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Hi! I've found three of these bugs in a bedroom. It's 1/8-1/4" long, has yellowish and black stripes. It wiggles like a snake and looks like it has several legs. A lot more than an insect. We have seen them climbing on walls in a bedroom. Thanks!

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Leslie,

This is the larva of a dermestid beetle, also called carpet beetles. Larvae feed on a wide variety of stored foods, dry pet foods, and natural fabrics. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for pictures and control info. If you search you'll probably find the source of the beetles in stored or discarded food (a dog biscuit, for example, can feed a lot of these beetles!). Once the source is found just clean the area. No insecticides are needed.

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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