Do carpet beetles “sting”?

Varied carpet beetle larva. The tufts of hair on the final tail
segments (right) are barbed and have been associated
with dermatitis and gastrointestinal upset in some people.

Dermestid beetles (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) are among the most common indoor pests throughout the United States. The principal damage caused by these beetles occurs when they feed on stored products containing animal protein, such as woolen sweaters, rugs, silks, furs and feathers. Also products containing dried dairy…

Source: Insects in the City

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