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post #1 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 06:37 PM
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Looks like a type of tick

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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It has a beetle-like body.. I squished some babies too.
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 06:40 PM
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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).

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post #5 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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I just compared it.. Not a tick. Checked most species.. Not a mite.. too big
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 07:06 PM
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count the legs, ticks, spiders, mites, , are 8 legs
insects are 6, almost looks like a louse.
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 07:06 PM
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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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Joe, you beat me to it!
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bed bug?
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 07:11 PM
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we have some thing similer in FL. Its about the size of a quater or bigger some times.
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