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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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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Queens, NY
August 16, 2014 6:34 am
I have found 3 similar bugs within a week. The first two were crawling on my bathroom floor and the third was on the couch. They crawl pretty fast and from what I can tell they have 6 legs. When killed, they make a popping sound (there is no blood inside). Color is reddish black.
I live in NY and these were found this month (August).
Signature: Alex

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Dear Alex,
Spider Beetles like the one in your image frequently infest stored foods, including large, bargain bags of pet food.  Check items in your pantry to locate the source of the infestation.

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Subject: Can you identify this bug?
Location: Washington DC
August 3, 2014 4:53 pm
Hi, we live in washington DC and have found this bug in our home. It’s mostly near the baseboards and on the carpet but we’ve also found them in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and two on our bed. They are pretty small close to the size of a pin. We haven’t received any bites.
Signature: Rebecca

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Hi Rebecca,
Spider Beetles in the subfamily Ptininae infest stored foods.
  See BugGuide for additional information.

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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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