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what kind of bug
what kind of bug  
Hello,

My wife found this guy on our pillow. Looks a lot like a bed bug but wasn't sure.  We live in Orange County, CA.  Please tell me it isn't!  LOL

Thanks,

Ryan Velasquez

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Ryan,

I think you can relax. The image is blurry but it looks like a carpet beetle rather than a bed bug. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for a picture of a bed bug and http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for a picture of one of the carpet beetle species.

Jack DeAngelis

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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