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  1. Sleepless in NYC

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Sep 30 2010 17:18:54
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    what casing is this? and also above it, i'm not sure if it's just a piece of cat food that my cat left on the floor or if it's a bug. thanks again for your input.

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Sep 30 2010 17:23:32
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    A cast skin of a Carpet Beetle's larva

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Sep 30 2010 17:24:08
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    That's what I was going to guess too - carpet beetle larvae or larvae skin..........

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Sep 30 2010 17:31:03
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    That's what i thought too cuz i had found one a month ago inside my platform bed. i haven't seen any live ones though. do they h ide too? or do u think my cats are eating them? are they visible to the eye when they first hatch?

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    EffeCi and 123bugs,
    Thanks for your quick responses!! always appreciated!!!!

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    A CB larvae in need of Rogaine? Seems awfully hairless for a CB larvae and too intact to be a CB skin.

    100% not a BB though.

    Jim

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Sep 30 2010 20:47:31
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    Carpet beetle larva exuviae (shed skin). Certain species feed on pet foods, esp. dry foods. Quite small, a fww mm, at hatching.

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Sep 30 2010 21:26:19
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    Anthrenus Curly I guess.

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Sep 30 2010 23:18:40
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    spiderjm- loved your response. rogaine!!! ha ha

    loubugs-thanks, and that makes sense cuz my cats are always getting their food everywhere. don't know how they do it, but sometimes i'll even find nibbles in the bedroom from them. sigh....
    do they bite? cuz kitties seem to be a bit itchy lately. (not to mention my bites of late) i treated them all with frontline in case of fleas cuz my friend came over twice with his dog that he forgot to give her frontline for two months and it was hot!!!!

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    I'm breeding a big amount (thousands) of Dermestid Beetles (Trogoderma inclusum) and I feed them exclusively with pond sticks (food for Koi carps). They simply love it....

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Fri Oct 1 2010 11:11:44
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    glad, my husband's fish tank is empty now. let me go throw away the fish food too. lol.

    side story- just before he went to Calif is when i started to freak out about the possibility of bbs. i guess it was about six days later my friend was over and i came upstairs from the laundry room and didn't see my friend so i called out, "where are you?". He says, "i'm adding water to your fish tank".

    omg, in my tizzy over the bbs, i had forgotten to feed the fish. they all died. i felt so awful thinking about how hungry they must have been. i called my husband crying and apologizing. (cuz they're his fish) He was so sweet, he didn't get upset at all and told me that we would buy new fish that i liked. But at the end of the conversation he said, "you did remember to feed the cats though, right?"

    anyway, i told him not to buy any fish until we confirm whether we have bbs or not.


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