“Worm” Found in Bed Sheets is Probably Carpet Beetle Larva

We just heard from a reader who found a worm-like organism crawling in his bed sheets. He asked us if its presence is an issue and if he should worry about it. He also sent us a photo of the creature, but it is hard to identify the specimen since the picture is a little out of focus:

UPDATE! All About Worms has partnered with HealthLabs so that
you can get tested for parasites at a fully-qualified lab near you,
no doctor's visit required
! Check it out at HealthLabs.com!

We know that the specimen is brown, small, and where it was discovered. Based off this information, we think the creature is probably a carpet beetle larva. Although we can’t clearly identify it based on the photo, we believe this is a likely scenario.

Carpet beetle larvae are common household visitors that feed on various things found throughout a home. Their food sources include animal products (such as feathers, wool, fur), linens and fabrics, pet fur, pet food, dust, crumbs, and other small particles that collect in the corners of a lived-in house! As their name suggests, they also sometimes eat carpets and upholstered furniture.

Since this little creature was discovered in our reader’s bed, its main food source is probably something on the bed or near the bed area. Our reader should look for signs of infestation and damage on his comforter, pillows, mattress, and carpet. He can also search for carpet beetle larvae droppings, which look like rust colored dust. Once he finds the damaged items, he should remove them from his home and either dispose of them or have them professionally cleaned to destroy eggs. In general, everything near and around his bed should be cleaned to destroy unseen carpet beetle eggs. In addition, he should begin a cleaning routine to eliminate potential food sources. He should do laundry, vacuum, sweep, and dust every day until he is no longer finding any carpet beetle larvae.

No Paywall Here!
All About Worms is and always has been a free resource. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or make you give us your email address, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to pay our research authors, and to run and maintain the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep All About Worms free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
What info did we provide for you today?:

In conclusion, one of our readers discovered a small, brown worm-like organism in his bed. We are confident that the creature is a carpet beetle larva. In order to get rid of carpet beetle larvae, our reader will need to begin a daily cleaning routine to get rid of their potential food sources.

Summary
"Worm" Found in Bed Sheets is Probably Carpet Beetle Larva
Article Name
"Worm" Found in Bed Sheets is Probably Carpet Beetle Larva
Description
A reader discovered a small, brown worm-like organism in his bed. We are confident that the creature is a carpet beetle larva.
Author

Leave a Comment (but to submit a question please use the "Submit a Question" link above; we can't respond to questions posted as a comment)

Menu / Search

All About Worms