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Bed Bugs vs Carpet Beetle

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

A bed bug infestation is the pest problem that panics home and property owners the most. Although bed bugs are not linked to any diseases or health risks, they cause all kinds of mental distress because people fear being bitten in the middle of the night. This increased fear and awareness of bed bugs means that any small insect that may look sort of like a bed bug is often confused for one.

Many people confuse the bed bug and the carpet beetle, since these two bugs happen to look quite similar. The carpet beetle is very common in homes and properties and people continually ask if they have found the first signs of a bed bug infestation when they see a carpet beetle. Just like bed bugs, carpet beetles are small and flat as well, which makes them easy to mix up. So, what’s the difference between carpet beetles and bed bugs?

What is a Bed Bug?