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Hi can you please help identity this bug? Found 3 in daughters bed, I tried searching the internet but can't seem to figure out what they are. What to see if this can be a pest and if I need to get rid of the mattress or contact an exterminator. It's very tiny white with black ends, doesn't look like a worm...

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Dear Mera - This appears to be a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), likely in the genus Anthrenus - see http://tinyurl.com/4c372s4 for an example. These insects are cosmopolitan in distribution, and can occur nearly anywhere (we find the occasional specimen in our home). They can feed on an incredibly wide variety of organic materials (including accumulations of dead insects), so complete control can be a challenge; see http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for a comprehensive publication on carpet beetles and their control.

Hope this helps,
Saugy

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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.

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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.

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

Publications
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.

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

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