Carpet beetles feed on a wide range of animal-based items, including silk, leather, fur, wool and animal hair. As a result, carpet beetles may infest carpets, upholstered furniture, blankets, coats, comforters, wool, pillows and clothing. While carpet beetles rarely attack synthetic fabrics, they may feed on these items when they are soiled by perspiration, oil and food. Infestations can spread quickly.
Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen and nectar outdoors. The larvae may eat seeds, animal food and other milled products in the pantry or kitchen. Although adult carpet beetles can thrive inside or outside, females prefer to lay eggs where larval food sources are abundant. Carpet beetles enter homes through doors, windows and other openings, although they may be brought in on cut plants and flowers, as well. Some carpet beetles make their homes inside the nests of birds or other animals and can live in walls or chimneys, feeding on dead insects and animals.
Both adults and larvae prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas. As a result, identification of an infestation can prove difficult. Because an infestation can go unnoticed until it is widespread, treatment is best left to pest control professionals. Contact your local expert for extermination options.
Carpet beetle larvae vary depending on species, but many measure 4 to 5 mm in length and have coarse hairs on their bodies. They are generally carrot-shaped to oval-shaped and brown to tan in color, with white and tan stripes. Hairs visible upon their backs easily identify carpet beetle larvae. Larvae of the black carpet beetle may grow as large as 8 mm in length and display brown and dark-yellow coloration. Their tail hairs are longer than those of other carpet beetle species.
The carpet beetle’s larval stage is when it is destructive. Larvae feed on fabric and other animal products such as leather, wool, feathers and fur. Carpet beetle larvae damage clothing, carpets, upholstered furniture and more. They also feed on dead insects, hides, milled products, pet food, crumbs, lint, felt and soiled clothing.
Carpet beetle larvae are capable of surviving long periods without food and are able to move from room to room in search of food sources. Although adult carpet beetles feed primarily on pollen and nectar, they may also invade human foods such as cereals, rice and flour. Identifying a carpet beetle infestation involves locating adults, cast-off skins or roaming larvae. Carpet beetles are rarely visible in the egg or pupal stages, as they remain hidden within fabrics.
Once we have conducted a site survey, we can assess the level of infestation to your carpet and flooring. We will select the correct insecticides to best target the key areas that will stop and protect your carpet from disappearing before your very eyes.