Variegated Carpet Beetles
Variegated Carpet Beetles in Ohio are a common household pest that is often times misidentified. The beetle feeds on natural fibers and dead insects, and can damage carpets and clothing. As a larva, carpet beetles are about 1/5 of an inch big. They are very small, fuzzy and appear to be segmented because of their alternating yellow and brown stripes. They are often described as a very small and hairy caterpillar. As an adult, they are the typical beetle shape, with a characteristic divide lengthwise through the middle. Adults are multicolored with a pattern of white, brown and yellow spots.