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Carpet Beetle

“Worms” near Catfood are Likely Carpet Beetle Larvae

We received a plea from a reader who has been having problems with teeny tiny worms hanging out near her cat’s dry cat food. Though she is not necessarily seeing them in the food, they definitely seem to congregate there. She also notes, interestingly, that they excrete a grey, dust-like substance. Continue reading [...]
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Bug Covered in Small Hairs is Carpet Beetle Larva

a reader found a carpet beetle larva in her home. As long as she finds and removes the primary food source and keeps her home clean, it shouldn't be too difficult to get rid of these creatures.Continue reading [...]
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Super Tiny “Worm” on Bed is Carpet Beetle Larva

A reader found a "really super tiny skinny worm like bug" in her bed. She said the worm looks brown in the middle and darker at the ends. Although the photograph she sent us is quite blurry, we think we know what the creature is! We believe the specimen our reader found is a carpet beetle larva!There are three different species of carpet beetle that we write about: varied carpet beetle, furniture carpet beetle, and black carpet beetle. All three species of these beetles and their larvae look slightly different. Based off of the photo, we believe our reader has found a furniture carpet beetle larva. Here is an up-close photo of a furniture carpet beetle larva that we have from another reader:Carpet beetle larvae inhabit dark, undisturbed locations where they eat a variety of dead Continue reading [...]
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Creature Found in Sheets is Carpet Beetle Larva

One of our readers found a few small organisms in her bed. We believe these specimens are carpet beetle larvae! Continue reading [...]
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Information About Carpet Beetle Larvae

A few weeks ago, a reader explained her situation to us: She knows her mattress is infested with carpet beetles, but she can't get rid of it because she is only 14 years old, and her family doesn't have the resources to get a new mattress. She has been vacuuming the outside of the mattress, but doesn't know what else she can do. Also, she thinks her actual carpet is also infested with carpet beetles, but she can't throw it out for similar reasons. She has cats that sometimes get into her room, so she is hoping for an inexpensive treatment that is pet-safe.This sounds like a tough situation, and we are happy to provide answers to her questions: What should she do with a mattress that is infested with carpet beetles? Is it unsafe to sleep on an infested mattress? Are there pet-safe Continue reading [...]

Larvae That Drop From the Ceiling Fan

A reader found larvae on a spot on his bed that is directly under the ceiling fan. He thinks the larvae are falling from the fan. We think this could be true, or they might be carpet beetle larvae coming from his mattress. Continue reading [...]