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BB skin shell ID help please!

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  1. Kokokoi

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Hi, moved into a new flat just over two months ago, no problems until wife got a series of five bites last night, started doing checks on the bed frame and found this:

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    Could someone please help ID if this is a BB skin? We had an infestation about a year ago, but have since moved twice and have not seen anything resembling a bed bug.

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    Another, slightly better image:
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    That looks like carpet beetle larvae. They don't bite, but have been known to cause skin irritation.

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    Kokokoi - 7 hours ago  » 
    Hi, moved into a new flat just over two months ago, no problems until wife got a series of five bites last night, started doing checks on the bed frame and found this:
    Could someone please help ID if this is a BB skin? We had an infestation about a year ago, but have since moved twice and have not seen anything resembling a bed bug.

    As was pointed out earlier, a carpet beetle larval shed skin. A species of Anthrenus. The specialized defensive hairs (rear brushes) called hastisetae can cause dermatitis.

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Hi all,

    Thanks for your replies. Here is also a picture of the 'bites', do they look like something a carpet beetle could cause? Thanks again!

    Picture of the bites


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