What Are Carpet Beetles?
Carpet Beetles, a group of small insects from the Dermestidae family, are known for their destructive appetite for natural materials. Despite their small size, these pests can wreak havoc on carpets, upholstery, clothing, and other valuable items made of natural fibers.
- Color: Their colors can include black, white, yellow, and brown combinations.
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Oval
- Size: They vary in size and appearance depending on the species. Generally, they range from 1/16 to 1/8 inches
- Antennae: Yes. Clubbed antennae distinguish them from other pests.
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Carpet Beetles Appearance
The life cycle of Carpet Beetles includes four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The larvae are particularly notorious for causing damage. Though they get their name from eating the fibers on your carpet, they will also eat virtually any natural fiber in or around your home, as well. They are small, hairy, and often covered in bristles. Larvae of some species are known as “woolly bears” due to their appearance.
Signs of an Infestation
Signs of a Carpet Beetle infestation manifest as irregular holes, chewed edges, and thinning fabrics on clothing, upholstery, and carpets. Shed skins and fecal pellets are common indicators of their presence. Damaged items may appear tattered and exhibit signs of insect activity.
At PMi Pest Management, we are dedicated to helping you tackle and prevent Carpet Beetle infestations. Our team of experts possesses the knowledge and tools to protect your textiles, fabrics, and belongings from these persistent invaders. Connect with us to arrange a consultation, and let us assist you in safeguarding your cherished items against these damaging pests.
Carpet Beetle Education
These pests can be found in various environments, including homes, warehouses, museums, etc. They are particularly attracted to areas with abundant natural materials like wool, fur, and feathers.
Carpet Beetles are notorious for damaging natural fiber-based materials. Carpet Beetles are not known to bite or sting humans, however. They feed on wool, silk, fur, feathers, and even pet hair. An infestation can damage fabrics, rugs, and upholstery extensively. Any natural fiber is fair game for a carpet beetle, but especially your carpets. The bottom like is your home isn’t safe if you have carpet beetles in it.