Quick Information on Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles

Description


Varied carpet beetles get their name from the rainbow of colour on their back surfaces.


Colour: Black centres with white, brown and yellow patches in an irregular arrangement

Legs: Six

Shape: Round

Size: 1/16 inch

Antennae: Yes

Flying: Yes


Habits


These pests enjoy dining on carpets, woolen fabrics, dead insects, furs, hides, feathers, horns, hair, silk and bones. It can take 249-354 days to three years for varied carpet beetles to grow from an egg to an adult.


Habitat


Varied carpet beetles are found in homes, attics, oriental carpets, tapestries and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting.


Threats


Varied carpet beetles feed on dead insects, but also feed on upholstery and carpet, so they can damage those materials. They can also damage clothing fabric.


Prevention


As with moths, to avoid varied carpet beetle infestations, store clothing in plastic containers. Dry clean clothing thoroughly before storing for long periods of time.

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