One of our readers found a larva or worm-like creature on her bed. She is very concerned that it could be harmful to her. She emailed us wanting to make sure that it won’t affect her and was curious to know just exactly what it is. She did include some pictures and after viewing those, we have determined that the worm-like creature is a carpet beetle larva.
Here are the pictures that she sent to us:
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Finding carpet beetle larvae in the home is not at all unusual. The larvae generally feed on household items such as carpet, pet hair, dust, feathers, and clothing. If carpet beetle larvae are spotted in the home, it is important to make sure all of your clothes are covered in plastic in order to keep them from tearing holes in them. They will feed on fibers until they are completely destroyed and then move onto other items in the home.
Although carpet beetle larvae generally feed on fibers around the home, it is not unusual for them to feed on cereal or pet food in the home.
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Carpet beetle larvae are not usually harmful to humans, but they are a nuisance. If the home is kept very clean, they will begin to move onto another food source. If they do not have the dust and debris to feed on, they will no longer want to be in the home of our reader.