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A very big & gracious……….THANK U SO VERY MUCH
March 30, 2011 11:10 am
I’m an absolute virgin to the internet, but am very grateful to your site.      I have identified that I have an infestation of the varied carpet beetle (NOT bed bugs as was my 1st thought).                                   My QUESTION is:     How do I deter and remove them from my home without KILLING or HARMING them in anyway? ….. Also ….. what outside habitat do the prefer, IF – I’m able to find them.?                           I do know & understand u r a small group of volunteers, that you have a lot of work to do for your site and u cant possibly read or reply to all the questions & queries sent to u.  If u do happen to read this it would be most appreciated if u dont have the answers if  can give me another web address where I can find my answers.               Yours   Truly & Utterly Grateful,                from  Shelley,frae SCOTLAND.   U.K.
Signature: Shelley

Carpet Beetles

Hi Shelley,
Your complimentary email touched us and we want you to know that we do not frown upon “internet virgins” visiting our website.  We are happy to hear you had a good experience.  We have chosen a photo from our archives of Varied Carpet Beetles,
Anthrenus verbasci, taken by Tina, to accompany your letter.  This particular photo shows the adults in their preferred habitat, the garden.  Adult Varied Carpet Beetles feed upon pollen, and were it not for the potentially destructive tendencies of the larvae, which feed upon organic fibers, they might be considered a beneficial species.  Varied Carpet Beetles have adapted to living with humans, and they are one of the most commonly encountered species to be found in the home.  Because the larvae may damage woolen rugs and other articles made of fur and feathers they are considered a household pest, but they also feed upon accumulated pet hair in the home.  Adults are most commonly noticed on window sills.  They need to get outside to feed upon pollen, and the adults will not damage the home.  We would suggest a small whisk broom and dust pan for capturing the adults so that they may be released outdoors.  Frequent vacuuming under beds and under couch cushions and similar locations will minimize the presence of the larvae and then reduce the numbers of adults you find indoors.  Identification requests of both adult and larval Carpet Beetles have been among our most common queries this year.  We seriously contemplated making the Carpet Beetle the Bug of the Month again this past winter.  Instead, we have been regularly highlighting it in our relatively new featured section at the top of our home page.

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Weird Bug
Location: South East Texas
March 24, 2011 4:43 pm
Mr. or Mrs. Bugman…
I have a black little bug…about a millimeter long…oval shaped…light colored spots…crawls but has wings…
Thought it was a ladybug; but can’t find any pics of it. HELP PLEASE.
Signature: Infested

Carpet Beetles

Dear Infested,
You have Carpet Beetles.  The larvae feed on wool and other types of animal fibers and the adults are pollen feeders.  When the beetles mature, large quantities of the adult accumulate on windowsills in an attempt to reach the outside where the flowers are blooming.  Larvae can do tremendous damage to museum collections as well as home furnishings.

Carpet Beetles

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Strange House Tick?
Location: Chicago, IL
March 17, 2011 7:10 pm
Dear Bugman/Bugwoman,
We were living in a damp, dark basement apartment and started seeing these strange bugs about a month ago. We probably found 3 or 4 and then we moved to a new apartment a week ago and they seem to have followed us. We’ve already found 3 of them crawling around on our stuff. I’m feeling paranoid that we’re infested with something! Is there any way you can help me identify our unwelcome stowaway? I have attached 2 pictures. They aren’t the clearest, but maybe they will be enough. If you need another picture I can send some. I captured a couple of the bugs so I could try to figure out what they were.
Thanks for your help.
Sincerely,
Signature: Ed

Spider Beetle

Hi Ed,
There are many small beetles that infest stored foods, and many of them have a cosmopolitan distribution.  This is a Spider Beetle, most likely in the genus
Mezium as your photo, though blurry, appears to show a pronotum with furry pubescence which according to BugGuide is a distinguishing feature.

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Identify the bug
Location: California
March 13, 2011 4:17 pm
Hello! We keep finding these small bugs on our carpet, in our bedroom and I haven’t been able to identify it. It has two-tone body, almost black and yellow, very small, hard shell. I have attached pictures. I hoping these aren’t bed bugs, they dont look like them based on the pictures i’ve seen.
Signature: Rachelle Stimmel

Varied Carpet Beetle

Hi Rachelle,
This is the third identification request for the Varied Carpet Beetle we are posting this morning.  The larvae can damage wool rugs and other organic materials found in the home and they also do significant damage to museum collections.  They are cosmopolitan in distribution.

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They are invading my duaghters room..please help!
Location: in bedroom beside window
March 13, 2011 2:19 pm
Hi
We are trying to figure out what these bugs are and where they are coming from. Do you have any idea?
Signature: Mom needing her daughter to sleep in her room again

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Mom needing…,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle.  Larvae feed on a variety of organic materials including the woolen fibers found in rugs.  The rug in your photo looks like a wool rug.  You should search our archives for images of the larvae.  Other than the damage that the larvae do to home furnishings and museum collections, they pose no threat to your daughter.  Adults feed on pollen.

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Every year we get ’em
Location: North West washington (America)
March 13, 2011 5:00 pm
This lil critter likes to sit in our window sills.
He is about 1/16 inch?
They have the ability to fly but seem to rarely
seem to.
I thought they looked like lady bugs, But they
aren’t the correct color.
If you can identify and tell us if they are harmful
in any way…That would be great.
Signature: Tom & Kelly Gorham

Varied Carpet Beetle

Hi Tom & Kelly,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle.  The larvae are considered household pests and they will feed on a wide variety of organic matter in the home, including shed pet hair.  Adults feed on pollen.  They are attracted to the windows in their attempt to gain access to the outdoors.

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