Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Random bug



I've found a few of these bugs in my house and don't know what they are. I found one on a curtain and one on a wall. What is it and what do  I need to do about it?
Thank you,

Dear Alli - Your image is too fuzzy for me to be absolutely certain, but I strongly suspect that this is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), such as a a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci - see http://tinyurl.com/4d8frnq for an image and http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information including control recommendations.

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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