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Bed bugs or carpet beetles?

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  1. Pnelson

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    Posted 5 months ago
    Tue May 16 2017 16:06:51
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    So maybe two weeks ago I started noticing what looked like bites on my arms and chest area. My husband has had no issues and neither have my children. A few days ago I decided to tear my bed apart and check if I could see any signs of bugs. When I did this I found either dead bugs or casings on my box spring closest to my bedroom window. Unfortunately my bed was on the floor and not in a frame due to low ceilings in my room. I'm not sure if these bugs are bed bugs or another type of bug. I proceeded to bag my mattress and box springs in zippered covers and remove them from my home. I then sprayed insecticide on my carpets and all base boards and every crack I seen as well as Windows. I vaccumed and bagged up ever thing in tight sealed bags. I waited till the next day and followed up with steaming all the same areas and then drenching every thing in 100 proof alcohol. I have not seen a single live bug and all I see is what looks like mold maybe from my air conditioner. I had no feces or streaks along my mattress and nowhere else on my boxspring except for by that window. I had a white pillow top cover that was clean and no apparent blood stains. Now on to why I think it could be carpet beetles is because about a week ago I was laying on my couch watching tv and I noticed welts were forming on my arm. I didn't feel anything or see anything. When inspecting my couch I find a lot of dead carpet beetles. I also found alot in my bedroom and today I found what I believe is a carpet beetle larvae inching along on the seam to my couch. I also found a live adult carpet beetle in the bed a few days before I tore my bed apart. Hopefully someone can help me determine what is going on. I'm starting to think it maybe carpet beetles after all.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/155045708@N08/shares/NiH138
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/155045708@N08/shares/m92F24

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 5 months ago
    Wed May 17 2017 9:50:06
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    Hi,

    100% not bed bugs.

    Its a beetle larva. Have a look at the writings on the forum about carpet beetles to see how these could be the issue.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 5 months ago
    Wed May 17 2017 10:55:39
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    Looks like a species of Anthrenus carpet beetle larva.

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    Posted 5 months ago
    Wed May 17 2017 15:51:30
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    In both pictures? Sorry for pestering just want to be 100% sure before I can be relieved.

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    Posted 5 months ago
    Wed May 17 2017 16:07:44
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    Pnelson - 15 minutes ago  » 
    In both pictures? Sorry for pestering just want to be 100% sure before I can be relieved.

    Large size image definitely, but smaller image sized one is difficult to say exactly, but looks like one. Why is this picture so much smaller?

  6. Pnelson

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    Posted 5 months ago
    Wed May 17 2017 17:54:28
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    The second one was taken on a box spring and I was trying to take pictures of the side I should have zoomed in on one. I could try to get a better picture. I still have the box springs store in my detached garage in the mattress protesters to contain what was on them.


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