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QUESTION: I left some clothes on my floor for 2 weeks and when I went to put them away there were brown 2 cm worm type bugs with lighter brown stripes.  they were all over  probably 30-40 of them all throught my room , and I found one that shed skin,  quite large. I even had 2 on my bed ! we cleaned out the room with bug spray and cleaner every corner and washed all the clothing . When I woke up this morning I had 2 on my pillow, im worried that these bugs may be harmful my house is clean were not a overly messy family . HELP !

ANSWER: Shelby,

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QUESTION: note: I also find them in the bath tub at times.

I can't see a lot of detail but I think this is the larva of one of the dermestid beetles, possibly the larder beetle. These beetles infest stored food like dry pet food. Check the area around where you find these for sources of stored food/beetle. Once found you can usually eliminate the infestation by cleaning and a light application of botanical insecticide (see for a related species). They are not otherwise harmful.

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I can answer questions about the control of pest insects, spiders, mites and related arthropods. These household pests include termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, nuisance ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, wasps, and many others. I can also answer questions about using pesticides and other pest control tools such as baits and traps.


I am a retired university extension entomologist. I've taught and conducted research in urban and agricultural entomology. I've published over 70 extension publications, 20 research publications and several books about insects.

Ph.D. in Entomology

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