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Expert ID Needed [a: carpet beetle]

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  1. LoatheTheBugs

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Apr 22 2016 8:11:37
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    Is this a bed bug? Or maybe a bat bug?

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    After several weeks of trying to find a bed bug I found it on a sticky trap on my windowsill.

    Backstory: I live in a small studio apartment on top of a stand-alone garage in an old home. Numerous bites since early March. PCO inspection late March ruled out bed bugs, but a few carpet beetles found. Been cleaning/laundering often, still getting bites so installed the Packtite Passive monitor 36 hours ago. No signs there yet.

    Thanks in advance to the experts on this site for your help! Much appreciated.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Apr 22 2016 9:00:44
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    Doesn't look bedbug related. Maybe an African stink bug.

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    Fri Apr 22 2016 10:44:57
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    jim danca - 1 hour ago  » 
    Doesn't look bedbug related. Maybe an African stink bug.

    No, it's a beetle but on its back. It looks like a species of Anthrenus, one of the carpet beetles. These species are chunky and have colorful scales on the body. Colors are black, brown, orange, yellow but patterning varies from species to species.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Apr 22 2016 11:45:03
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    Jim and Lou, thank you both very much for your quick replies and identification details!


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