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Subject: couch and house bug
Location: Houston area, Texas
February 27, 2014 3:08 pm
I have found this bug all around my house. On my couch, on the floor, on the wall. It is winter now though there are more in the summer. I am in south Texas.
Thanks!
Signature: CEM

Variegated Carpet Beetle

Variegated Carpet Beetle

Dear CEM,
This is an adult Variegated Carpet Beetle or Varied Carpet Beetle and they often attract attention when they congregate at windows in an effort to leave the home.  Adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, but the larvae of Carpet Beetles feed on 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); adults feed on pollen”
according to BugGuide.  The larvae will also feed on the dead insects that accumulate in light fixtures and windowsills.

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Subject: ladybug?
Location: California
February 22, 2014 6:28 pm
It looks like a ladybug, but has a brown shell with black dots. It has many aspects of those of a ladybug. Such as hiding its wings beneath its shell.
Signature: whichever way seemed fit

Variegated Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear whichever way seemed fit,
You have Varied Carpet Beetles,
Anthrenus verbasci, a common household pest.  The adults feed on Pollen and it is the larvae that do the damage in the home.  According to BugGuide, they feed on 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); adults feed on pollen.”  BugGuide also notes:  “The most abundant species in buildings; arguably, world’s most important pest of insect collections. Adults from indoor populations have a negative attraction to light, but near the end of their oviposition period they become attracted to light. Adults from outdoor populations show attraction to light. Adults are active fliers and often fly high above the ground. They enter houses through open windows, around eaves, soffits, and attic vents, and often lay eggs in the dead insects collecting in light fixtures.”

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Subject: Bugs in my Bathroom
Location: West Michigan
December 29, 2013 8:05 pm
Recently I have been finding these bugs all around on the floor of my bathroom. They are usually lying on their backs and look like they are dead, but when I pick them up they try to crawl away. They are approximately 5/8inch long. Are Blackish brown, with a tannish colored band around them. They don’t seem harmful, but I do not care much for creepy crawlies in my home. I have looked at hundreds of pictures online, but could not find them. I would really appreciate it if you could identify them for me. Thank You!
Signature: Buggy Bathroom

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Buggy Bathroom,
Despite the extreme blurriness of your image, the pattern on this Larder Beetle,
Dermestes lardarius, is very evident.  Larder Beetles infest stored foods, including dried meats and pet food.  Perhaps you have a large bag of pet food that they are feeding upon.  According to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Entomology site:  “The larder beetle is a commercial pest as well as a household pest. This is a cosmopolitan species which was historically a pest of cured meats in Europe, the United States, and Canada. The use of refrigeration, the purchase of meats in small quantities, and the lack of home curing of meats, have decreased the economic importance of this insect. However, these beetles are still common in homes, museums, mills, livestock facilities, and any place that contains a suitable food source. Typically, these would include any animal by-product such as dried dog food, furs, hides, and feathers. Also, many pantry items can become infested. Another potential food source are dead insects in attic and wall voids that become trapped when they seek an overwintering site. In the fall insects such as flies, bugs, beetles and wasps, accumulate in attics and similar spaces in the home. Many of the hibernating insects die, attracting larder beetles which lay eggs on dead insects. The larvae of the larder beetle then feed on the dead insects.”  We would encourage you to search out the site of the infestation, and it might not necessarily be in the bathroom.

Thank You so much, I don’t know how I missed that picture. This is definately what they are. I started seeing the Larve first then the beetles shortly after I bombed my house for fleas, so they may be feeding on other dead bugs in the walls.   Thank you again.

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Subject: aaaaah!!! YUCK.
Location: walnut creek, ca. 94596 (east bay area suburb)
December 20, 2013 12:32 am
hello.
ive found more of these disgusting little suckers than id care to think about. and even worse~ considering how theyve managed to go nearly unnoticed each and every time i DO discover one of them, i am left twitching at the slightest breath of air that contacts any and ALL hairs on my body!!! UGH. and, because i havent the slightest clue as to just what kind of hellish creature im actually dealing with, i am left stewing it over in the boundless stretches of my imagination (which is only feeding my concerns and encouraging the involuntary twitching and itching!). DOUBLE UGH.
i have found them in a variety of spots, throughout my house: on my bedding, on the family room wall, on the bathroom and kitchen counters, etc; and i dont think these sightings have been limited to a specific time/season (though i could be wrong)…
please, please, PLEASE HELP!!!!!
Signature: ~still itchin & twitchin

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear still itchin & twitchin,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva in the genus
Anthrenus, and it is a common, cosmopolitan household pest.  According to BugGuide: “larvae scavenge on accumulated fur, feathers, skin flakes, dead insects, etc. keratine- or chitin-rich materials; adults feed on pollen on flowers  Typical household products consumed include dry pet food, wool blankets/clothes, furs, and hair and skin flakes shed by people and pets and accumulated in the corners.”

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Subject: ID bugs
Location: New York
December 10, 2013 8:09 pm
Would like to know what type of bugs these are
Thank you
Signature: Best regard

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

The smaller, brown insects are Bed Bugs and you should probably seek professional assistance with their eradication.  The larger striped insects are Larder Beetles.  They are a nuisance that infests stored foods.

Larder Beetles

Larder Beetles

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Subject: Help
Location: New York
December 3, 2013 11:17 am
Hey, I found this strange looking bug that I cant seem to find online. I found it in my linen closet and where I put cooking utensils. I saw it at work also, in a container of cotton balls. I never found them alive, always dead. Please help! Thank You
Signature: Ashley J

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Hi Ashley,
This is a Spider Beetle, a common household pest that infests stored foods.

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