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Subject: Varied Carpet Beetle
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Hi there,
I took these pictures and was going to send them to see if you could help me identify the bug; my girlfriend has lived longer in the area, and was acquainted with them (although she knows them by the unofficial name ”Spring bugs”, as they appear at the beginning of the Spring).
Alas, when I opened the website, a photo that was highlighted on the homepage struck me as familiar: the bug I was looking for is the varied carpet beetle. So, with the identification solved thanks to your website (without requiring your direct intervention), here are the pictures I took. You may use them however you want, as long as you credit me ( as ”jcraveiro” ) – which is basically a CC by-sa ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ ) license.
Signature: João

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear João,
We are happy to hear you were able to easily identify your Varied Carpet Beetle using our website.  We have since removed the featured Carpet Beetle posting, but as we are continuing to get numerous identification requests for Carpet Beetles, we will use your letter as the new featured posting.  Varied Carpet Beetles are common cosmopolitan household pests, and though the adults feed on pollen, the larvae feed on a large variety of organic materials in the home.  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.”  We are using your photo in both a cropped (to give a better view of the Varied Carpet Beetle) and an uncropped form (to better give an idea of scale).

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

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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?

Varied Carpet Beetles

Varied Carpet Beetles

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?
Thanks!
Signature: Distraught

Varied Carpet Beetles, but are they mating???

Varied Carpet Beetles, but are they mating???

Dear Distraught,
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.

Varied Carpet Beetles

Varied Carpet Beetles


 

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Subject: This was on my (supposedly) clean boxers
Location: Phoenix, AZ
April 4, 2013 2:25 pm
Hey!
I creeped my mom out when I showed her a living version of what I had only seen exoskeletons of in my closet. It’s Springtime in Phoenix, AZ. It’s tiny, has segments, and a fuzzy tail. What is this?
Signature: Stephen

Carpet Beetle Larva found in Men's Boxers!!!

Carpet Beetle Larva found in Men’s Boxers!!!

Dear Stephen,
In our opinion, finding a Carpet Beetle Larva in your boxers is no measure of your hygiene habits, and the drawers being clean or dirty is irrelevant.  Carpet Beetle Larvae can be found in even the cleanest of homes and they are common cosmopolitan household pests that feed on a wide variety of organic materials found in homes.  This Carpet Beetle Larva is in the genus
Attagenus.  See BugGuide for a similar looking Carpet Beetle Larva.

Attagenus Beetle Larva

Attagenus Beetle Larva

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Subject: Bugs
Location: Golden Colorado
March 25, 2013 4:40 pm
Bug man,
Can you help us ID this bug? We have tried steam, spraying, cleaning, bombs and these guys keep coming back. I think we have killed very bug on the mountain. My wife says she has been bitten, but I don’t think it’s a bedbug? We live outside of Golden Colorado at about 8300 ft. In a log home.
Thanks
Bob
Signature: Robert Erickson

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Robert,
This is a Larder Beetle,
Dermestes lardarius, and it is a common household pest found in stored foods.  No amount of spraying will work if you don’t find the source of the infestation.  We suggest you clean out the pantry and discard old foods.

Thanks Daniel,
We have cleaned the pantry and the house and have not found the source . We will keep looking …at least we have eliminated bedbugs! Like you said these guys keep coming back.
Could the source be dead mice in the basement wall. These are the only framed walls in the house? We also have a really old Freezer.
These guys don’t look like they fly?
Bob

Hi Bob,
We would not rule out dead mice as a food source.  Larder Beetles can fly.

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Subject: What is this
Location: Loveland, Colorado
March 21, 2013 5:01 am
Found this crawling on my pillow last night. The weather here has been warm and cold almost spring but not yet. Think this critter got confused.
Signature: Rodney

Buffalo Carpet Beetle

Buffalo Carpet Beetle

Hi Rodney,
This is a Buffalo Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus scrophulariae, one of the most colorful of the household pests in the family Dermestidae.  Larvae of Carpet Beetles feed on a wide variety of organic items in the home, including stored foods and textiles composed or organic materials like leather and wool.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults copulate and feed on the blossoms of white flowers; the females require nectar and pollen to stimulate oviposition, which usually limits indoor infestations. Mated and fed females fly into houses or carried in on flowers. Once inside, or in an animal burrow or nest, the female lays eggs and dies. Larvae feed until the end of the warm season, when most pupate and the remainder overwinter.”

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Subject: 100 worms in my condo
Location: mainly kitchen floor
March 12, 2013 9:26 pm
Hi,
I found worms in my condo ( only hard wood floor) early Feb and have not been able to kill them all. They must got in a while ago beaus they are multiplying. Total I have captured almost 100 worms.
The worm is about 1 cm long. Its shorter than the gaps between the tiles in the kitchen. Mature one are darker brown. The baby are thinner than the hair and around 0.5cm long. Babies are very hard to identify until they start moving.
They hides under the stove, refrigerator and also the gap between the wall board and the floor. Most are on the floor but found few in the kitchen counters. We have use bug spray and bleach at the edges and floor everyday. We also checked the overhead cabinet every day and very surprised to see one. It was not there before and wonder how it climbed to the overhead cabinet.
We have capture a few in a container for more than 2 weeks and they are still alive.
My questions are:
1.where are they coming from. If food, what kind of food? Could it be organic apple?
2.They life cycle so I can estimate how long they have stay in my place.
3.how can I kill them especially the one hiding between the base board and floor? Also how to make sure no more eggs in the house.
Thanks,
Amanda

Possibly Carpet Beetle Larva

Possibly Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Amanda,
Your photo is quite blurry, but we believe you have an infestation of Carpet Beetle Larvae, probably in the genus
Attagenus.  Here is a photo from BugGuide for comparison.  The larvae of Carpet Beetles will feed on textiles in the home as well as some stored food products.  Since you are finding them in the kitchen, we would recommend closely inspecting the pantry.  We do not give extermination advice.

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