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Is this bed bugs?? Please help! [a: larval dermestid beetle shed skins]

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  1. paranoidandcantsleep

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Tue Jul 19 2016 21:58:05
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    I woke up at 5:50am with a burning itch on my foot, and found three bites on it. They looked like mosquito bites, but I don't think they are because we don't really have too many mosquitoes here and keep all of our doors and windows closed. When I woke up, my foot was sticking out of my blankets so it was exposed. I don't know if they're spider bites or bed bug bites.

    I just inspected by mattress and box spring, and found two shell casings of something, some other foreign objects that may or may not be related, and what looks like a dropping stain. Are these bed bugs, carpet beetles, or other?

    Potential droppings:
    http://imgur.com/a/4GDXG

    Shell casings on the left and foreign objects on the right:
    http://imgur.com/a/dV2AN

    Thank you!

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Tue Jul 19 2016 22:24:36
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    The suspected "shell casings" look like dermestid/carpet beetle larva. Wait for an expert to confirm. But they're definitely not bed bugs.

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    Tue Jul 19 2016 22:29:03
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    Nobugsonme - 3 minutes ago  » 
    The suspected "shell casings" look like dermestid/carpet beetle larva. Wait for an expert to confirm. But they're definitely not bed bugs.

    I agree. The shed skins are larval dermestid beetle shed skins.

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    Posted 2 years ago
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    Thank you!


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