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Brown-Striped Larva Found in Baby’s Crib is a Carpet Beetle Larva

A light brown ovate creature with dark brown stripes has been found for the second time in the crib of this reader's baby. "I don't know how it gets there! Is it coming from the baby's mattress? Please help me find the reason why it keeps showing up!" our reader exclaims. Continue reading [...]

Two Kinds of Mealworms Found by Reader Who Wonders What Species They Belong To

"I have two kinds of mealworms" says this reader, "one is small, the others are larger". He provides no photographs of the worms but asks "what kind are they?" Continue reading [...]

Man Saves Life of Brown-Striped Caterpillar but Hits a Roadblock; What He Can Do Next

"I found a little critter on my bathroom floor a few weeks ago" says this reader about the worm-like creature with "a dark red head", "striped brown" body and "a bunch of little feet." Having saved the creature from a worse fate out in the cold, our reader is concerned that the critter is dying as he does not know what species it is, nor what food it needs. Continue reading [...]

Worm Found in Bedding is Actually an Immature Carpet Beetle Larva

"I found this worm in my bedding" says this reader about the virtually featureless, beige worm-like creature with subtle segmentation and miniature bristles. This article will aim to answer our reader's question of what this "worm" is. Continue reading [...]

Maggots Roaming Bathroom Floor Could be Clothes Moth Larvae or House Fly Larvae

"I have found about seven of these tiny white maggots on my bathroom floor this morning in various locations" states this reader about the short, maggot-like creatures pictured below. Our reader additionally asks where the creatures may be coming from and what she can do to get rid of them. Continue reading [...]

Black or Dark Brown Insect Found on Freshly-Laundered Clothing is Likely a Black Carpet Beetle Larva

"I found a worm-like insect [...] on my clothes" begins this reader in her query to us about the "black or dark brown", "tall" bug she discovered on her newly-washed clothing. She asks that we identify the bug, as well as tell her how to get rid of it. Continue reading [...]
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