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Strange insect

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Purplecatlover, May 4, 2017.


  1. Purplecatlover

    Purplecatlover PetForums VIP

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    me & my oh had been helping move a family member yesterday. Jasper had been in the spare room & when I came back I picked him up and a little bug fell on me. I'm not sure if it's a normal bug that you find (I know nothing about insects) but it's really worrying me that it's a flea/mite or tick. It's so hard to get a good picture because I only have my phone :(

    It was dead & I've checked him & cant find anything at all on him. It was quite big too.

    Could anyone hazard a guess at what it is?
     

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    Looks like a tick or bed bug?
     
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    Oh god. I'm so worried :(
     
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    It had a weird pattern on it I've never see anything like it before :(
     
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    Hi Faye. I tried to have a look. But I'm not sure what it is either. I can normally spot a flea a mile off. Is Jasper protected against fleas? (It's not a silly question I wasn't allowed to flea treat Yogi when he was ill. Not even frontline which tiny kittens of a couple weeks can have. ) a flea is flat and brownie black. And they crack when you crack them with your nails. It's a good sign it's dead whatever it is. I wouldn't worry too much Hun.

    Viv xx
     
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    Yeah, we treat him for fleas & he's been protected for mites too as they thought he had those. (He had scaley skin on the backs of his legs) that seems to have cleared up. we sprayed indorex a couple of weeks ago & hoovered for a week and I can't spot any flea dirt on him.

    It had a strange pattern (sort of like a lady bug really) I've never seen anything like it.

    It just makes my paranoia flare up as I am so anxious about things like that & it's embarrassing :(

    Thankyou viv xxx
     
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    Don't panic! ;)

    It's dead for starters and probably a one off and nothing to be embarrassed about :)
     
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    It's really difficult to tell from the picture, looks like a little beetle to me, but I really wouldn't worry about it :)
     
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    Thankyou everyone! I've hoovered the flat again anyway :D I'd drive myself mad lol. Atleast now I won't feel bad for having a nap seen as I've already hoovered ;)
     
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    Just a normal little insect hun, nothing to worry about. x
     
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    did it look like any of these:

    Fig_15_Brassica_Bug_Euryd.jpg black_and__yellow_beetle_quartering_towards.jpg 2_-Eliminate-Carpet-Beetle1.jpg
     
  12. Purplecatlover

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    Maybe the last?? What is it?? Xx
     
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    Carpet Beetles - also known as Wooley Bears (for the larvae)

    They actually mostly come in from outside as they often inhabit birds nests and they aren't a risk to humans or cats - they don't bite etc etc - but their larvae ingest natural fibres such as wool, fabric carpet, cat hair etc etc.

    If you've only seen one I REALLY wouldn't worry - especially as you're not sure if that's what you saw - it probably came in from outside. However, if you start noticing damage to fabric it can mean you need to look into it.
     
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    Thankyou for helping! It was dead too so! I imagine it's probably come from outside but I'm going to hoover everyday for a week again just to make sure :) xxx
     
  15. claire8234

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    Dont panic, it'll be harmless, probably a little beetle x

    I live with a 7year old bug/reptile/creepy crawly mad boy and would be worried if there WASN'T some creature of some sort occupying a corner of his bedroom :)
     
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    Carpet beetles are not very big, the woolly bear larvae are bigger and look like very very small woodlice. Google is your friend, have a little read and look at some photos. The larvae can cause skin irritation, not always but scabby cats and rashes on your skin are possible.
     
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