Carpet beetles are often mistaken for bed bugs even though after close examination they are distinctly different. The problem arises when the carpet beetle adults are found on clothing, carpet, furniture, leather products, feathers or skins (pelts) where these adults resemble the bed bug body shape. It is important to make a thorough inspection of the insect. Therefore, if there is an insect in question, a simple of the insect or a clear picture can be taken to verify accurate identification. This Simple act may save the homeowner a lot of angst and probably a bunch of money. According to the University of Kentucky Entomology department, beetles can also be found around baseboards feeding on pet hair. It is good information to know that carpet beetle larvae feed on animal-based materials. It is also interesting to know that adults do not feed on carpets, clothing and other items thought to be nourishment for them. They prefer pollen! It is the larvae that causes damage and feeds on a variety of food sources. Carpet beetle larvae can also feed on animal carcasses, bird nests, dead insects and even plant-based materials like pet food, bird seed and cereal. Identify the pest first by picture or sample to save money and perhaps the wrong treatment for the wrong insect pest.