Entomology (Study of Bugs)/tiny beatles love pasta
This beatle is black with a zigzag patterning that used a box of uncooked pasta as an apartment. There was more bug than lasagna! Didn't look like the typical dry foods one. One third the size of a ladybug. Will this be in the walls or will a good cleaning do it. Thanks
I strongly suspect you are describing carpet beetles, which would not eat pasta, but could have found their way into a box on their way to something of animal origin. Here is my standard reply to carpet beetle questions (they account for at least 80% of what I am asked):
Your bug is the larva of a carpet beetle (family Dermestidae, genus Anthrenus
). Here is more information:
Yours would be the "Varied Carpet Beetle," Anthrenus verbaci
, or a closely-related species.
One of these days I will put together my own fact sheet....Keeping your home clean of accumulating shed hair and skin flakes from people and pets always helps. Storing dry food (including dry pet food) in glass or metal containers with tight-fitting lids is essential. Put woolens and furs in a cedar chest.
Do NOT use chemical controls. Mothballs (naphthelene) are ineffective and moth crystals (paradicholorobenzene) are potentially carcinogenic.
Nine times out of ten, the insect that best fits such a generic description, and found indoors, is a carpet beetle in the family Dermestidae (genera Anthrenus, Trogoderma, and Attagenus in particular). Carpet beetle adults are not really a problem, and in fact help pollinate some kinds of wildflowers. The larvae, on the other hand, are the insect equivalent of juvenile delinquents.
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.
You can find many images of carpet beetles and their larvae online, including:
and also in my book, the "Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America." Feel free to get back to me if you can conclusively rule out carpet beetles (keeping in mind there are many species and much individual variation in color and pattern), and I'll try again. You can find more information on their control at any .edu website that addresses carpet beetles or "stored product pests" in general.
You give a perfect description of an adult carpet beetle, so I am pretty certain of the identification.