Last week, one of our readers discovered a very tiny worm-like creature on his toilet paper roll. He sent us a few pictures of the brown colored specimen. He wants to know what the creature eats. He isn’t too concerned about finding this specimen in his home, rather he wants to know if he releases it outside will it be able to find food to survive. How thoughtful! Here are some photos this reader sent us:
When the reader described this specimen as “tiny” he was not lying!!! With minuscule size arises the difficulty of examining the details in the features of this creature. However, we recognize the white and brown stripes lining its body. We believe this is a carpet beetle larva!
It is ironic that our reader is curious what this little larva eats and is concerned about it starving outside because the carpet beetle larva could very likely be eating the toilet paper roll it was found on! Carpet beetle larvae feed on carpeting (as their name hints), upholstered furniture, materials, animal hair, cardboard, paper, and other fibers around a household. They can be considered pests because they can be quite destructive, eating through couches and bedding, if the invasion isn’t handled right away. Our reader should definitely place this critter outside, and then begin to search for the primary food source for these larvae. Since he found this critter in the bathroom (we assume this because it was on a toilet paper roll) he should check the bathroom linens, tissues, and other materials that could be a food source. Once he finds the source he should remove it. He should also start a cleaning regiment that includes plenty of sweeping, vacuuming, and laundering to get rid of these larvae.
To conclude, a reader found a tiny creature on his toilet paper roll. We are confident that he has discovered a carpet beetle larva.
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