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ID please [a: not bed bug; Anthrenus likely]

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  1. fml_ihavebedbugs

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    So I've survived bed bugs once before. And just moved to a new city. Been living in this new apartment for 3 months now with no problems, until recently where I started getting bites and rashes on my body every 4 days. The welts and bites match with what I used to experience with bed bugs a few years ago. I checked my mattress, bed lining, etc and haven't found any bugs or fecal/blood stains. However, I just discovered this cast skin near my bed. Can someone help me ID it?

    I'm thinking maybe carpet beetle but not 100% sure.
    If it is carpet beetle, is it a much easier and simpler problem to deal with?

    Thanks everyone!

    Here are the photos showing both sides of the skin to ID:

    http://postimg.org/image/ognslvg0h/

    http://postimg.org/image/qhccfg2u1/

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Fri May 1 2015 3:58:39
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    I'm no expert, but whatever it is, it doesn't look like a bed bug... Yay not a bed bug. Please wait for expert to confirm~

    Let's get down the business... to defeat... the bugs. HWAH!
  3. bed-bugscouk

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    Fri May 1 2015 5:13:03
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    Hi,

    Confirming 100% not bedbug and neither is it carpet beetles.

    It appears long dead and desiccated so unless you are finding live ones its unlikley to be the cause of the issue.

    Hope that helps.

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    Fri May 1 2015 12:09:03
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    A guess. Not quite 100%, but could be a cockroach or silverfish. A closer view, in focus, would be great. If it doesn't work on autofocus, then try manual focus. You might have to use lined paper - it's possible that the camera is focusing on the coin rather than the insect.

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    Here are a few more photos.
    Some exterminators believe it might be a female pregnant one. So now I'm really worried.

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    Some exterminators believe it might be a female pregnant one.
    I wouldn't hire them, they are obviously incompetent. Pictures are better, but are still dark and difficult to zoom in and still be crisp. It could be a dried carpet beetle larva, something like a rubbed species of Anthrenus. So at this point, not a bed bug. Creature is very dried and has debris stuck on the rear. I think it's narrowed to dried, denuded carpet beetle larva or dried silverfish with caudal filaments broken/missing. Anthrenus so far is winning out. A look at the actual specimen would easily clear this up.

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    Thank you so much loubugs and David Cain!
    I'm thinking it might be carpet beetle larvae. The only thing is that I don't see hairs on the specimen. If it is carpet beetle, then that might explain the rashes as allergic skin reactions and not actual bites. This sounds promising!


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