I think this is a varied carpet beetle
February 20, 2012 1:01 am
We recently moved into a house and I have been finding these in my house along with larvae in the carpets. I’m pretty sure they are the ”varied carpet beetle” but am hoping there is a chance they are not so please identify. The majority of the adult beetles have been in the bathroom. I have found larvae in 3 bedrooms but only a few adults in one of the bedrooms. I suspect the previous residents were very dirty due to a few other things nasty things that I have discovered in the house. I find an average of 2-6 adults a day in the bathroom. A pest control man came out and sprayed some chemical that we had to leave the house for and said they’d be gone in 2 weeks. Well it has been over 2 weeks and they seem to be increasing. I’m going nuts vaccuming like mad, using diatomaceous earth in certain areas, bleaching the bathroom, caulking up cracks nothing is helping. I knocked old wasps nests off the house but they weren’t even anywhere n ear the area where the beetles are. Any advice?
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First we want to console you that having Carpet Beetles in a very clean home is not uncommon. All you need to do is locate the source of the infestation. With the cleaning habits you describe, we are confident that once you find the source, you will not be troubled any longer by Carpet Beetles. You should not waste any more money on an exterminator who sprays the home randomly. Again, we must stress the importance of finding the source of the infestation. Carpet Beetles can live on a variety of organic fibers, including fur and feathers.