
Mmmmh... it's a crushed woodlouse...
Thanks so much for feedback! I forgot to mention this is in Southern California, in case that makes a difference.
Also wanted to ask; any thoughts on the bites? (I know nothing can be confirmed by viewing bites, so will keep that in mind, but would be interested in any impressions on these as she's had a lot of them).
Carpet beetles can cause skin reactions if you're allergic.
To confirm bed bugs, you need visual evidence (bugs, cast skins, fecal, eggs). See the detection FAQs or detection section of the Useful Stuff page (links are in the navigation bar at top) to read about options for monitoring for bed bugs.
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