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Yellow Shell of Worm-like Bug is the Shed Skin of a Carpet Beetle Larva

"I found this weird worm-like bug in my couch months ago and then today, I was dusting and found what looks like a shell of it on a picture frame in the same living room," says this reader about the yellow matter in the photograph below. Our reader asks for our help in identifying the creature, as well as with answering the question of whether or not she needs to call an exterminator. Continue reading [...]

Black, Shiny Worms Weaving In Between Couch Cushions are Black Carpet Beetle Larvae

"I have found these black, shiny worms [...] weaving in and out of my couch under the cushions in the creases" says this reader about an unphotographed critter that has been causing her trouble. She asks if we can help identify them for her. Continue reading [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bug of Brown Stripes and Bantam Bristles is a Carpet Beetle Larva

"I found this bug in my pantry. I'm not sure what it is?" asks this reader about the little critter photographed below. The bug looks to have a bristly, ovate body and has horizontal stripes of varying shades of brown; it looks exactly like a carpet beetle larva. Continue reading [...]
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