- Colour Dark brown to black
- Size From 2 mm to 5 mm long
- Also known as Furniture carpet beetles, varied carpet beetles and black carpet beetles.
- Description All varieties of carpet beetle are oval in shape, with chewing mouthparts, and very short clubbed antennae.
Why do I have carpet beetles?
Adult carpet beetles prefer to be in the open air, but are often carried into homes on plants or flowers. They like to lay their eggs in carpets, furs, wool, leather, birds' nests, spider webs, and animal carcasses, all of which may be found in or near your home.
When these eggs then hatch into larvae, they seek out dark, dry, secluded places, like air ducts, collected lint, dry dog food, wool, and stored grains or spices.
These serve both as shelter and food for the larvae until they pupate and become fully grown carpet beetles, which can take anything from weeks to years, depending on the species.
How worried should I be about carpet beetles?
Carpet beetle larvae can leave irregular holes in carpets and fabric, and eating through whole chunks of wool, silk, feathers, and leather.
The bristly hairs found on carpet beetle larvae can cause skin irritation. Meanwhile, when they molt, their dead skin can cause allergic reactions and dermatitis in sensitive individuals.
Once you spot adult carpet beetles around your windows, it is usually a sign there are eggs or larvae hidden somewhere in your home – and it's time to call professional pest control.
How can I prevent carpet beetles invading?
Regularly check surrounding plants for beetles, Vacuum out lint, hair, dead insects, and other debris, Check window screens, doors, and vents for durability, Remove spider webs, dead animals, and birds' nests, Frequently clean rugs, drapes, furniture, closets, and fabrics
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