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Subject: Museum pest or not?
Location: Big Bend region of Texas (Fort Davis)
July 7, 2017 7:12 am
These beetles just showed up in our IPM traps in one of our furnished historic houses & we are trying to identify. Could these be varied carpet beetles? Staff here is divided on whether these are this dreaded museum pest. In consulting various museum pest websites, these specimens do not exactly match the posted images but also look close enough to cause concern. They are quite small – 2-3mm and have mostly been caught at traps located at entrance/exit doors. We found your website & hope you may be able to help. The pictures are the best ones we could take & hopefully, are clear enough to allow identification. Thank you.
Signature: Jennifer

Carpet Beetles

Dear Jennifer,
The quality of your image is quite poor, but these are unmistakably Carpet Beetles.

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Subject: A beetle?
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 29, 2017 10:08 am
I found this bug in my bedroom and let it outside. It’s early spring, and it seemed to be the only one and didn’t have friends. I hope.
Signature: SJ

Larder Beetle

Dear SJ,
The Larder Beetle is a common household pest that will infest stored foods and other organic items in the home.

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Subject: Should I be concerned?
Location: Boston, MA
April 16, 2017 6:34 pm
I’ve found a few of these bugs in my apartment over the last couple weeks, mostly in the bathroom but occasionally in other rooms too. I have an infant son and I’m worried that these could be ticks, but they don’t quite look like most of the tick pictures I’ve seen online.
Do you have any idea what it is?
Signature: Thank you!

Smooth Spider Beetle

This is one of the Spider Beetles in the subfamily Ptininae, most likely the Smooth Spider Beetle, Gibbium aequinoctiale, which is pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Cosmopolitan but more common in warm climes, and very few records in Europe; origin unknown (“tropical, subtropical”); found in stored goods across NA” and that it feeds on a “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”  Check the pantry for the site of the infestation, including large, bargain bags of pet food and bird seed.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Toronto, Canada
April 1, 2017 9:01 pm
Hi there,
I just found this visitor in my bed. He’s fast. Quite small maybe 1-2 mm long but I’m bad at guessing measurements. Please let me know what it is and if I should be concerned if he has friends or is dangerous.
Thanks in advance
Signature: Bugged out

Buffalo Carpet Beetle

Dear Bugged out,
This is a Buffalo Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus scrophulariae, and according to BugGuide:  “Adults feed on nectar and pollen; larvae feed on various animal materials (incl. wool, feathers, hair/fur, and museum specimens) and dried plants.”  We suspect this adult spent its time as a larva feeding inside your home, possibly on shed pet hair.  While Carpet Beetles are not dangerous, they can damage household goods.  We suspect this has no relevance in your case, but BugGuide also indicates this is a:  “household pest known to attack dried insect collections.”

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Subject: Indoor Springtime Beetles
Location: Stockton, California
March 29, 2017 2:38 pm
These pinhead-sized (or smaller) winged beetles appear in the spring inside my house. They are attracted to the windows and to light-colored fabric. They are slow-moving and nonevasive, and so they are easy to kill. They are appearing now, when temperatures are in the 70’s. My guess is they are in a foodstuff of some kind in the house. They do not appear in overwhelming numbers, but they come every year consistently. I do not see them at other times of the year.
Signature: David Wallace

Carpet Beetle

Dear David,
Carpet Beetles like the one in your image feed on pollen, but the larvae are common household pests that will feed on a wide variety of organic items in the home.

Thanks! Now on to the tracking of the food source, which may or may not be in our pantry.

While they are considered an annoyance, sometimes their food source in not injurious.  They will feed on accumulated shed pet hair found on rugs and furniture.

Five cats in the house. Thanks for this excellent detective work.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: My room, Los Angeles, California, US
March 16, 2017 5:09 pm
Hi, I was hoping you would be able to help me figure out what bug this is. They appeared in my room, specifically on my walls and my bed. Quite a few of these bugs appeared in my room before, at least around half a year ago or so, but then disappeared. They are very tiny like 1 or 2 mm. We are currently in the Winter season, heading into Spring, though it has been feeling like Summer this week.
Signature: Concerned Evelyn

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Concerned Evelyn,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest, and your letter is the third we opened today for a Varied Carpet Beetle identification, so we are posting your letter to assist folks visiting our site who are also troubled by Carpet Beetles.  Adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, but larvae will eat a wide variety of organic items in the home.

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