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Carpet Beetle or Bed Bug?


#1

Yesterday, I noticed a group of small red welts on my the side of my neck, and a little on the back of my head. Doing some quick research, I saw this could be caused by bed bugs. I tore through my bedding and mattress, and even my closet and curtains, and didn’t find much. No blood stains, no oval shells and no odor.

I did, however, find these shells on some clothing and underneath my bed. I have noticed some of the clothes in my closet do have some small holes that I never noticed before. While it’d be annoying to have carpet beetles, I’d rather deal with this than bed bugs.




#2

Hello, and welcome to our forum. None of the bug signs you found appear to be from bed bugs. Further, the skin marks could be from spiders, mites, ticks, or a number of other sources. I’m not confident that they would be from bed bugs.


#3

Thanks, Josh! Well, that’s a relief, for the most part. I suppose steam cleaning the mattress and carpets would still eliminate potential other pests? I am sad to admit that I haven’t dusted for a while, or cleaned off my mattress, so dust mites seem pretty realistic.

I definitely know something has bitten me before for the past months, as I’ve found random bites. This is the first time I found a cluster.