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Lately I've been seeing these teeny tiny little larvae, they're fuzzy, got a rigged body, have a little red spot on either their top or bottom, move a little quick, but not really. I see them on walls from time to time, usually a week apart. I am terrified of roaches, so I'm pretty sure these arent those, do you know what they are? I could not get a photo, and they seem to be a little to small to photograph anyway. Please, I need help.


Ninety percent of the time, a description like this ends up being the larvae of carpet beetles in the genus Anthrenus , family Dermestidae.  Did they look like this:

or at least very similar?  If so, you can consult any ".edu" website in your search results for "carpet beetle" or "Anthrenus" or "Dermestidae" for suggested control measures.

Generally, prevention is the best way to deal with them:

Carpet beetle larvae feed on all manner of dried animal products, including, but not limited to:  pet food, taxidermy mounts, cured meats, insect collections (like mine, ARG!!), wool blankets and garments, silks, furs, even the accumulated shed hair of pets and people.

All you have to do is find the infested item(s) and discard it (them).  To prevent future infestations, store all vulnerable foodstuffs in glass or metal containers with tight-fitting lids.  Store woolens, furs, and silks in a container inside a cedar chest, as cedar has proven repellent qualities and is not carcinogenic, unlike moth crystals.  Forget mothBALLS, as they are totally ineffective.

Hope this helps.  Ask a follow-up question if necessary.


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Eric R. Eaton


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