Dermestid beetle larvae

Dermestid beetle larvae

6062  Hello! We live in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My wife recently woke up with about 12 bug bites, solid red, itchy splotches that are swollen. Bites appear in two groups of three on her right arm near the elbow and near the armpit. Single bites appear on the inner thigh, knee, and hip of her left leg. They are very itchy. (She reacts very strongly to bug bites, such as mosquitoes.) We immediately thought of bed bugs. However, when we stripped the sheets we found this creature crawling on the mattress. We would appreciate it if you could identify it and say if it might be responsible for the bites. We will continue our hunt for bed bugs in the mean time. Thanks!!

This is a Dermestid beetle larvae.  Dermestid larvae feed in dark, quiet areas on a number of stored food items as well as animal products (wool, silk, leather, fur, hairbrushes with natural bristles, and feathers) that are of value to people.  This was not the cause of your bites.   Your description of the bites sounds like you could have a bed bug problem.  You may be wise to have a professional do an inspection for bed bugs.  They can be difficult to find.
Directory of Canadian pest professionals:  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/directory-of-professionals .