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  1. CFitz

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    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/233/bugsclear.jpg/

    These were found on a bed. We had them once before and it took forever to rid ourselves... It was a bad infestation but that was years ago and we worked for a year researching and treating and we did eradicate them. This is the first we've seen since, and they were in the same bedroom and the same kid. He recently went to a university and came home for Christmas break. There are only a few in his room so we think he may have brought them home with him? Ughhhh.

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    I can't believe you wasted my time having to look at a photo of NON-bed bugs !

    So, NO !

    Hope that helps ! paul b.

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    So what might they be? Any idea? And why on the bed? There were about 15 or so in total. They are soft-bodied and squish easily. They were all on the mattress (or box spring). It's freaking us out pretty good. Thanks for your time!

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    they dont look at all like the ones i had. you should have a party

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    Ok, I'll look again but you ask me to "please say no".

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    OK.

    It appears that you took the photo through a plastic bag.

    From the phot these appear to be beetle larvae.

    Do this:

    Place these critters on a white or lite colored paper ( i usually use a paper plate) and take other photos. I need to see clear photos from both ventral and dorsal views.

    Also: tell me where & how many you find & how often

    paul b.

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    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/40/1dorsal1ventral.jpg/

    My camera SUCKS - this is the best I could get...

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    Dear CF,

    Actually, these are fairly good photos.

    Probably carpet beetles, not a big deal.

    Congrats, it ain't BBs !

    Let me know if any additional questions, paul b.

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    Thanks Paul, I appreciate the effort. I do have a couple of questions... First, we removed the carpet in that bedroom (and the entire upstairs) several years ago. Is it weird to have carpet beetles in a room with no carpet (laminate flooring).

    Also, here are a few more pictures just to be on the safe side. Thank you so much.

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/10/dorsalaspect2.jpg/

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/404/ventralaspect.jpg/

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/442/ventral2.jpg/

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    Must be carpet beetle larvae, but I am surprised how different each look (I mean the ones I got compared to others').

    They don't just feed on carpet, it could be human/pet hair, lint, food stuff etc.

    I found them under my bed near the baseboard too, so I guess they tend to hide in dark places. I caught three out of four, but one escaped into a deep area - couldn't see it clearly, but from the way it moved it was similar to the ones I did catch.

    David Cain has written a lot of information about these larvae and some tips on removing them: http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/carpetbeetleinformation.pdf

    Hope this helps!

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    Dermestid beetle larvae (probably Odd Beetle = Thylodrias contractus)

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    Thanks to you guys, I think I found it! This is what they look like, exactly.

    http://www.museumpests.net/getimagefromdb.asp?id=97&whichfile=images&whichsize=item

    I really appreciate everyone's help. The bummer of it is, this is what we had last time and the "expert" bug guy told us we had bed bugs. And he charged us a bunch of money to treat. I ended up having to treat again myself because I didn't trust that the guy really knew what he was doing. Lots more $$ and time.

    Is there any reason to go to great lengths to try to rid ourselves of these guys?

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    Dear CF,

    Sorry but once you're a beetle you're pretty much gonna stay a beetle.

    Good photos by the way so thanks for that !

    OK, unless you're seeing a bunch of these guys or having garment damage occur, the only control recommendation I'd offer at this point in time is vacuum them up.

    Note that since the advent of synthetic garments/carpets that these bettles have been having a tough go of it trying to make a living inside our homes. There's simply not a lot of stuff for them to thrive on in the average home much to the shagrin of those who used to do a lot of carpet beetle jobs a long, long time ago in a galaxy far away.

    Hope this helps ! paul b.

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    Not odd beetle, but looks like a species of Anthrenus with much of the body setae removed. Carpet beetle group, a dermestid beetle.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Thx Lou !

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    I'm happy I wrote "probably" ... thanks Lou...

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    CFitz - 19 hours ago  » 
    So what might they be? Any idea? And why on the bed? There were about 15 or so in total. They are soft-bodied and squish easily. They were all on the mattress (or box spring). It's freaking us out pretty good. Thanks for your time!

    Demon spawn, without a doubt, demon spawn.

    Actually, it's most likely carpet beetle larva.

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    Thanks again to all for your help and expertise, especially thanks to Paul. I think we'll just do a thorough vacuuming and call it a day.


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