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Kegerreism has attached these 2 pictures to aid in identification. The message is below.
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KegerreismApril 17th, 2012, 11:34 am
Greenville, NC

Posts: 1
Could use some identifying this. I live in a somewhat wooded area in eastern North Carolina. The coloration and ridge patterns are different than the bedbug pics I'm finding but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
CrenoApril 17th, 2012, 12:51 pm
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 298
not a bed bug - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug
you have a beetle
Jmw975October 31st, 2012, 10:59 pm
Guelph, Ontario

Posts: 20
Looks like a Carpet Beetle (Dermestidae) of some sort to me, but I'm certainly no expert when it come to terrestrial insects!

Jeff
EntomanNovember 1st, 2012, 7:50 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
I agree, Jeff. Looks like a carpet beetle to me too. These little devils are fly tying material Enemy #1 in my neck of the woods...

Tier alert!

1. Keep your feathers and hair in thick poly bags (freezer grade or better)!. They chew right through the thin stuff.

2. They don't like mothballs but cedar doesn't seem to bother them in the least.

3. Their larvae and the damage they do look very similar to moths (that get most of the blame). Since they don't fly around like moths they are usually much harder to detect. Bottom line - if you find one of these tiny devils on a drape or wall, you probably have issues if there's a bunch of wool clothing stuffed in a closet or fly tying materials improperly stored.

4. Those that take portable tying kits with them on the road, keep them off the floor and don't leave organics laying out in your room. You don't want these hitchhikers... :(
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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