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    10-04-2012, 06:33 PM
What kind of bug is this?

I am finding it in my horse blankets and tack room.

I am in Northern Nevada about 20mins from Reno. Not sure what this is.. Not a tick.. I don't think..
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    10-04-2012, 06:37 PM
Green Broke
Looks like a type of tick
    10-04-2012, 06:38 PM
It has a beetle-like body.. I squished some babies too.
    10-04-2012, 06:40 PM
Looks like a tick or a mite to me - might just be one of those harmless paper mites but I'd give the tackroom a good dust, vacuum, and spray, and wash the rugs just to be sure (you could add some insecticide to the first wash then wash again to rinse). Pyrethrin-based insecticide would be best, it's harmless to horses and humans (toxic to fish and invertebrates only).

ETA: The Evil Horse of Doom can't spell "rinse" today...
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    10-04-2012, 06:42 PM
I just compared it.. Not a tick. Checked most species.. Not a mite.. too big
    10-04-2012, 07:06 PM
Green Broke
Count the legs, ticks, spiders, mites, , are 8 legs
Insects are 6, almost looks like a louse.
    10-04-2012, 07:06 PM
Just had a closer look at the photo - you're right, it's not a tick because ticks are arachnids and this thing has only 6 legs. I'd be betting some kind of louse then. Too big to be the sort that lives in your hair but there are heaps of species and I'm pretty sure they're all parasites.
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    10-04-2012, 07:07 PM
Joe, you beat me to it!
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    10-04-2012, 07:07 PM
Green Broke
Bed bug?
    10-04-2012, 07:11 PM
Green Broke
We have some thing similer in FL. Its about the size of a quater or bigger some times.

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