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Expert ID of a possible bed bug shell needed!

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  1. bedbugsDC

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sat Aug 20 2016 13:57:39
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    Hi there,

    I'm trying to figure out if we have bed bugs. On August 1st (so about 20 days ago) my girlfriend and I moved into a new apartment, and on the 1st, she got a series of bites that looked like they could be bed bug bites. We had an exterminator come to inspect, but she couldn't find any evidence of bed bugs, though she put down an initial spray to be on the safe side. Since then, my girlfriend hasn't had any further bites. We have, however, found what seem to clearly be several carpet beetle larvae. See here: http://i.imgur.com/EO5pwmT.png.

    We were very confident we'd found the source of the problem, but then in doing cleaning today we found a shell that we are very concerned looks more like a bed bug shell. Here is a picture of it: http://i.imgur.com/LuMpRTM.png. There is no head and when we flip it over, there's not much of anything. I can't find a good picture online of the top of a bed bug shell isolated, so I was hoping someone could tell me here.

    If it is a bed bug, given the fact that my girlfriend hasn't had any new bites in roughly two weeks, what would you suggest our next plan of action should be?

    Many thanks for any help!

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Aug 21 2016 9:52:54
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    Curious if folks have any thoughts -- thanks again!

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    Posted 2 years ago
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    Yes, carpet beetle larvae (a young one). Not shed skin of bed bug, but looks like the dried abdomen of an adult one.

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Aug 21 2016 10:13:51
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    Thanks so much for the feedback! So, just to clarify, the second picture here looks like the abdomen of an adult bed bug?

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    bedbugsDC - 1 hour ago  » 
    Thanks so much for the feedback! So, just to clarify, the second picture here looks like the abdomen of an adult bed bug?

    Yes, that's what I wrote. Looks like an adult female bed bug abdomen. Was your phone/camera set on highest resolution and largest picture size?

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    Thanks for the further reply! I think it was on highest resolution and picture size.

    What I'm confused about is that my girlfriend hasn't had what appear to be any new bites in 2+ weeks, and we haven't found any live bed bugs despite scouring our apartment. Just this abdomen and today we found what could have been the rest of that bug's carcass. But we haven't seen any other signs of bed bugs.


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