Found a Beetle in Bed? Here’s What to Know!

By proofPest

Oh no! Have you spotted a beetle in bed? You could find many different beetle species in your bedroom, but it can be challenging to understand what insects you’ve seen. 

Some beetles are harmless, while others can cause problems for household items. It’s essential to understand the difference to protect yourself and your home!

While any run-of-the-mill beetle can end up in your bedroom, there are a few species you’re more likely to see.

Check out our article, where we’ll give you everything you need to know about any beetle you may find crawling through your covers.

Carpet Beetle in Bed

Carpet beetles are common household pests that typically appear during spring or summer. 


Homeowners typically spot adult carpet beetles as these pests congregate around light fixtures, windows, and doorways to reach the outdoors. You may even see carpet beetles resting on your furniture too.

Like clothing moths and silverfish, carpet beetles are responsible for home and clothing damage. Preying on animal-based products, carpet beetles can quickly destroy wool or soiled cotton items. 

However, while you’re more likely to spot a fully-grown beetle crawling around, adults aren’t the troublemakers here! Carpet beetle larvae are primarily responsible for minor damage to rugs and clothing around your home. 

Whenever adult beetles sneak inside, they’ll lay eggs in the seams of couches, under rugs, or inside your closet. As the eggs hatch and the larvae emerge, these tiny pests will snack on the nearby fabric. 

After the adult beetles finish laying eggs, they’ll try to escape your home to reach food outside. Once developed, carpet beetles prefer to consume plant materials like pollen or nectar from flowers. 

Carpet beetle larvae are tiny, hairy critters, and it’s unlikely you’ll find one crawling around your bed. But don’t be surprised to see an adult trudging through your blankets! Even though they won’t eat fabrics, they’ll still stick around in these spots to lay eggs.

If you see an adult carpet beetle in bed, don’t panic. Larvae can only cause minor damage, and fully-grown pests can’t harm you. Plus, they’re pretty easy to get rid of too. 

You can vacuum up any beetles you see, adult or larvae. Run your vacuum along the seam of your mattress to catch possible beetles hiding away. Clean your covers and blankers to eliminate any stragglers. 

Drugstore Beetles in Your Bedroom

While typically more common in your cabinets or pantry, these annoying pests can end up anywhere with good food sources, including your bed or bedroom!

As their name suggests, drugstore beetles are nuisances for many pharmacies and feast on a collection of prescription and over-the-counter medications. These tiny brown beetles will also eat grain products and other pantry items. 

If you have an abundance of food or other attractants in your room, you could find a beetle in bed with you. Like other beetles and insects, drugstore beetles prefer heavily-lit spots and stick to areas with many lights. 

Drugstore beetles usually infest your home from already-infested food products or packages. If you’ve accidentally brought home a food product full of beetles, they could overrun other items in your pantry or spread out around your home. 

To prevent these pests from dispersing, remove infested food items from your pantry or your bedroom. While you’ll unlikely see them under the covers, they can venture out toward any crumbs or containers near your bed. 

It may be tempting to keep your hard-earned groceries, but it’s better to dispose of any infested materials. This will preserve your other food and ensure you won’t have any creepy crawlers in places they shouldn’t be. 

Beetle in Bed or Bed Bugs?

Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Literally!

If you’ve spotted strange-looking beetles in your bed, you may have found a bed bug infestation. These small, brown insects bundle up in your blankets, sheets, and your mattress’s seams. 

Bed bugs may look like regular beetles at a glance, but these blood-sucking pests are much different than your average kitchen or carpet beetle. 

With a small head and round, flat body, a bed bug can cause trouble whenever they creep inside your home. Typically sneaking out at night, bed bugs will bite at any exposed skin to acquire their blood meal. 

You can get bed bugs from infested hotels, motels, or vacation homes without knowing they’re nearby.

While a newly fed bed bug may look similar to a brown carpet beetle or a tick, you can usually differentiate these pests from the others. If the insect you’ve found in your bed doesn’t have a cinched head with a large abdomen, it’s probably not a bed bug.

Many DIY options can remove the run-of-the-mill beetle in bed, but bed bugs need professional pest control methods to eliminate their ranks. Plus, bed bugs can stick around for a long time if not properly eliminated, continuing to grow and breed new generations. 

Thankfully, here at proof., we cover all types of beetles that may infest your home. If you have bed bugs overstaying their welcome, we can eliminate them too.

Whenever you suspect bed bugs, give us a call! We will visit your home and inspect different areas for signs of bed bug activity. While known for infesting beds, they can also appear in furniture or wall fixtures. 

After two treatments, we guarantee your home will be bed bug-free. Find anymore after our two treatments? Get in touch with us, and we’ll return to lend a hand. 

Contact us today to learn more about our beetle and bed bug services!

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