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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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Subject: Bug ID
Location: Bedroom floor under the bed
March 27, 2014 11:50 am
Sorry I used wrong form. I found this bug in my bedroom. I have a live one in a box. He is about 1/4 inch long with little hairs on his back. 3 legs each side, to the front of his body. very dark and pale cream stripes. Lots of dicarded shell casings but he does not look like a bedbug. his body is quite rounded. Moves quite slowly in a concertina like movement.
I am being bitten and was looking for bedbugs. I have cleaned and smoked the room. Would be gratefull for your advise as I cannot find this little darling anywhere on the internet.
I should mention that we have just replaced our roof andall the stuff out of the loft came downstairs and we have been overseas in the last 6 months
Signature: Ann

Carpet Beetle Larva Sketch

Carpet Beetle Larva Sketch

Dear Ann,
Your sketch of this Carpet Beetle Larva is much better than your photograph.  Carpet Beetles are common household pests, but we do not believe it is responsible for the bites you are getting.

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Daniel,
Many thanks for your help. Have fumed and cleaned the room and will keep a vigilant watch for more offspring. Seen the doc and he says they are definately bites. I think they are scabies but he is not convinced as they are not between my fingers and are generally in groups of three. No other family member is affected. They are quite nasty and it has taken antibiotics in addition to lyclear cream to calm them down. Still the mystery remains. I will try to make a donation to your organisation via paypal  Many Thanks Ann

Thank you for your generosity.

 

 

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Subject: What is this Beatle?
Location: Ashburn, V A 20147
March 22, 2014 10:31 am
I found this infestation in my storage room where the washer and dryer, storage of dog food, cleaning chemicals are. They don’t seem to be interested in the dog food. But have recently climbed to the window. What do I do?
The picture of the floor is the outside corner of the washer.
Signature: Candi

Varied Carpet Beetle Infestation

Varied Carpet Beetle Infestation

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Daniel,
Whew….what a relief!  I didn’t think it was the dreaded bed bug but wanted to make sure.
I am a grandmother, it continues to amaze me what can be found on the internet.  When I did search on “what king of bug…”your website popped up.  Thank you for your quick reply.
Your organization performs a great service both to us humans and the bug world.  I know the importance of our bugs and their help in the natural balance of nature hence also our survival.  Just think “honey bees” to know how important to our survival they are.   I do share my beliefs with my 10 year old grandson and 13 year granddaughter, hoping to make a difference.
Keep up the good work!
Candi

Varied Carpet Beetle Infestation

Varied Carpet Beetle Infestation

Hi Again Candi,
Our original response was very brief.  We have been getting numerous identification requests for Varied Carpet Beetles from around the globe this year.  We were so charmed by your response to our brief identification that we dug through the email “trash” folder and decided to create a new posting and perhaps provide a bit more information.  Adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, and the large number of individuals near the windows indicate they are trying to get outside, though the weather might not be warm enough at this time.  The larvae of the beetles are the troublesome critters in the home.  They will feed on a wide variety of organic materials in the home, including the bargain bag of dogfood that might last for several months.  Look for the larvae among Fido’s food.  Thank you for educating your grandchildren about the wonders of the natural world and the importance of having respect for the lower beasts.

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Subject: small brown white carpet bug
Location: Austin, TX
March 11, 2014 7:23 pm
We found lots these bugs on our rug next to kitchen tile. At first we thought it was mouse dropings but eventually we realize they were alive. I have provide two magnified pictures. One picture is the top view and the other is the bottom view. The top view of the bug appears to show wings ont he tail section, how I have not observed these bugs in flight. We live in Austin Texas and the weather was in the 20 deg F a few weeks ago. Please identify and recommend way to control.
Thank you.
Signature: Allen

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Hi Allen,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common and cosmopolitan household pest.
  We get numerous identification requests daily for Varied Carpet Beetles, so we are posting your images in the hope that it will help some folks who are currently being troubled by Varied Carpet Beetles.

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Thanks Daniel…
I appreciate your quick feedback.
–Allen

 

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Subject: Unsual Bug
Location: Coastal San Diego
March 8, 2014 9:33 am
Dear Mr. Bug Man,
What kind of bug is this? It was found meandering across my mattress at approximately 8am PST this morning. It is very small, perhaps 1/8″ of an inch. I told my girlfriend it came from her and I wanted her tested. We are now broken up. I need your help to get her back.
PS. I didn’t kill it even though I wanted to. It did no good. She’s still really mad at me.
Signature: BrokenupbyBug

Carpet Beetle blamed for relationship demise

Carpet Beetle blamed for relationship demise

Dear BrokenupbyBug,
We can understand your girlfriend’s reaction.  No girl wants to be told she has bugs.  This Varied Carpet Beetle is a common household pest.

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