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My bug friends -who are they? [a: beetle, book louse/psocid, cockroach]

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  1. nocamping

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    Hello,

    After weeks of looking, still nothing conclusive found... as a result, the exterminator I phoned doesn't want to come and have a look, advised to put carpet tape around.

    So I've looked at several theories, have many questions, and have tried to photograph a couple of insects for identification (it's nice to know your housemates' names, and I'd like to come out of this experience with more to show than mild paranoia).

    - I have looked at the possibility of being allergic to carpet beetles.
    In favour : there are plenty of IMG_4376 by Eda Melvita, sur Flickr]these guys[/url]at my home, I think they are carpet beetles. Also, the "bites" flare up when I wear synthetic clothes.
    Against : I have quite a couple of bites that are in threes or twos, my husband woke up with three bites on his eyelid (but it doesn't bother him at all).

    -I have looked at the possibility of having bedbugs.
    In favour : the bite pattern, the fact bites happen mostly when in bed or sitting in the house. Also, even though I find nothing conclusive, I don't find "nothing" - there's always debris in everyone's bed
    Against : I haven't found much that looks like BB shed skins or fecal stains, despite looking everywhere (and even posting photos of seeds, sorry Lou). This morning, however, I found 1 mm-long, light-yellow IMG_4374 by Eda Melvita, sur Flickr]bugs[/url].
    Could they be first instars or something?

    I am now looking at rat mites.
    In favour : the bites started after I saw a rat hanging out in the neighbour's yard. I am pretty sure my husband's wood pile is harbouring a rat, not a hedgehog.

    Against : I did follow the exterminator's advice (before reading better on bedbugger). Every threshold was lined with carpet tape for two weeks. The only insects we found was a fine specimen of Dermestes, a moth and a couple of gnats. A mite is so small, wouldn't it have gotten stuck as well?

    And finally, I keep finding these things on the patio and all outside the house. What are they? IMG_4371 by Eda Melvita, sur Flickr][/url]
    They freak me out, they really do look like oversized bedbugs (7 to 10 mm long), with a white stripe across. I've never noticed them around in the past.

    And finally... any word of encouragement or advice will help. I am trying to be rational about the bites, but they scratch like hell, and clearly my baby son is also getting bitten. It doesn't help that my husband -who feels nothing and minimises the problem- complains about the cleaning-and-bagging policy that's in place at my house. Clearly, the cleaning helped even though the bites never fully stopped.

    I'd like to at least know what problem I am dealing with here.

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Sun Jul 16 2017 6:31:21
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    Hi,

    OK, not CB's. We appear to have:

    Beetle, possibly tribolium.

    Pscocid.

    One for Lou to look at.

    Occasm's bed bug says "most likely candidate is damp".

    Hope that helps.

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    Sun Jul 16 2017 6:49:01
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    It's strange when clicking on your pictures, the link doesn't work at all, but clicking on the listing of the image I can see it on Flickr. Too bad your images are low resolution and small picture size.
    There's a beetle, but not sure about ID. Doesn't look like a Tenebrionidae, so not Tribolium (Sorry, David). Could be an outdoor mold/fungus beetle. Definitely not Latridiidae.
    There's a booklouse, and
    There's what looks like a cockroach, but due to picture clarity, I'm not 100% certain.

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    Thanks for your replies!

    I hadn't thought my mystery insect could be a roach, but after your suggestion, I found several similar pictures indicating it was a young Ectobius pallidus (a garden roach common in Europe). So that can stay in the garden and patio, and it's not causing bites.

    I am a bit bummed that the "carpet beetle" isn't one, but at least we can cross out one theory. There are so many in my house, and they're mostly found creeping on windowsills, but I have found some in beds. I've tried to take a better picture, but now I'm not even sure it's the same insect. IMG_4392 by Eda Melvita, sur Flickr][/url]
    Its defense strategy is playing dead, it does that quite well when disturbed. Also, I am worried this could eat wood as there are wooden floors, old wooden furniture and exposed beams in my house.

    And finally, is it normal to have so many insects in my house? I mean, I have a garden outside, and I've never been one to freak out about a few spiders in my home, but I'm starting to think I have crossed a line between laid back and unhygienic.

    If the bites don't stop, could I get my house treated for bedbugs anyway (provided I find someone willing to do it), and would it rid me of other insects whether I choose thermal or spraying?

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    Hi,

    Just because that's not CB does not mean it cant be CB's as the cause if you have found the larval skins which are the thing people react to.

    I would advise against treatment until you know what you are treating for, otherwise you go down a path its hard to get back. Ideally the pest specialist would ID it and then advise treatment put sadly that type of pest controller are int he minority.

    Lou, no worries, hence the possibility going from outline alone, more lozenge than a CB and its the first common one to rule out in the EU.

    David

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    Thanks David!

    I have found a real, live hairy larva in a crack under a baseboard. It was really hairy (spiky), dark on one side and white on the other, pretty big I thought. Could that be a CB?

    Also, I have been looking for identification of my mystery bug, and I thought it could be this one linked here.

    As I live in one of the countries mentioned, it's plausible, but I am really bad with these little creatures (I had not recognized a cockroach, despite the little thingies that apparently you call cerci, and I tend to mistake seeds for bugs). Apparently they're the same family as the bigger, different-looking Dermestes I have also found. How can I learn more about what they're doing around my house? Also, no chance they could cause bites, right?

    David, do you know a reseller that ships interceptors to mainland Europe?


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