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Bedbug/carpet beetle ID [a: two species of carpet beetle]

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  1. Devin09osu

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Sun Feb 25 2018 22:41:50
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    My wife found what she thought was a smear of blood on the bed, then two separate nights within a week she found bites on her that she was convinced was bedbugs. We began cleaning and bagging everything even though three people inspected the bed closely and found zero traces of bedbugs. But while cleaning clothes that had been on the floor, we found a larvae in the laundry basket. Pic attached. So I was also convinced it was bed bugs. I knew nothing of carpet beetles at the time.

    Pic: http://tinypic.com/r/2ldh7c8/9

    We panicked and started the clean up of our kids’ beds as well. We cleaned all our laundry from the rooms, got bedbug mattress bags for all our mattresses, double sided tape on all our bed leg posts. We vacuumed profusely. Then we found a dead larvae attached to a Barbie doll under my daughters bed. Then we really started to freak. We thought we just confirmed bedbugs in two rooms!

    Pic: http://tinypic.com/r/2199z84/9

    http://tinypic.com/r/2199z84/9http://tinypic.com/r/2199z84/9

    Later my mother in law said to look up carpet beetles. And now that I see those pics of the larvae, I’m convinced that it was carpet beetles all along.

    Can you confirm the pics? And what should we do if it is carpet beetles? Not worry anymore?

  2. loubugs

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Feb 26 2018 2:47:51
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    Tinypic is annoying to try to see the pictures. Not bed bug. Looks like 1 or 2 species of carpet beetle larva.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Feb 26 2018 5:16:52
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    Are these pics any better? Want to be sure:

    https://m.imgur.com/a/vtR0m

    https://imgur.com/a/gfL9U

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Feb 26 2018 7:09:00
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    Devin09osu - 1 hour ago  » 
    Are these pics any better? Want to be sure:
    https://m.imgur.com/a/vtR0m
    https://imgur.com/a/gfL9U

    Same answer and 2 species of carpet beetle, but easier to see pictures.


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