Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Los Angeles
April 4, 2013 10:23 am
Started seeing these little bugs in my carpet last night. I am a clean person, indoor only cat, I am distraught and couldn’t sleep last night knowing what I found. I inspected my cat but could not see anything in her fur and these don’t look like fleas anyway.
May you please tell me?
1) What they are?
2) How they got in my house?
3) How do I get rid of them?
4) How do I prevent this in the future?
1) You have Varied Carpet Beetles, Anthrenus verbasci.
2) They are very tiny and they might have entered the home through any small crack, crevice or gap that they found, either in the foundation, around a window or even when you were entering or leaving. The adults feed on pollen and they might have gained entry into the house by you when you brought yourself or a loved one a bouquet of posies and didn’t notice them among the petals. According to BugGuide, the larvae of Varied Carpet Beetles “feed [on] keratine and chitine, and may cause considerable damage on wool, fur, feathers, and natural history collections.“
3) You need to find the larval food supply in your home. They may even be feeding on items in the pantry. Pet hair that accumulates might also be a larval food source.
4) Most likely you cannot as they are a cosmopolitan household pest that is found in even the cleanest of homes. Vacuum more frequently and that might help.
Two of you photos appear to be a mating pair, though that might be an illusion of the camera.