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ID please? Bug found on mattress after black smudges

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  1. helphelphoop

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    Hi, I am very nervous and need ID for the bug goings-on in my bed/bedroom. This includes black smudging on sheets, two live bugs, a dead one (surrounded by potential fecal matter?).

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    I would really appreciate some help! yikes yikes

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    Fri Aug 31 2018 19:10:32
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    Hi, KillerQueen. Thank you very much for answering.

    I've been searching high and low. Do you have any ideas about the black debris on my sheets that smudges when I touch it? It has appeared several times, seemingly unprompted (I don't wear makeup or anything).

    Thanks again, friend. Would love any other input, for my edification and for my sanity

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    Can’t say what the black stuff is but it’s not bed bug feces.

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    By the way, I did find this in the drapes by the bed, too. Is it a carpet beetle?

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    KillerQueen - 1 minute ago  » 
    Can’t say what the black stuff is but it’s not bed bug feces.

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    The small, black beetle looks like one of the latridiid or minute brown scavenger beetles. These are typically around moist areas. The shed skin in the second picture looks like it belongs to black carpet beetle larva.

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    loubugs - 1 hour ago  » 
    The small, black beetle looks like one of the latridiid or minute brown scavenger beetles. These are typically around moist areas. The shed skin in the second picture looks like it belongs to black carpet beetle larva.

    Thanks, loubugs! Interesting. Any thoughts on this tiny one on the windowsill?

    I also wondered if anyone could explain what differentiates the black, smearable debris on my sheets from fecal matter (if not fecal matter, then maybe there's a mold-related explanation...).

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    helphelphoop - 6 hours ago  » 

    loubugs - 1 hour ago  » 
    The small, black beetle looks like one of the latridiid or minute brown scavenger beetles. These are typically around moist areas. The shed skin in the second picture looks like it belongs to black carpet beetle larva.

    Thanks, loubugs! Interesting. Any thoughts on this tiny one on the windowsill?
    I also wondered if anyone could explain what differentiates the black, smearable debris on my sheets from fecal matter (if not fecal matter, then maybe there's a mold-related explanation...).
    You guys rock.

    Too bad you are far away from the subject when taking its picture.
    A springtail, collembolan= 6-legged (hexapod) animal related to insects. I think your specimen belongs to the order Entomobryomorpha.


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