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How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs or Carpet Beetles

Bed bugs are frequently mistaken for carpet beetles, but a closer look at their larvae reveals distinct differences. Bed bug larvae resemble tiny worms, while carpet beetle larvae take on the appearance of miniature fuzzy caterpillars. Additionally, the two pests have different habits:

  • Carpet beetles devour fabrics like carpet and wool
  • Bed bugs feed on blood and hide near sleeping areas
Carpet beetle up close

Carpet Beetles vs. Bed Bugs

Despite their similar oval-shaped and tiny appearance, carpet beetles and bed bugs differ significantly. Carpet beetles vary in color, have short antennae, and are typically smaller than bed bugs.

Bed bugs, on the other hand, are reddish-brown, flat, and about the size and shape of an apple seed. Their eyes are visible up close, distinguishing them from carpet beetles. The most notable distinction lies in their larvae – bed bug larvae are longer and thinner, resembling worms, while carpet beetle larvae take the form of tiny fuzzy caterpillars.

Do Both Bed Bugs and Carpet Beetles Bite?

Bed bugs are notorious for their bites, which occur at night and can result in red, itchy marks due to their blood-feeding habits. In contrast, carpet beetles do not bite. While they can cause bumpy, itchy rashes from larvae fibers, these symptoms are often confused. Seeking medical attention is crucial if symptoms become serious.

Identifying Bed Bugs or Carpet Beetles in Suffolk County & Nassau County

Though bed bugs and carpet beetles may share some visual similarities and cause comparable symptoms, they are quite different. However, it’s never pleasant to have bugs crawling around your home. If you have an infestation, regardless of whether they’re bed bugs or carpet beetles, contact your local exterminator to get rid of the problem quickly!

How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs or Carpet Beetles Serving Long Island and surrounding areas

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