Jack I keep finding these randomly in the house how do I get rid of them, what are they and where do they come from? Please help.
This is the larva of a carpet beetle, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for pictures of the adult beetle and larva as well as control information. These are very common in homes and no reason for concern. They can infest stored food so you'll want to check around in areas where food, including dry pet food, is stored.
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