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Is this a bed bug casing? (High res photos)

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  1. tegar

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    I've been getting mysterious teeny tiny puncture dots on my arms, including 3 in a straight line, within the last month. No itching or swelling or welts. But I've been suspicious and haven't found any bugs--but I checked underneath my box spring and found a few clusters of 2-3 bug casings. I only got a good quality pic of one - the rest were so fragile they blew away or crumbled when I tried to pull them off or move them for better lighting.

    So far my roommate hasn't noticed any unusual bites but she is always getting bitten so she hasn't been keeping an eye on new ones.

    I may have squished this casing slightly to get it into good lighting...

    Here's a link if these don't work: https://imgur.com/a/1J2eRcS




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    Cast skin of the larval carpe5 beetle, a common mix up.

    Killer of bed bugs for Homeless Empowerment Program
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    BigDummy - 48 minutes ago  » 
    Cast skin of the larval carpe5 beetle, a common mix up.

    Thanks so much for your response. My PCO saw the same pics and said it was DEFINITELY bed bugs. Any advice for how to proceed? He's coming by on Tuesday. Should I buy a trap?

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    Get a different PCO if he or she thinks that that's a bed bug. Keep monitoring for bed bugs just in case. I think everyone should always monitor regardless of signs.

    Current fighter of bed bugs, survivor of one previous bout of bed bugs, and ironically enough I'm the IPM manager where I work.
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    mannrw61 - 3 minutes ago  » 
    Get a different PCO if he or she thinks that that's a bed bug. Keep monitoring for bed bugs just in case. I think everyone should always monitor regardless of signs.

    Thanks. But do you think finding these casings in the box spring is normal or anything to worry about? Why would they be there?

    I think I'll ditch this company and have another PCO come out just for an inspection. Obviously just worried that I will wait too long and have an even bigger problem.

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    I have personally seen carpet beetles in bedding and under a mattress before. I dont know if it's necessarily normal, but it's not unheard of.

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    mannrw61 - 1 hour ago  » 
    I have personally seen carpet beetles in bedding and under a mattress before. I dont know if it's necessarily normal, but it's not unheard of.

    I did more inspecting and found a carpet beetle in the box spring plus a few more larvae shells. Phew! I'm still going to keep an eye out for bed bugs but I hope this is the worst of the problem.

    I'm really grateful for your help. I would have paid $850 for a treatment had I not posted here first, and I was so convinced they were bed bugs! 😑

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    My mother also got a few tiny red bump on her leg recently, three or four in a line. Our PCO said we don’t have bed bug but a few carpet beetle larvae which may cause my mother’s skin reaction. I was still very anxious because bed bug could exist without sign at first few months. Today, I contacted my mother-in-law who stayed at my apt. last summer and she said she also got those three in a line bites last summer at my apt. I got a little relieved because if we have bed bug since last summer, there should be obvious sign of infestation and many bugs. So I can begin to rule out bed bug possibility. It’s possible the beetle larvae brought the skin reactions. I put mattress directly on floor when my mother got bites. After I threw the mattress and bought a new steel frame bed for my mother, she haven’t got skin reactions since then. But I will keep vigilant for bed bugs in the future.

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    KISADIDA - 11 hours ago  » 
    My mother also got a few tiny red bump on her leg recently, three or four in a line. Our PCO said we don’t have bed bug but a few carpet beetle larvae which may cause my mother’s skin reaction. I was still very anxious because bed bug could exist without sign at first few months. Today, I contacted my mother-in-law who stayed at my apt. last summer and she said she also got those three in a line bites last summer at my apt. I got a little relieved because if we have bed bug since last summer, there should be obvious sign of infestation and many bugs. So I can begin to rule out bed bug possibility. It’s possible the beetle larvae brought the skin reactions. I put mattress directly on floor when my mother got bites. After I threw the mattress and bought a new steel frame bed for my mother, she haven’t got skin reactions since then. But I will keep vigilant for bed bugs in the future.

    I'm so happy that you don't appear to have bed bugs! What a nightmare. The stress is unreal.

    When you got a PCO to inspect, did you find one that focused on BBs? Or just a general PCO?

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    tegar - 4 hours ago  » 

    KISADIDA - 11 hours ago  » 
    My mother also got a few tiny red bump on her leg recently, three or four in a line. Our PCO said we don’t have bed bug but a few carpet beetle larvae which may cause my mother’s skin reaction. I was still very anxious because bed bug could exist without sign at first few months. Today, I contacted my mother-in-law who stayed at my apt. last summer and she said she also got those three in a line bites last summer at my apt. I got a little relieved because if we have bed bug since last summer, there should be obvious sign of infestation and many bugs. So I can begin to rule out bed bug possibility. It’s possible the beetle larvae brought the skin reactions. I put mattress directly on floor when my mother got bites. After I threw the mattress and bought a new steel frame bed for my mother, she haven’t got skin reactions since then. But I will keep vigilant for bed bugs in the future.

    I'm so happy that you don't appear to have bed bugs! What a nightmare. The stress is unreal.
    When you got a PCO to inspect, did you find one that focused on BBs? Or just a general PCO?

    I asked a PCO specialized in bed bug for inspection. But eye inspection is not 100% accurate. Some ppl found live BB a few months after inspection. If you are still getting bites, you could try packtite monitor and bed clime up as tool of observation. And look for fecals, stains, live bugs every week to see whether you can find sign of bed bug. There are detailed instruction in FAQ section.


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