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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.

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Cathy,

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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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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