Carpet Beetle

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Carpet Beetle

Description:

Carpet BeetleSmall, round insects normally less than 1/4 inch long. The larvae are covered with bristles and vary in size depending on species.  Depending on the type , adults are a solid black while others can be spotted in color.

Behavior:

Carpet Beetle adults generally feed on pollen and plant substances.  They have the ability to fly.  Their larva are major fabric pest.  Certain species can heavily damage wool clothing.  Other species will chew carpet fibers and furniture fabrics.  The larval stage can last up to 11 months before changing into an adult beetle.

Control:

Carpet Beetle damage to clothing

Beetle Damage to Clothes

Carpet Beetle problems can be prevented with good cleaning practices.  Vacuuming pet hair from corners and carpet edges discourage theses issues.  Pest control applications also reduce adults around the house and stop them from laying eggs in the house.  Insecticide applications and removal of infested items can also prevent or remove these issues.

Fun Fact:

Although these beetles are a common fabric pest, their role in nature is to feed on decomposing animals.