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AndersonEquestrian 10-04-2012 06:33 PM

What kind of bug is this?
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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..

lilruffian 10-04-2012 06:37 PM

Looks like a type of tick

AndersonEquestrian 10-04-2012 06:38 PM

It has a beetle-like body.. I squished some babies too.

EvilHorseOfDoom 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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AndersonEquestrian 10-04-2012 06:42 PM

I just compared it.. Not a tick. Checked most species.. Not a mite.. too big

Joe4d 10-04-2012 07:06 PM

count the legs, ticks, spiders, mites, , are 8 legs
insects are 6, almost looks like a louse.

EvilHorseOfDoom 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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EvilHorseOfDoom 10-04-2012 07:07 PM

Joe, you beat me to it!
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poppy1356 10-04-2012 07:07 PM

bed bug?

myhorsesonador 10-04-2012 07:11 PM

we have some thing similer in FL. Its about the size of a quater or bigger some times.

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