Do you know what it is?
I was unsure as to whether they were deathwatch beetles or common larder
beetles. The deathwatch is a wood borer where as the larder beetle which
looks similar is just a minor pest.
Well, it's definitely not death watch beetle. It's the wrong shape and
colour for that according to my book.
It is the right shape for a leaf beetle but not quite the right colour.
Is it complete? If the head is missing it makes it tricky to identify!
Any more pics?
That is bad news. I used to hear about carpet beetles, or more importantly,
their larvae, when I was in the army. Apparently they were introduced to UK
in bales of clothing returned from the far east.
The larvae are apparently fluffy/tufty, hence their nickname "woolly bear".
One way it manifests itself is as a thread you may find hanging from your
clothing. You pull it off and the garment starts to disintegrate. I don't
think there's a definitive cure, but since they come from warm humid climes,
I imagine dry cool conditions may help.
Co-incidently, we recently moved house to this one and pulled up some old
carpets - gave the underlay a good hoover with the dyson and had new carpets
put it. Perhaps they were munching the old threadbare carpet?
Yes, in UK.
Have a check on Google - I think there are some ways of getting rid of them.
Dunno if your local council can help but I'd try the DIY methods forst as
they are sure to be cheaper!
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