We just heard from a reader who found two “worms” on his bed. He requested that we respond as quickly as possible, which we can understand since finding unwanted creatures on your bed is never ideal. Here is the creature-in-question:
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Since this photograph is taken at a pretty far distance from the specimen, we relied more on the photo that shows more details. The creature is small and brown, descriptors that could apply to many possible critters. However, we noticed the small hairs sprouting from its body and instantly knew our reader had found a carpet beetle larva.
Carpet beetle larvae eat dust particles, animal hair, carpet, upholstered furniture, and other fibers that are found in a household. They often are discovered near the primary source of infestation. In the case of this reader, the source is probably his bedding or some materials near his bed. He should remove any linens, blankets, and clothing near his bed and have them cleaned and inspect them for damage. Anything that has been ruined should be thrown out. After locating and removing the source from his home, he will need to do some serious cleaning to ensure the larvae perish and do not return. This regime will involve lots of vacuuming, sweeping, and laundering. He can also take precautionary steps against another infestation, like keeping clothing, linens, and extra bedding in air tight containers.
Almost every week we hear from at least one reader who has discovered carpet beetle larvae in their home. So, first, our reader should find some comfort in knowing that this happens a lot. Dealing with carpet beetle larvae might seem like a daunting task, but it just requires some focused sanitation. If our reader finds that the infestation is too serious for him to manage on his own, he can always contact a professional.
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To conclude, a reader found two “worms” on his bed. We believe that these two “worms” are actually not worms at all, but carpet beetle larvae.