Small Black Bug

Asked February 26, 2017, 11:31 AM EST

I found this small bug lying on the comforter on my bed, and I'm worried it might be a bed bug (although it doesn't really look like one to me). It's pretty slow and doesn't seem to be able to climb or jump. It does have wings, though. It has small white-ish markings/dots on its side. What type of bug is this? Why is it here? And what can I do to remove it?

Columbia County Georgia

1 Response

Dear Client,

Please rest assured, the insect in the digital image is not a bed bug!

Instead, that "bug" is actually a beetle called a carpet beetle. I am not sure which species of carpet beetle as there are a few species with white markings that rub off in your hands. I suspect it is a Glabrous Cabinet Beetle, Trogoderma glabrum.

Carpet beetles tend to be scavengers on animal and vegetable matter and can be considered pests when they feed on things that we prefer them not to feed on like stored pantry food, pet food, soiled clothing/carpet or clothing made natural fibers.

Sometimes, they contribute to housecleaning though when they feed on things that we forget about, can't reach or do not clean up. For example, both the immature larvae and the adults feed on dead skin cells, animal hairs that may collect in areas were humans and pets normally sleep, like in bed frames. Sometimes they feed on dead insects that collect on window sills or in porch lights. To manage them you need to find the source (what they are feeding on) and clean it up. But if you can't find the source they will clean it up for you.

Hope this or the web links help!