Carpet Beetle UK

Carpet Beetle UK – Control and Treatment

Carpet Beetle UK. In the UK Carpet beetles larvae feed on natural fibers including wool, silk, leather etc., leaving your carpets, rugs and upholstery in an irreparable state.

Carpet beetle infestations are difficult to detect, but once discovered you have to act quickly to avoid the larvae gaining access to your carpets and rugs which can result in large irreparable damage.

Types Of Carpet Beetles – Carpet Beetle UK

Varied carpet beetle Anthrenus verbasci.
Varied carpet beetle Anthrenus verbasci.

There are two main kinds of carpet beetles in the UK; common or webbing carpet beetle, which has been around for years and is generally associated with clothing by preying on dead human and animal skin cells – the larvae feed on the scales from these skin cells.

The other variety beetle is called black carpet beetle. They are smaller and darker than the common variety, their larvae are also different because they feed on dead insects and even bits of plant material which can cause a lot of damage to carpets.

Varied Carpet Beetles (Anthrenus verbasci

This beetle is commonly known as the varied carpet beetle. It belongs to a family of beetles that feed on fabric and carpets, which makes it problematic for homes and museums where they can cause damage by eating natural fibers. The larvae may also be hazardous in insect collections because their feces contains an enzyme (anaphylatoxin) capable of digesting keratin-based materials such as hair or feathers. A classic example of circannual rhythms exists with this species due to its regular annual pattern; behaviorally speaking, adults become more active during springtime before hibernating again through winter months when mating occurs once more upon waking up from dormancy.“


The Varied carpet beetle, or Anthrenus verbasci (adult), varies in size from 1.7mm to 3.5mm and is almost spherical in shape with a mixture of white-, light brown- and dark brown spots on its body which can even have greyish colour as an older specimen. The larva is called woolly bears due to their furry appearance; they’re mostly found being brown but also range from 5 mm long up till 12 cm depending on the species.


The larvae feed on natural fibres, including dead insects, animal hair, feathers. They also feed on keratin. The adult Varied carpet beetle feeds off pollen from plants’ nectar and wheat seeds oats rice as well as other packaged food in your home like flour or cereal . A variety of materials at home are suitable for their diet preferences too such as clothes which have fur , soft furnishings made up with wool etc… This means that clothes carpets & rugs homes clothing all should be inspected against the varied Carpet Beetle!

UK Carpet Beetles Habitat

This beetle is native to most of Europe, North Africa, and some regions in Asia. Though they are pests that infest homes as well as warehouses and museums sometimes, the adults emerge between late May through August every year. They fly great distances for food sources so open windows or cracks make it easy for them to get inside your home easily from outside too.

Life cycle

The life expectancy of an adult beetle is about 1-3 years. They reproduce by laying eggs in dark places, which makes the house appealing to them because it provides shelter and safety from predators. This can be especially problematic under rugs, furniture or other areas where they might lay their eggs like closets.

In the spring and early summer, larvae hatch from eggs in nests of birds (including those of house sparrows) or around stored fabrics.

The adult beetles emerge between late May and early August, flying to nearby plants for food. They live about two weeks before mating occurs and laying the eggs. The cycle then starts over again as more larvae hatch from these eggs!

Fur Beetle

The Attagenus pelio, also known as the fur beetle or carpet beetle, is an insect that can cause significant damage to stored products such as furs and textiles. The four-six mm long oval shaped bug has two patches of white hair on its elytra which helps distinguish it from other beetles in a similar taxonomic family.


The adult Fur beetle (Attagenus pellio) is black, oblong and reaches length from 4.5mm to 6mm. Its body has tiny white hairs and also two small white spots on its back which are how it’s mainly recognized by people and pest technicians. The larvae have a distinctive tuft of long hairs projecting backwards .

Food preferences

The larva of the Fur beetle feeds on a wide variety of natural material. This includes dead animals, fur, wool and hair, among other things. The adult beetles will also eat cereal and vegetables as well as pollen from flowers blooming in springtime.


The Fur beetle is a type of insect that can be found in Europe and the United States. It’s also pretty common throughout much of England, so it might not surprise you to learn there are several different species within this genus alone—around eight or nine, depending on who you talk with.

Leather Beetle


The adult Leather beatle is easily identify by its dark, elongated oval-shape with a white underside and hard wings. It’s 5mm to 10mm in size and varies between black or brown colors depending on their age. The larvae are longer than the adults but share similar features like hairiness as well as an orange stripe running down their backs.


The leather beetle is an interesting scavenger that feeds on dead animal materials, like hair, skin, feathers and dried fish but has also been known to attack live turkeys. They will even feed off of dog food or cheese in rare instances as well as bacon and poultry.


The Leather beetle is a common pest in commercial premises where there are lots of dead animals, like slaughterhouses and food storage.

There might be one nearby your home as well! If you find them inside it means that they have laid their eggs somewhere safe for the young ones to hatch – most likely in some wooden part of your house or even hidden in destroyed animal skin (maybe someone was drying out leather?).

Leather beetles live around 2-3 months depending on how much food they can scrounge up before winter comes again…

So if you suspect that you have an infestation of either type of carpet beetle in your home, then it’s advisable to reach for the phone right away and call in the professionals to take care of this nasty pest problem before it gets out of control, appearing in more places throughout your home!

Carpet Beetles FAQ – Carpet Beetle UK

1.What are carpet beetles?

Carpet beetles are small, black or brown beetles that can infest homes, particularly in the fall. They often feed on fabrics such as wool and silk, but they can also feed on hair, skin, and other animal products.

2.What do carpet beetles look like?

Carpet beetle larvae are small and hairy, while the adults are black or brown and about 1/5 of an inch long.

3.Do carpet beetles bite?

No, carpet beetles do not bite.

4.What do carpet beetle larvae eat?

Carpet beetle larvae eat fabric, hair, skin, and other animal products.

5.Do carpet beetles reproduce in my home?

It is possible, but not likely. Carpet beetle reproduction usually takes place outdoors, where the larvae feed on plants and soil. However,if there is an ample food supply inside your home, the beatles may reproduce there.

6.What should I do if I have a carpet beetle infestation?

If you have a carpet beetle infestation, you should contact a pest control professional. The professionals will be able to identify the species of beetle and recommend the most appropriate treatment.

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