Carpet Beetle

Scientific Name: Anthrenus verbasci | Genus: Anthrenus

adult bed bug cimex lectularius

The carpet beetle is known to be a bed bug look a like, however these pests are from the Dermestidae family (Skin Beetles).   There are 500-700 species of carpet beetles worldwide. They can range in size from 1 to 12 mm and feed primarily on dry animal or plant material.

The carpet beetle larvae begin to feed as soon as they hatch.  These beetles are attracted to soiled fabrics and crevices where dead insects may serve as a food source. The larvae of the carpet beetle are often referred to as “woolly bears” or “buffalo moths”.  Carpet beetles fly into our homes from outdoor landscaping.

Carpet beetles, like bed bugs are one of the more difficult pests to exterminate as they also hide in the cracks and crevices of our homes. However, general cleaning and pesticides are the treatment method for this pest.

adult bed bug on human skin

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