I have small, worm-like, tan-colored bugs living in my carpets. They taper at one end to a darker brown color. What are they? How can I remove them?
The description sounds like carpet beetles or cabinet beetles. These beetles feed on woolen items as well as dead insects, pet and human hair trapped in carpets and food items in pantries. They can be very difficult to control, so it is recommended you consult a pest management professional.
I have been noticing increasing numbers of a small, reddish brown beetle in my new home. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them?
It sounds like you may be dealing with foreign grain beetles. The foreign grain beetle feeds on molds that sometimes occur inside walls of newly built homes. During construction, moisture invariably wets wood and becomes trapped in walls thereby allowing molds to grow. The beetles find this mold and begin breeding, then months or even a year later, the adults start emerging, sometimes in large numbers. Eventually, the walls dry out, the molds die and so do the beetles. In the meantime, treatment beneath baseboards and the voids behind electric outlets using a dry residual dust product can reduce the numbers of beetles seen. You may wish to hire a professional company, like Terminix, to positively identify the beetles involved and to make treatment recommendations.
In the summer, I find small, reddish brown bugs shaped like a grain of rice in my cabinets and dry foods. What are they? Can I get rid of them?
This description sounds like flour beetles or saw-toothed grain beetles. If you have a dog, you may be bringing them into your home inside dog food, dog biscuits, etc. The beetle population in these infested products then grows, and they move outside the bag where you see them. Go through all dried food goods and inspect for dead or live beetles. Throw out all infested foods. Store all such foods, including pet foods in plastic or glass containers with tight-fitting lids. If you do bring home infested product, the infestation will be contained to that one item making it easier for you to tell the origin.