Ask The Entomologist about odd beetles

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I have a infestation of “odd beetle”. How can I get rid of same?

It is very strange that you have an infestation of odd beetles.  They rarely reach pest status even though they are common in the U.S.  Odd beetles are related to carpet beetles and have a similar biology.  As with carpet beetles, you need to find the materials that the larvae are feeding on and either clean it, treat it, or get rid of it.  They will feed on materials made of animal products such as leather, hides, fur, felt, and accumulated pet hair.  Once the food source has been found and treated then the beetles should go away.