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Bb alert passive ID needed [a: carpet beetle-related]

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  1. Didibedbug

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Wed Mar 29 2017 0:47:14
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    Hi there,
    I checked my passive bb alert and found a shell of some sort hanging off the bottom edge of the monitor. Does this look like a bed bug shell??
    Seems to almost have a hairy appearance?
    Also, is it possible for other bugs besides bed bugs to end up in/or on the monitor?
    Thank you

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  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Wed Mar 29 2017 6:16:04
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    Hi,

    100% not bed bug. Its carpet beetle or close relative.

    Nothing to worry about and sometimes linked to "bite like" skin reactions there is a lot of information about them on the forum, including links to simple solutions.

    Hope that helps.

    David Cain
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  3. Didibedbug

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    Wed Mar 29 2017 9:42:46
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    Thank you!

  4. nomorebuggs

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    Wed Mar 29 2017 22:56:23
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    Regarding the monitor also, yes, its certainly possible for other bugs to be in/near it. I have found carpet beetle casings darn near everywhere I looked for bbs, including near my passive monitors. But other bugs that might get in it (like carpet beetles or a even a spider) probably wouldn't harbour in it like bbs do.

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Thu Mar 30 2017 9:38:04
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    Hi,

    While the monitor is specifically designed for bed bugs and to confirm their presence there is nothing about it that will attract other insects or organisms into your home.

    Occasionally something may explore it and the nature of the "electrostatic" attraction of the detection skirt will anchor down passing airborne materials which could include carpet beetle skins and other "dander".

    The awesome news is that should anything decide to make its home in there its an easy unwanted tenant to dispose of. I might have to shoot a video of a technique I use for isolating monitors into the pair of gloves I was wearing while taking them off. It's for those moments when you want to bag the issue and carry on checking and don't have a ziplock to hand (the premise being I always have a saddle pocket full of gloves.

    A few years ago I did start working on a carpet beetle trap but its not a core priority as there are simpler ways to tackle the issue.

    Hope that explains but its nothing to be concerned with.

    David


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