Carpet Beetle in the UK

Subject: house insect
Location: aylesbury Buckinghamshire, england UK
March 16, 2015 5:50 am
Hiya i keep seeing these bugs around our home and just wondered what they are. There is not a lot of them and only see them every so often just dont know whether its a house bug or or something that crawling in through windows etc.
Signature: elliott tunbridge

Carpet Beetle
Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Elliott,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, Anthrenus verbasci, a common household pest.  The larvae of Carpet Beetles are often found indoors where they feed on shed pet hair and other organic materials.  Adults feed on pollen and though they do not damage the home or its furnishings, they can become a nuisance when they are plentiful and they gather on window sills in an effort to get outside.  They often die indoors.  We have been receiving Carpet Beetle identification requests daily right now, and we have not posted a new image recently.  Your image is of a good quality, so we have determined it is time for a new Varied Carpet Beetle posting that can be featured.

4 thoughts on “Carpet Beetle in the UK”

  1. I only find one or two of them at a time and only ever find them on my bedding and pillows. I do not have any pets that shed hair either.

  2. Hi there just spootted this while trying to id bugs i keep finding all over my flat…moved in 8 weeks ago and im over run with them..warm weather seems to be bringing them out. Any idea if they pose a health risk? I suffer with asthma and copd. Thanks in advance.

  3. I keep finding these in my bedroom, on my bed. I’ve also recently been getting bitten like gnat bites,is it these that are causing them? If so how can I stop/get rid of them? Please


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