carpet beetle

carpet beetle

5957   Please help!  I’m finding this bug creeping along usually on fabric / furniture / carpet. Not really in kitchen or bathroom.   It’s about a little bigger than a fleck of pepper or so. Only find one at a time, never in a group – maybe see one every week or so. The body doesnt appear jointed. And the pix that looks like it has wings.  Never seen them fly. Location: apartment in Toronto, Ontario.  Have only noticed them recently, say, since October-ish. Noticed one this evening crawling on my cat as she slept!!!  Would love to know how to get rid of them.  Your help in identifying is greatly appreciated. Nancy

This looks like a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), possibly in the genus Attagenus – see http://tinyurl.com/hngt3cj for an example. Check around the margins of your carpeting as well as any fabrics containing wool or silk to see if you can find any larvae that look like this: http://tinyurl.com/hr3qzn5. If you do, see http://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for some control advice. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.