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  1. sircoolkeen

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    I need help IDing these images!!

    I think the one image is carpet beetles shells. I found them in mattress seaming.. Any ideas? Is this a normal place to find these?

    The next image really scares me, it appeared on my sheets.. is this a lady bug abdomen maybe? Please help me identify it vs a BB!

    I can’t sleep I’m so nervous about these findings! Thank you so much in advance..

    https://imgur.com/dRKqAvH
    https://imgur.com/MZE9XGL

    Thank you!!

  2. loubugs

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    sircoolkeen - 38 minutes ago  » 
    I need help IDing these images!!
    I think the one image is carpet beetles shells. I found them in mattress seaming.. Any ideas? Is this a normal place to find these?
    The next image really scares me, it appeared on my sheets.. is this a lady bug abdomen maybe? Please help me identify it vs a BB!
    I can’t sleep I’m so nervous about these findings! Thank you so much in advance..
    https://imgur.com/dRKqAvH
    https://imgur.com/MZE9XGL
    Thank you!!

    Yes, first pictures are carpet beetle larvae shed skins. Doesn't look like a bed bug abdomen, but more like a beetle abdomen, possibly lady bug.

    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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    Posted 9 months ago
    Sun Dec 17 2017 5:53:33
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    Thank you so much loubugs!!

    So you’re confident that’s not a BB abdomen? That’s great news I can sleep again!
    Also is it common or normal to see carpet beetles in mattress piping? And are they at all “easier” to treat than BB.

    I’m thinking they’re the solved mystery for the red “bites” I was waking up with.

    Thanks again!

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    sircoolkeen - 5 hours ago  » 
    Thank you so much loubugs!!
    So you’re confident that’s not a BB abdomen? That’s great news I can sleep again!
    Also is it common or normal to see carpet beetles in mattress piping? And are they at all “easier” to treat than BB.
    I’m thinking they’re the solved mystery for the red “bites” I was waking up with.
    Thanks again!

    Yes the rear section that you found doesn't look like one. Carpet beetle larvae get into many places plus the shed skins can be blown around by very light air currents. These can be under beds, on beds, on floors, on piles of clothing, or just around.


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