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  1. buggyblue

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    Wed Sep 3 2014 8:35:02
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    Is this a carpet beetle? I found it on my mattress. My PCO is treating for bed bugs tomorrow, since that is what she believes she found casings of on my mattress... still no signs of bed bugs, such as staining or actual live bugs. This is so frustrating.

    https://flic.kr/p/oLjq43

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Wed Sep 3 2014 9:24:13
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    Hi,

    Its a beetle larva and possible a carpet beetle.

    If you find the split / cast skins they have been known and proven to be the cause of skin reactions that are "bite like" in appearance.

    Have a look at the carpet beetle info and you will know what to do.

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Wed Sep 3 2014 11:09:57
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    Thanks!

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Wed Sep 3 2014 12:21:18
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    Thanks! Ok, I think this whole situation is starting to make more sense. We've been finding tiny holes in our clothes for a few months now. And we have just collected several more carpet beetle larva. I'm starting to doubt that we have ever had or presently have bed bugs AT ALL. I think we just have carpet beetles and book lice (in the office).

    Our PCO only specializes in bed bugs, and she still feels confident that the two casings she saw were bed bug casings, despite that we have not had any other evidence for bed bugs, such as fecal stains, or live bed bugs.

    She said that the treatment is slightly different for bed bugs than for carpet beetles, but both options would cost the same $500.

    I don't want to shell out $1000 for BOTH treatments. I'm a grad student and don't get paid THAT much.

    Should I cancel the bed bug treatment for now and instead order up a carpet beetle treatment? I'm still terrified at the possibility of having bed bugs. But, we ordered interceptors and passive detectors online a few days ago, so when they arrive in the mail we can install them all immediately.

    Any thoughts?

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Wed Sep 3 2014 12:25:44
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    Additional info: We have not had any bites, but the past few days we've been laundering everything, we've experienced a prickly/itchy sensation on our hands and arms. Possibly a reaction to the hairs?

    Also, last year we lost our home in a tornado, and graciously accepted some furniture, and clothing and an ancient, beautiful oriental rug from one of my undergrad professors. Source of the carpet beetles perhaps? (I can't be mad at the guy, it was a generous thing he did, I'll just be happy to learn it's NOT bed bugs!)

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    Wed Sep 3 2014 12:30:54
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    Hi,

    Please read the link below which outlines the solution to carpet beetles:

    http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/carpetbeetles.html

    In the meantime not wearing shoes and socks negates their attraction to you.

    Carpet beetles are as likley to fly in through the open window as they are to come in on things.

    The itch you feel may also be just a symptom of you thinking about bedbugs and insects, they are powerful "triggers" in their own rights.

    David

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Wed Sep 3 2014 12:31:34
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    The bedbug-only PCO said we couldn't do both treatments anyway, even if we wanted to. The carpet beetle treatment would be a general pest control treatment, and it would interfere with a bed beg-specific treatment.

    I'm leaning toward trying the general pest control treatment first, and just using the interceptors and monitors once they get here to watch closely.

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    Wed Sep 3 2014 12:49:46
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    Ok, thanks again! I read your resource and did some additional resources as well. I think that we're just going to finish laundering everything, vacuum the whole apartment top to bottom, and install our bed bug monitors and interceptors-- for now. We're cancelling our bed bug appointment, as I just don't see any clear justification for it at this time.

    I really appreciate your help!

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    Wed Sep 3 2014 12:52:20
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    Hi,

    There is no easy way to say this.

    Please, when you take the time to ask advice do yourself the massive favor of reading the reply completely and any links you are given.

    To have done so the first time I pointed it out would mean you would know that the solution to carpet beetles is deep cleaning. I care not what you "alleged" specialist has said because you have said more than enough to justify my use of speech marks in reference to them.

    If you want to spend money on someone doing something pointless in your home go for it. I have tried to show you its not needed.

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Wed Sep 3 2014 13:18:48
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    Thank you, David.

    I'm not sure what exactly you're referring to. Perhaps it's that my two posts, "Additional info..." and "The bedbug-only PCO..." were posted back-to-back BEFORE I ever refreshed the page and saw your comment with the link.

    I let you know that I read your resource that you linked to, as well as read the additional resources provided on this website-- just as you directed me to. Not only did I communicate that to you, I thanked you for it.

    I have posted in other places, but have not mentioned here, that I recently moved out of an apartment into a new one. The old landlord told me that I left bed bugs behind, and charged me $500 for it. So I had an inspector come to the new apartment, and she concurred with the old inspector that we had bed bugs. What was I to do? I promptly scheduled an appointment, trusting that a national company would be reputable and knowledgeable. I have learned that PCO's can and sometimes do make errors, like the rest of us.

    To conclude, there's no easy way to say this, but communicating with others in an online text format requires a little more thought and patience. It helps to be clear and direct (e.g. "I see evidence of beetle larvae, but your information does not provide any clear evidence of bed bugs. Perhaps you should reconsider the bed bug treatment for now?"). You cannot make assumptions about what the person you're communicating with has or has not done.

    I appreciate your advice-- it has helped me immensely-- but I do not appreciate that snark.

    Thanks, again.

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    Thu Sep 4 2014 7:46:16
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    Dear buggy,

    From the information and photos posted it does not seem as if you have bed bugs. The photo is a beetle larva and likely a carpet or furniture beetle.

    Did the bed bug PCO show you the shed skins that they believe are from bed bugs?

    If so, do you have them such that you can take a photo and post?

    Losing your home an possessions from a tornado is horrible and the last thing you need on top of that is some bed bug related bs.

    You can reduce your carpet beetle situation via thorough cleaning but that won't likely be sufficient to eliminate the problem 100% should you have an infestation where we'd find numerous larvae present in multiple locations.

    Overall, it seems you've made a wise decision to forego the costs of any application work at this time based upon the physical evidence present. And, it does not seem that you've been shown sufficient bed bug evidence to warrant treatment work at this time.

    Hope this helps and good luck ! pjb

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    Dear buggy,

    From the information and photos posted it does not seem as if you have bed bugs. The photo is a beetle larva and likely a carpet or furniture beetle.

    Did the bed bug PCO show you the shed skins that they believe are from bed bugs?

    If so, do you have them such that you can take a photo and post?

    Losing your home an possessions from a tornado is horrible and the last thing you need on top of that is some bed bug related bs.

    You can reduce your carpet beetle situation via thorough cleaning but that won't likely be sufficient to eliminate the problem 100% should you have an infestation where we'd find numerous larvae present in multiple locations.

    Overall, it seems you've made a wise decision to forego the costs of any application work at this time based upon the physical evidence present. And, it does not seem that you've been shown sufficient bed bug evidence to warrant treatment work at this time.

    Hope this helps and good luck ! pjb


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