Entomology (Study of Bugs)/carpet beetles

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can carpet beetles lay eggs inside stuffed animals and if so what should i do to make sure that they aren't my daughter isn't exposed to them.  i found 2 in her room.  i started vacuuming her room every day and we have central air.  how do i know that they are not in her vents?  also, if there are clothes in her closet and her draws should i be worried?

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Jackie,

Carpet beetles feed on natural fibers like wool or silk and stored foods, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html. It is unlikely that they would be inside a stuffed toy unless it is stuffed with natural fibers. They won't damage clothes unless there's a lot of them. See the page cited above for more suggestions. Finding a few of these beetles is very common and no reason for concern.

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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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Ph.D. in Entomology

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