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Subject: strange location
Location: Toronto, Ontario
December 9, 2014 11:04 am
Hello!
I’m hoping you can help me identify these two critters. I live on the 28th floor of a condo building in Toronto. I seem to find these bugs all year round. The first I often find near my patio door (both dead and alive…this one was alive until I caught it for the photo op). It crunched when I squished it. Its about the size of a sesame seed.
The second one I found in the bottom of a laundry basket full of dirty laundry, though I feel like I’ve seen them elsewhere before. It was more wriggly and is about the size of a grain of rice.
I should also mention I’ve found little beetles in my cupboard, which I assumed were something like a grain beetle (though a couple were munching on some rogue chocolate the other day). I wasn’t as concerned about them since their location made sense.
Signature: Thanks! Meg

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Meg,
The “wriggly” larva is that of a Carpet Beetle, and since you have reported adult beetles as well, we are presuming that they are the same species.  The adult looks like it might be
Attagenus rufipennis based on this image on BugGuide.  Carpet Beetles are cosmopolitan household pests.  The larvae feed on a variety of organic items found in the home, including stored foods and organic fibers, even wool, fur and feathers.  Adults feed on pollen, so finding them near windows makes perfect sense, as does finding them dead.  Since they can’t get outside to feed, they die seeking the light. 

Carpet Beetle may be Attagenus rufipennis

Carpet Beetle may be Attagenus rufipennis

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Idaho
December 8, 2014 1:40 pm
I was wondering what this bug is. It’s got a hard body it’s mostly black with a tan belt within the belt each side has 3 black spots. I think I might have seen it fly but I’m not sure on that one. I have found 3 landing on my bed and one in my sponge in the kitchen. I have a 5 month old and am wondering if I need to worry or if it’s just a nuisance bug. I live in Idaho if that helps any.
Signature: Andi M

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Andi,
This is a Larder Beetle, a common household pest that infests stored foods.  It is not considered dangerous.

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Subject: Identify Bug
Location: Canada, Ontario
November 23, 2014 7:18 pm
Hello, I hope to hear back from you as i am a little panicked to exactly what this is. I woke up with some type of bite on my arm and then found this little sucker on my wall and want to know what it is, if its harmful, what happens if it bites stuff like that but i can find that out on my own i just really need to know what this bug is!! Thank you for reading this and i hope to hear from you soon :)
Signature: Robyn

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Robyn,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva, a common household pest.  To the best of our knowledge, they do not bite, however we have received comments from people connecting Carpet Beetle Larvae to contact dermatitis and to asthma, but those claims have not substantiated by any medical data to our knowledge.

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Subject: bug in rug
Location: North Florida
November 8, 2014 7:33 pm
My son is at college and was just cleaning out his room for last minute guests when I found several unexpected guests of a different kind. Initially found them on a towel wrapped around framed artwork his grandfather gave him approximately 3 months ago. My son has visited for a day or 3 but has been away at school for longer. We live in North Florida. The towel came from South Florida. I found the bugs on the towel and on the rug within approximately 3-4′.
Signature: Horrible hostess

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Dear Horrible hostess,
These are Carpet Beetle Larvae, common, cosmopolitan household pests that feed on a wide variety of organic substances in the home, including wool rugs.

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Subject: Bug in babies belly button
Location: Philadelphia, PA
November 3, 2014 8:25 am
Dear Mr. Bugman,
I was changing my 13month old sons diaper today when I noticed something in his belly button. When I got a Q-Tip to clean it out I saw that it was some sort of bug. As you could imagine I was freaked out and have been trying to research what types of bug it is so I know what I need to do to get rid of these bug so he does not get bites ect…. I saw online pictures of carpet beetle but they looked hairy so I am lost. Any tips would be great since I am just so freaked out.
Thanks in advance to your attention to this matter!
Signature: Concerned Mom -Megan B (Ed. Note:  name withheld out of discretion)

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Megan,
We have edited your surname out of discretion and to prevent any future trauma this posting might have caused to you or your son had you been easily identified.  This looks like the larva of a Carpet Beetle, a harmless household pest that feeds on organic substances in the home, including pet hair, though we have never heard of navel lint being a source of food.

 

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Subject: bugs ate holes in sheets
Location: southern California
September 2, 2014 9:43 pm
We left home for two months and when we returned, these bugs were in a bed that had dozens of holes in the sheet; presumably eaten by these bugs. the bugs were under the sheets, on the mattress cover. Are these bed bugs? No sign of them since we washed bedding and destroyed sheets.
Signature: stever65

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Hi Steve65,
These are Carpet Beetle Larvae, common household pests that will feed on a wide array of organic items in the home.  What was the composition of the sheets?

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

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