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Is this a bed bug? Please help!! [a: carpet beetle cast skin and unclear images]

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  1. robbyjyall

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Dec 23 2014 13:36:33
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    I just got home from college to find my bed infested with bugs, in the mattress cover and on the mattress. I vacuumed my whole room really well and then called the exterminator for bed bugs. He came the next day, sprayed the mattress, the bed frame, and all over the floor. Since then I've been vacuuming and cauking all the cracks in the drawers under my bed, the windows, and the wall/floor. I've found dead ones in the drawers under my bed, in my wood cd case holder on my table next to my bed, and a live one in my closet. At first I assumed bed bugs (which would be weird since no one is sleeping in my bed when I'm at school) but now I'm thinking it might be something else. I'll include three pictures, a bug I found before the exterminator came, a dead bug I found while cleaning after the exterminator came (or it could be a shell? not too sure), and a live bug I found in my closet after the exterminator came. The pictures aren't that great. I'm kind of thinking carpet beetles because the live one I found in my closet seemed "fury"... they might have infested my bed since I don't have any carpeting in my room, but honestly they're not looking like any bug that I've researched online! Please help

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Dec 23 2014 13:56:02
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    Hi,

    The first image is too fuzzy but is not the typical outline of a bedbug.

    The second image is a carpet beetle cast skin which could be the source of any skin reaction. Search the forum there is plenty written about them.

    The third image is too out of focus to ID from.

    I would say that the exterminator does not appeared to have done their job correctly in that they do not appear to have identified the target species before conducting the treatment. As such it appears you have grounds for a refund.

    Hope that helps.

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  3. robbyjyall

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Dec 23 2014 16:21:49
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    Thanks. I got a bed bug cover for my mattress, should I take it off? If it's carpet beetles that were on the mattress, the cover would just trap any remaining ones in (like eggs or something).

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    Tue Dec 23 2014 17:00:12
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    Hi,

    First step is to get clearer images and them when we know 100% what it is then it's treat as carpet beetles and we can pick up again.

    That way we don't make mistakes at the start.

    David


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