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Cast Skin ID Needed - Carpet Beetle or Bed Bug? [a: carpet beetle shed skins]

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  1. jtwburger

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Nov 26 2013 13:46:00
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    Hello all - please ease my mind. Is this a carpet beetle cast skin or a bed bug cast skin. Won't go into my long history - but suffice it to say that after two separate battle with bed bugs we have been clear for 3 1/2 years, have a new baby, and the thought of having to battle again has left me and my wife crippled.
    Please let this be a carpet beetle.

    All of that said - if it's not, I want to know.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/109886695@N06/

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    Tue Nov 26 2013 14:03:47
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    Hi,

    100% not bedbug cast skin which are almost always a more intact paper version of a bedbug.

    Its most likley carpet beetle or similar larval skin.

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  3. jtwburger

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Nov 26 2013 14:09:23
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    David,

    Thank you, so much, for your prompt reply. We figured that was the case, but with our full-blown PTSD, it is sometimes hard to be rational. I found the skin, out of the blue, in my closet and went into panic mode. Thanks for putting my mind at ease.

    Best,

    John

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    Tue Nov 26 2013 14:12:55
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    Hi John,

    It might be worth making a resource pack with quality compare and contrast images so if you feel a panic coming on your can open it and immediately compare.

    Knowing you have it in a draw will help alleviate some of the anxiety of having to wait for an answer even though we are good at getting ID's done as quickly as possible.

    As you may not have been reading up for a while please review the FAQ's and useful tools to make sure you are following best practice.

    David

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    Tue Nov 26 2013 14:14:27
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    That's a great idea. Will do. Thanks again.

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    Tue Nov 26 2013 16:52:28
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    Those are carpet beetle shed skins. Compare to bed bug shed skins from my site.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lou_bugs_pix/5424454836/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lou_bugs_pix/5423853343/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lou_bugs_pix/5424452420/

    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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