A reader reached out to us because of some bugs she discovered in the back seat of her car. She didn’t provide other details, but did send us a few photographs that show us everything we need to know! The first photo shows the back seat of the car. The 3-4 bugs that are visible are light brown specks against the black material. There is also some light brown dust near the seat belt:
Although this picture doesn’t clearly show the specimens, we are confident that we know what they are. We believe the bugs in our reader’s car are carpet beetle larvae. Carpet beetle larvae are small, rust colored specimens. They have segmented bodies covered in tiny bristle-like hairs. In the other photograph our reader sent us, we can identify this specimen with certainty: it is a carpet beetle larva!
Carpet beetle larvae are common household pests, and they eat a wide variety of items found in a household. In a car, there is a limited number of things these larvae could be eating, unless of course our reader’s car is full of debris. We reckon these larvae are eating the upholstery of the car, though they might also be feeding on old T-shirts or coats lying in the car. Since carpet beetle larvae can be quite destructive, we advise that our reader begin the process of getting rid of these larvae as soon as possible.
She should start by clearing out her car of all debris. Any clothing items should be professionally cleaned in case they contain carpet beetle larvae eggs. After the car is empty, she should have the seats professionally cleaned to eliminate any unseen larvae and eggs. Fortunately a car is a much smaller area than a house, so getting rid of these larvae will be an easier process than getting rid of them in a house.
To wrap up, one of our readers discovered carpet beetle larvae in the backseat of her car. We recommend she thoroughly clean out her car in order to tackle a potential carpet beetle larvae infestation!