Dark brown to black
From 2 mm to 5 mm long
Adult carpet beetles are oval-shaped and typically range in colour from light brown to black. They are often found in dark, undisturbed areas such as closets, attics, and basements.
Also known as
Varied Carpet Beetle, Furniture Carpet Beetle, Black Carpet Beetle, Common Carpet Beetle
How to identify Carpet Beetles
Carpet beetles, also known as dermestids, can be destructive pests in homes and businesses. They feed on natural fibres, including carpets, furniture, clothing and other fabrics, as well as pet hair, dead insects, and other organic matter. Identifying carpet beetles is essential for controlling them effectively.
Appearance: Carpet beetles are small, oval-shaped insects that can range in colour from brown to black, with white, yellow, or orange markings. They are about 1/8th of an inch in length.
Signs of Infestation: Carpet beetle larvae are generally the first signs of an infestation. They are small, hairy, and have brown or golden coloration. They are also covered in small bristles. They can be found feeding on carpets, furniture, clothing, and other fabrics.
Other signs of an infestation include shed larvae skins, adult beetles, and faecal pellets. Adult beetles may also be seen flying around windows and lights.
Damage: Carpet beetles feed on natural fibres, such as wool, fur, and leather. They also feed on pet hair and dead insects. They can cause extensive damage to carpets, furniture, clothing, and other fabrics.
Control: To control carpet beetles, it is important to identify the source of the infestation. Vacuum carpets and furniture regularly and dispose of the vacuum bags immediately. Launder fabrics and clothing regularly, and store them in airtight containers.
To prevent an infestation, inspect furniture, clothing, and other fabrics for signs of infestation. Repair any cracks or crevices where adult beetles can enter. Seal any openings around doors and windows.
Identifying carpet beetles is essential for controlling them effectively. If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a professional pest control company for assistance. They can apply the right treatments and provide advice on how to prevent future infestations.
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How Long Do Carpet Beetles Live?
Carpet Beetles typically live anywhere from 2–6 weeks depending on the species. The adult carpet beetle will feed on pollen and nectar from flowers, while the larval form of the beetle will feed on fabrics, fur, and other organic materials.
The life cycle of the carpet beetles consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The eggs are laid in fabrics and other materials and are very small and difficult to spot. The larvae will then hatch from the eggs and feed on the fabrics. After the larvae complete their feeding, they will enter into the pupa stage, where they will form a cocoon and eventually emerge as an adult carpet beetle. Once the adult emerges, it will then mate, lay eggs, and the cycle will repeat itself.
Carpet Beetles: Lifecycle
Carpet beetles belong to the family Dermestidae and their larvae are capable of damaging carpets, furniture and other materials made from natural fibres. These pests are found all over the world and can be a nuisance for homeowners.
The carpet beetle life cycle follows four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
The egg stage of the lifecycle is the first stage and begins when the female carpet beetle lays her eggs on the surface of natural fibres such as wool, fur, or feathers. The eggs are white and oval-shaped and can be difficult to detect with the naked eye. The eggs hatch in about two weeks and the larvae emerge.
The larvae are the second stage of the life cycle and can last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years depending on the species and temperature. During this stage, the larvae feed on any available organic material such as wool, fur, feathers, and carpets. They are oval-shaped and have a light-brown body with tiny hairs covering it.
The third stage of the lifecycle is the pupal stage. During this stage, the larvae become inactive and form a protective cocoon. This stage can last for up to 2 weeks.
The final stage of the lifecycle is the adult stage. The adult carpet beetles are oval-shaped and have a dark brown or black body with yellow and white markings. They have wings and are capable of flying. Adult carpet beetles are about 3 to 5 millimetres in size and can live for up to 2 months.
Once the adult carpet beetles have mated and laid their eggs, the life cycle begins again.
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