ID PLEASE!! Killed this bug. What is it??? [a: probably black carpet beetle](13 posts)
While happening to glance at the floor beneath my sofa just now, I saw this bug crawling. I sprayed it with rubbing alcohol and killed it. I used tweezers to keep it intact and put it in a ziploc.
Is it a bedbug? If not, any ideas what it is? My son has had a few bites lately. About one every 3 to 7 days for the past 3 weeks. But they were all single bites and they did not itch or seem to bother him at all.
Thanks. Praying we are not going down this road again.
I can't identify it for you. Sorry
Wondering tho if you can get a clearer pic?
Do you have a macro setting?
What you have here seems to be a beetle and NOT a bed bug.
We know this because the elytra, wings, can be seen protruding from under the shell like fore wings at the posterior end of the body.
With a better photo we may be able to tell you what beetle you have provided the photos can show the top (dorsal) view and the bottom (ventral) view.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
Since it looks like the beetle is under tape, it's best if you can cut the tape and peel it back to expose the beetle.
Thanks so much for your feedback! I really appreciate it. Knowing it is a beetle and not a bedbug makes me feel so much better. Do beetles bite? I am just wondering if this could be responsible for the bites my son has gotten during the past few weeks.
Here are some close up pictures. The beetle is in a ziploc bag so that is what you are seeing over it.
I'm watching the Rangers - Devils game so i'm too lazy to get off my chair and check one of my books.
However, it looks like it could be a black carpet beetle.
Lou, what do you think???
Thanks, Paul. I hope you were rooting for the Devils. Otherwise I'm sorry for the loss. It looked like the Rangers were going to make some magic happen.
Anyway, re carpet beetles, could this be causing my son's bites? Should we have a PCO come inspect? We only have 3 rugs and the rest of the apt is all hardwood floors. Will steaming the rugs get rid of them or could they be in furniture as well? Thanks again for your advice!!
Sometimes the hairs, or setae, on the larvae of these type beetles (i.e. black carpet beetles, furniture beetles, varied carpet beetles & other such critters) can cause bite like reactions. This is so because when magnified these hairs are shaped like spears. They may get into open pores and be an irritant to some people.
Once again, bite reactions absent of other physical evidence does not necessarily mean you have a bed bug problem !
Hope this helps ! paul b.
I have seen no evidence of bed bugs. Just these random single bites that my son received over the past few weeks. I am still hypervigilant when it comes to checking for signs. Like another poster on here recently, however, some others who come over are not as careful and it drives me nuts. So when I found this actual live bug yesterday, I was really worried. You don't know how much I appreciate your feedback and Lou's for giving me peace of mind.
Thank you again!
Based on the newer images, I'd go along with black carpet beetle, too.
Thanks, Lou! You, Paul and the other experts on here do people like me a great service.
You're very welcome !
While I can't speak 100% for the others, from my conversations with them it's clear to me that they enjoy the opportunity to be of help to all.
Have a great, bug free day ! paul b.
I can not tell you what it IS but it IS NOT a bed bug- Lucky you
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