One of our readers sent us a picture of a worm-like creature that she found in her home. She said that she has found more than one and by the sound of it, she is being plagued by these creatures. She does have carpet and she said that she is very disgusted by these creatures and wants to know what they are. After looking at the picture that she sent to us, this is definitely a carpet beetle larva.
Here is the picture that our reader sent to us:
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Carpet beetle larvae are found quite frequently in homes that have carpet. They like to eat feed on the carpet, but they also have been known to feed on furniture and clothing. They get up to about 5 mm in size and can be quite the pest. Our reader could be experiencing an infestation of the larvae currently.
These larvae are very destructive when they are in the home. They can leave large amounts of damage to the furniture or carpet that they feed on. Many people find them in their closets eating their clothing. They move from room to room when they run out of food and seek out more fabrics to dine on. Carpet beetle larvae also like to eat dust and dirt that can be found in the vents of the home.
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In order to keep the carpet beetle larvae away from clothing and furniture, it is important that our reader keeps her home clean. This includes all of the carpets, furniture, and all of the open vents in the home that can collect animal hair or dust. By keeping these areas clean, the carpet beetles will have no food source. This will cause them to leave our reader’s home and to find a new food source. If she continues to keep the house clean and dust free, she will be larvae free.