Entomology (Study of Bugs)/bug identification

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Thank you for your time.  I recently discovered some small bugs in our kitchen and would like help figuring out what they are. The bug is approximately 1/8 of an inch long. I can't tell how many legs it has but I will include a photo. We live in Southern California, Riverside county. If you know what type it is, do you know how to get rid of them also?  Much thanks.

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April,

This is a dermestid beetle larva. These beetles are sometimes called carpet beetles and there are several different species. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for details about one of the carpet beetles found in homes. Post a follow up if you have questions.

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Jack DeAngelis

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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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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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