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Subject: Bugs in bedding and carpet
Location: Lexington KY
July 27, 2014 9:52 am
Hello, I live in Kentucky and have recently noticed these bugs throughout my house mainly in my bedding and carpet. Can you help identify? We live in a newer home, about 6 years old and have hardwood throughout except for bedrooms and several area rugs. Are these bed bugs?
Signature: Emily

Black Carpet Beetle, perhaps

Black Carpet Beetle, perhaps

Dear Emily,
These are beetles, NOT Bed Bugs.  There is not enough detail to give a conclusive identification, but they may be Black Carpet Beetles,
Attagenus brunneus, which you may view on BugGuide.

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Subject: What Bug is this?
Location: In house
June 26, 2014 10:42 pm
I hope you can tell, it was very tiny. I tried to get a close-up with clear quality.
Signature: DeAndre

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

Hi DeAndre,
This is a Carpet Beetle, a common household pest.  The location field in our submission form should be used to provide city, state and country location which helps us narrow down our identification possibilities.

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Subject: What’s That Bug?
Location: Turkiye/Ankara
May 4, 2014 6:17 am
i am tired of this.an she is eating our clothes which is cashmire, wool etc. how can i get rid of it and its colony?
Signature: esin kuzenk

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Esin,
This appears to be a Carpet Beetle Larva from the family Dermestidae, a family with many species that are infamous for infesting stored foods and feeding on many other organic materials including wood and museum specimens.  We do not specialize in extermination advice.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Rhode Island, us
May 4, 2014 7:14 am
Can you please help me out I found this bug in my kitchen drawer and I don’t know what kind of bug it is… Thanks!
Signature: Jeff

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Hi Jeff,
This is a Larder Beetle, a common, cosmopolitan pest that infests stored foods.

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Subject: Small beetle, windowsill & baseboards
Location: Vancouver Island, BC – southern tip.
April 13, 2014 11:12 am
Hi,
I have been finding these little beetles on my windowsill in my atrium (18′ ceilings) and along the baseboards in that atrium. There is no carpet – it’ s laminate flooring. The house is only 7 years old. The atrium is our ‘dining room’ which is only used for dinner in the evenings and kept clean.
Can you please advise what the bug is – I’m assuming it’s some sort of beetle.
Signature: Thanks, Tammy

Varied Carpet Beetles

Varied Carpet Beetles

Hi Tammy,
You have Varied Carpet Beetles,
Anthrenus verbasci , currently our most common identification request with an average of five requests arriving daily.  Varied Carpet Beetles are members of the family Dermestidae, a group that contains many members that are cosmopolitan and that infest homes.  The adults, which you are finding, feed on pollen, and they are likely congregating on the window sills in an attempt to gain access to the outdoors.  The larvae are the pests that infest homes.  According to BugGuide, they are “primarily a household pest on plant (dried fruits/nuts) and animal materials; regularly encountered in dried-milk factories, occasionally in flour mills and warehouses” and they eat a “wide variety of materials of animal origin (wool, fur, skins…)(1); stored food materials and products (biscuits, cakes, seeds, wheat, maize, oats, rice, cayenne pepper, cacao, and dried cheese)”.  They are reviled in museums and BugGuide also notes they are: “arguably, world’s most important pest of insect collections.”  The best way to eliminate them from the home, in fact the only way to eliminate them from the home, is to identify the source of the infestation, the place where the larvae are feeding, and discard any food or other item that might be feeding the larvae. 

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Subject: Varied Carpet Beetle?
Location: Eugene, Oregon
April 10, 2014 1:15 am
I thought because I’ve found five or so on the bed it was bed bugs, but the pattern and the fact that they have wings hidden (like a lady bugs) indicates its not. I’ve have some possible “bites” on my stomach (which is covered when I sleep) and no where else. Went from panic to relieved, and hope this is the right reaction to have. They can eat my clothes, I don’t care as much if its if its not me…
Thanks!
Signature: V

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear V,
You are correct that this is a Varied Carpet Beetle, and this year we have been receiving considerably more identification requests for them and in any other year, that we can remember.  It seems there are about five reemails per day with images of Varied Carpet Beetles.  Adult beetles feed on pollen, and the larva do the damage in the home.  The larvae will eat organic items, and we don’t believe your clothes will be significantly damaged unless you favor furs and clothes with feathers.  Your food items in the pantry are at a much greater risk of being eaten than your clothing is.

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