Small Creatures are Carpet Beetle Larvae, Not Silverfish

A reader just reached out to us about some creatures she has been finding in her home. She finds 1-2 of them along the wall of her bathroom and kitchen floor every 2-3 days. The organisms are very tiny, “kind of like lint from dark clothing.” She contacted pest control and they believe she is dealing with silverfish. After examining the photos she provided, we disagree. We believe the specimens our reader has been finding are carpet beetle larvae, not silverfish.

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Silverfish and carpet beetle larvae have similar tear-shaped bodies, so we understand the mix up. However, we recognize these critters as a carpet beetle larvae by the brown stripes and long tail.

Getting rid of carpet beetle larvae is relatively straight forward, it just requires some dedicated cleaning to eliminate their food sources. Carpet beetle larvae eat animal products (such as leather, wool, and feathers), dust, pet food, crumbs, and other small particles. In a house they might cause damage to upholstered furniture and linens. The larvae can be tricky to get rid of because they can survive for long periods of time without food, and they can roam around a house looking for additional food sources. Our reader should look for their original food source and remove it from her home immediately.

She should also begin a daily cleaning regime until the carpet beetle larvae are gone. This should involve doing laundry, sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting. As we mentioned before, getting rid of carpet beetle larvae means getting rid of any small morsels hiding around her house that the larvae can feed on. To prevent future visits from carpet beetle larvae our reader can continue to keep up with a cleaning regime. She can also store extra linens, bedding, and out-of-season clothing in airtight containers.

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To sum up, one of our readers found carpet beetle larvae in her home. As most of our site visitors know, we write about carpet beetle larvae every week, and we are confident that our reader can say goodbye to these unwanted visitors with some dedicated cleaning.

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Small Creatures are Carpet Beetle Larvae, Not Silverfish
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Small Creatures are Carpet Beetle Larvae, Not Silverfish
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A reader found carpet beetle larvae in her home. As most of our site visitors know, we write about carpet beetle larvae every week, and we are confident that our reader can say goodbye to these unwanted visitors with some dedicated cleaning.
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