Pest Facts: Carpet Beetles
There are four common species of carpet beetles that invade homes. These species are the Black Carpet Beetle, Furniture Carpet Beetle, Varied Carpet Beetle, and the Common Carpet Beetle. Most of these beetles can damage carpet, clothing, Textiles, furs, and plant materials.
- Color: Color may vary
- Legs: 3 pair
- Shape: Oval, small
- Size: 1/16th to 1/8 inches
- Antennae: Yes
- Flying: yes
- Region: All 50 states
All carpet beetles larvae feed on a wide variety of animal and plant materials such as wool, hair, furs, feathers, silk, leather, rice, mold spores, wheat, cereal, and other processed foods. Adult beetles feed only on plant nectar and pollen.
Beetle larvae and adults live in various places within a structure near their animal food sources. Common places are bird and rodent nests, furs, wool carpet, linens, and behind baseboards where hair and lint accumulate.
They do not spread diseases, but their body parts can use cause allergic reactions in humans.
Eliminate the primary sources of the infestation. Follow good sanitation practices.