There is nothing worse than getting bed bugs in your home except, maybe, hearing the Spanish word for Piranha in a shrilled voice while you're swimming across a lake in Paraguay. As household pests go, most people would consider bed bugs the worst and that is why it is so important to be able to tell the difference between a bed bug and a carpet beetle. Both of these bugs may crawl around in your bed, but only one of them wants to feed on your blood.
As adults, carpet beetles and bed bugs can be about the same size, which is to say, about the size of a sunflower seed. But you will immediately see a difference between these two pests if you know what you're looking for. Carpet beetles and bed bugs have vastly different coloring. If the bug you have crawling around in your bed is black, brownish, or red, it may be a bed bug but if it is white, gray, and tannish, it is most likely a carpet beetle.
The second way you'll easily be able to identify these two insects from each other is also simple: if the bug can fly, it isn't a bed bug. Carpet beetles have working wings and are able to fly, bed bugs can not.
Bed bugs are in your home for one reason and one reason alone, they have come to feed on any warm-blooded creature in the house. Carpet beetles have a much different reason why they are in your home and crawling around in your bed. These insects feed on a wide range of things such as furs, wools, feathers, skin, hair, and dead insects, but it is the larval stage of this insect that does the most damage. You're likely to find holes in your clothing, bedding, and furniture, long before you notice a bunch of adult carpet beetles crawling around. The larval stage of this insect can last 60 to 325 days.
It is easy to think you have bed bugs when carpet beetles invade, especially if you are allergic to them and develop a bumpy rash that looks like bites. But these two pests are quite different, and they come into your house for different reasons.
If you live in our Pennsylvania service area and you want to get rid of bed bugs or carpet beetles, Witt Pest Management is the right choice. We are QualityPro certified, Green Shield certified, and an affiliate of the National Pest Management Association. You'll get friendly service, and the most advanced pest control, with us every time. Get rid of bugs and keep them out with Witt Pest Management.