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Small Creatures are Carpet Beetle Larvae, Not Silverfish

A reader found carpet beetle larvae in her home. As most of our site visitors know, we write about carpet beetle larvae every week, and we are confident that our reader can say goodbye to these unwanted visitors with some dedicated cleaning. Continue reading [...]

Carpet Beetle Larvae Lurk Near Dog’s Kennel

A reader found a few carpet beetle larvae near her dog's kennel and in her mud room. We have provided some steps to take in order to get rid of these larvae. Continue reading [...]

“Worms” in Bed are Carpet Beetle Larvae

One of our readers found these organisms between two beds that had been pushed together:She looked at our site and came to the conclusion that these creatures have a strong resemblance to carpet beetle larvae. We heard where they were found (around a mattress) and saw the photograph and instantly agreed with our reader: These are carpet beetle larvae!Carpet beetle larvae feed on animal products like wool, feathers, fur, and leather. In a household they might eat and damage clothing, upholstered furniture, and linens. When their preferred food sources aren't available, they eat dead insects, pet food, crumbs, lint, and other small particles around a home. Since they can roam around a house looking for food sources and can survive long periods of time without eating, they can be Continue reading [...]

Woman Seeks Safe Treatment for Carpet Beetle Larvae

One of our readers discovered carpet beetle larvae in her home. The most effective way to get rid of these larvae is to eliminate food sources, which can be accomplished by cleaning! Continue reading [...]

Carpet Beetle Larva Found in Bed. Man says, “Ick!”

Today, we will address a question from a man who found a rather unwelcome bedmate amongst his sheets. He snapped a picture of it, and wonders if he has found a carpet beetle larva.We agree with his identification. This is, most likely, a carpet beetle larva.These are one of the most common household pests we hear about, and for good reason. These are known as Dermestids, or skin beetles, because they like to eat the dead skin that is constantly falling off our bodies, and bodies of our pets. If that is the preferred food source, then our houses are the best possible places to live. If you’re a carpet beetle larva, a human household is kind of like a bountiful forest in which food, literally, falls from the sky.While we know that no one wants to find one of these in their beds, Continue reading [...]

Friendly Carpet Beetle Larvae Found in Dog’s Bed

We have received a query from a reader who is curious about the small larvae that she has found in her dog’s bed. She does not think that these critters come from her dog because the dog had not been in the bed for quite some time when she found them. Below are two pictures, one taken with a flash and one without.Our reader is correct that these little critters are not coming from her dog, though they are there because of her dog. Frequent readers will know that we will identify these as beetle larvae. Given that she found these guys in her dog’s bed, we believe that she has encountered members of the order Dermestes, also known as “skin beetles” or, more commonly, “carpet beetles.”Why are we so sure of this? The hint is in the name “skin beetle.” These beetles Continue reading [...]
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