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What is this tiny little bug?? - Anthrenus verbasci

What is this tiny little bug?? - Anthrenus verbasci
Austin, Texas, USA
March 26, 2007
Size: 3-4mm in length

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What is this tiny little bug?? - Anthrenus verbasci What is this tiny little bug?? - Anthrenus verbasci

Moved from carpet beetles.

Moved from Beetles.

Thanks for all the comments!!
Thanks for all the comments!! We just had an exterminator come out, so hopefully that will help. Any other hints (besides vacuuming and cleaning dust bunnies) on how to get rid of these guys?

Also, can anyone tell me if they are harmful to people or pets? I imagine they aren't, but I just don't want them crawling all over me at night while I sleep (I've already found on my bed!). Thanks again everyone! What a great website!

pesticide treatment might be a temporary fix
atxwrx: Although it might be a bit time consuming, I'd suggest trying to find the source of these guys. A pesticide treatment will only get those beetles that are out in the open, and these guys can feed on things such as dried dog food, which won't likely be reached by a pesticide treatment (one would hope anyway). Some other potential food sources: wool carpets, stored products (check the pantry), mounted animal trophies (or dried dead critters in the attic), old rat bait (the rat poison in these doesn't affect the beetles, so it's like a buffet), and dead insects (such as killed lady beetles or boxelder bugs in the walls). Any larger infestations should be obvious when found: there will be cast larval skins and powdery frass present and likely the fuzzy little larvae as well. If you find the source, get rid of it or freeze it if it is something you want to keep (like a wool sweater). Freezing should kill them fairly easily. This is a fairly common problem I get from homeowners in our state, but as long as the source is found, it is usually easy to get under control.

These are not harmful to people or pets, and are actually quite common out in the environment too (they eat the pollen of many flowers).

Varied Carbet Beetle
The adult here is the result of the problem. The larve does the damage and can be found where organic material has formed (dust bunnies) Also you will find on roses at times.

I'ld suggest
looking here and watching your carpets! :)

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