We received a question from a reader who is dealing with an insect in his kitchen and bathrooms. He said he has seen it in different sizes, and the smallest ones can barely be seen and are lighter in color. Finally, he said he cleans the bathroom every day but this creature still appears.
He attached a photo, but it is not of the best quality. The bug is oval shaped, brown, and appears to have some appendages and two antennas. Without a better close-up image, it is hard to say for sure what this creature could be. However, based on where he has been finding it and it’s general appearance from the photo we think this is a carpet beetle.
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We often have readers who deal with carpet beetles in their larval form. Carpet beetle larvae are smaller than carpet beetles. They are more orange than brown, and are covered in tiny hairs. If our reader is dealing with carpet beetles and their larvae, this could explain the variety of sizes of creatures he has been finding.
In order to remove carpet beetle and their larvae, our reader needs to eliminate the food source. Carpet beetle larvae feed on a variety of fibers, materials, and dust particles. Since our reader said he has been cleaning his bathroom every day, perhaps the food source is not something as obvious as dust or pet fibers. These larvae could be feeding on bathroom towels that haven’t been used in a while. He should begin by replacing all the linens in his bathroom, either disposing of the old ones or getting them professionally cleaned. In addition, he should continue to sanitize his bathroom and the other rooms in his house to ensure no potential food sources exist for these carpet beetles and their larvae.
If he is still finding these creatures around his house, he might consider contacting a professional to help him in dealing with the situation.
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Finally, although we are fairly confident he is dealing with carpet beetles and their larvae, the quality of the picture allows for some doubt. It is possible that this is a different species of bug, which would imply there are different procedures he should follow to get rid of it.