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Old or new infestation? Skin casings [a: carpet beetles]

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  1. ricarda

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Thu Apr 9 2015 10:42:12
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    I live in a large studio in an apartment building and back in December discovered bedbugs. The management company handled the treatment and as a result to my dismay (I wanted heat treatment) had two chemical treatments in early and late December. By ignorance, incompetence, or stubbornness the management company did not inspect or treat any of the other units in my building. In mid-February I spotted and captured a bedbug on the ceiling, so the pest company returned with a detecting dog late February. The dog found no viable bedbugs, and since I am not the source of the infestation and it is an apartment building I decided to move out knowing that this would be a persistent issue. Leading me to today, when I am packing up for my move the day after tomorrow, and I find 9 molted skin casings on the dust bag of a purse in a chest. Is there any way at all of knowing whether this is new or old? Other than the sighting in mid February, I have had no evidence of bedbugs. I am already mid move and am concerned about transporting bbs with me. Help

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    Thu Apr 9 2015 11:17:42
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    Hi,

    Can you please post a picture of the casings as that would be a more common place to find carpet beetle larva than bedbugs as it's always best to be 100% sure of what you are dealing with.

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  3. ricarda

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    Thu Apr 9 2015 21:01:22
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    Thank you so much for your response! Here are some pictures.
    https://flic.kr/s/aHska4TPVJ

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    Hi,

    As suspected this is carpet beetles not bedbugs.

    Please see:

    http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/carpetbeetles.html and the linked PDF

    I just got off the phone with a similar case about 200 miles away where the person thought it was bedbugs and it turned out to the CB's which is a much simpler issue to deal with.

    Hope that helps.

    David


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