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Is this a bed bug? [a: dermestid beetle]

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  1. Snurresprattb

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    Hi!

    I was renting an apartment in Kiev. After one week I say an insect crawling on the wall in the kitchen. Then I started looking around, and found another one, dead by the window, and a third one crawling on the window. The seemed to have a line in the middle of their body, as to indicate that they had wings. Though, when I moved a piece of paper close to one of them, it did not fly or anything. I also found black marks on an outlet. Since the bed was dark green, more of a sofa than a bed, I had difficulties identifying anything on the bed. I got red marks after sleeping in the bed, but I saw a mosquito so that might be mosquito bites. So: do you think this might have been a bed bug? Very grateful for help!!!

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Apr 15 2015 6:54:45
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    Hi,

    Can you post a link to high resolution images at a photo hosting site like Flickr. This might be helpful:

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/test-13

    (One very good example of linked photos can be found in a current thread titled
    "Reading Bed Bug Blue results: experts please help!!! "

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/is-this-a-bed-bug-143#post-221855

    Richard

  3. Snurresprattb

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    Wed Apr 15 2015 7:15:34
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    Okay, now it should work!

    IMG_20150413_184419 by jonruson, on Flickr

    IMG_20150413_182936 by jonruson, on Flickr

    IMG_20150413_190052 by jonruson, on Flickr

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    Wed Apr 15 2015 7:19:19
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    Much better. An expert should come by later for an ID.

    Richard

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    Wed Apr 15 2015 7:30:50
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    Hi,

    Its clearly a beetle and not a bedbug.

    The body shape is different from bedbugs, I have embedded an image below so you can compare and contrast:

    Slide12 by bedbugscouk, on Flickr

    Hope that helps.

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    Wed Apr 15 2015 10:26:01
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    Looks like it could be a dermestid beetle, something like a black carpet beetle.

    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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    Wed Apr 15 2015 10:47:29
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    loubugs -  » 
    Looks like it could be a dermestid beetle, something like a black carpet beetle.

    Mr. Sorkin, sir, it appears the OP posted two different pests (at least that's what it looks like to me) . . . are they both potentially a black carpet beetle?

    BUG 1 - BUG 2 by picture account2012, on Flickr

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    Hi!

    Thank you so much for answering! I am relieved to hear that they are not bed bugs. This is a certainty, as I take it?

    If they are dermestid beetles - does this make them as big a risk to carry with me from the apartment as would bed bugs? I mean, do I have to take the same precautions as I would in the case of bed bugs?

    Sorry for not being clear enough. Yes, these are two different bugs. One of them alive, the other found dead close to the window. From what I could tell, they seemed to be of the same kind however. Though I am not sure.

    Thanks again for answering and taking time!!!:)

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    Mr. Sorkin, sir, it appears the OP posted two different pests (at least that's what it looks like to me) . . . are they both potentially a black carpet beetle?
    Yes, I know. Male dermestids often have distal segments of their antennae elongated like the image on right; one on left has shortened segments. Not sure of species, but I thought something like the black carpet beetle.


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