What is this bug and how do I destroy it?
February 19, 2007 7:35 AM   Subscribe

I have found destructive insects living in a wool rug (photos 1, 2, 3). I'd like to know what they are, and more importantly, how to prevent them from re-appearing.

In the third picture are what I thing might be egg cases made from rug fibers (that's the rug's color). I've had this rug for about ten years, but have never had this problem before. I moved a year ago, and the part of the rug with the most damage is right next to the return for my house's AC system—I suspect the bugs were living in the duct behind that.

I'm taking the rug into the cleaners, and will have an AC service clean out the duct, but I want to make sure I cover my bases.
posted by adamrice to Home & Garden (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: You have carpet beetle larvae. The University of Florida has some tips on dealing with the pests, while OldCarpet offers info and service for restoring the rug afterward.
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:48 AM on February 19, 2007

Seconding carpet beetle, also known as 'woolly bears'.
posted by essexjan at 8:25 AM on February 19, 2007

Response by poster: That was quick. Thanks, AskMe!
posted by adamrice at 9:38 AM on February 19, 2007

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