One of of our readers recently sent us a photo of a small brown specimen. He believes the creature is a carpet beetle larva and would like us to confirm this identification. He is also curious if carpet beetle larvae cause allergies such as running nose or blocked nose. Finally, he wants to know if these creatures can live underneath carpeting. This is the picture he sent us:
Despite zooming in to examine the specimen, we can’t see many details other than what we have already stated above: it is brown and has a small body. Carpet beetle larvae have small segmented bodies that are oval-shaped and covered in tiny hairs. Some are white or cream colored, while others are rusty orange or dark brown. This creature could definitely be a carpet beetle larva, but we can’t absolutely guarantee this identification based off the photograph alone. However, if our reader believes it is a carpet beetle larva, then it probably is.
So, do carpet beetle larvae cause allergies such as a running nose or a blocked nose? Well, we have never heard of a carpet beetle larvae causing sinus-related allergies, but our reader might just be particularly sensitive to this pest. Some people do experience an allergic reaction when they come into physical contact with the small hairs that cover carpet beetle larvae called Carpet Beetle Dermatitis. However, this reaction often appears as a rash or red bumps on the skin, not as sinus-related problems. Therefore we can’t confirm if there is a correlation between the presence of carpet beetle larvae in our reader’s home and the allergies he is experiencing. If he is worried about his health, we recommend he see a doctor.
The other question our reader asked was if carpet beetle larvae can live under carpeting. Carpet beetle larvae eat a wide range of things found inside a home, including carpet. If the larvae have eaten through the carpet, then it is definitely possible that some of the creatures might be living underneath the carpeting on his floor. We recommend he remove the carpet if possible to investigate and then have it professionally cleaned if necessary. If he is dealing with a carpet beetle infestation, our reader can read more about the steps to getting rid of a carpet beetle infestation here.
To sum up, one of our readers found carpet beetle larvae in his home. While we don’t think they are causing his nose-related allergies, we do think they could be living under his carpeting.