Carpet Beetles

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Varied Carpet Beetles – What Are They?

Varied Carpet Beetles (Anthrenus verbasci) are tiny beetles belonging to the family Dermestidae.

Beetles resemble dull coloured ladybirds, no larger than 4mm long, with an almost spherical shape.

How Are Carpet Beetles Controlled?

Carpet Beetles are common household pests, remaining active in our heated properties throughout the year.

The first time we often see these insect pests is on window sills in late spring and summer.

Adult carpet beetles become attracted by the abundance of ultraviolet (UV) light. Once on the window sill they very quickly dehydrate and perish.

Beetles are commonly Mistaken for bed bugs because they frequent the dusty areas around bedroom furniture and beds.

How Do Carpet Beetles Enter Homes?

Buildings become attractive to beetles in the warmer months, where they come in search of suitable food for their young.

They also arrive on and in, furnishings and effects people bring into their house.

Like carpet moths, beetle larvae don’t just feed on mammalian skin flakes and woollen carpets.

Alternative foods include desiccated dead birds, rodents, bird’s nests and wasp nests found in the cavities and void spaces of almost all properties.

Common points of entry into our homes include air bricks, open doors, roofs, windows and vents, etc.

These access points allow varied carpet beetles easy access into attics and under-floor spaces.

Carpet Beetle Larvae (Woolly Bears)

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Carpet Beetle Larvae – Often Mistaken For Bed bugs.

Varied Carpet beetles live for about a month, during which they mate. The female varied carpet beetle will lay around a hundred eggs.

Carpet beetle larvae hatch from the eggs (growing to roughly 4 – 5mm in length).

Large numbers of larvae devour the textiles or other natural products, over a period of almost a year before pupating and developing into adults.

Beetle larvae complete their development after as long as two years!

Emerging adults will have fed on animal-based products such as woollen carpets, skins, hides, and stored food products like nuts and grains.

When you remove affected materials or temperatures drop, the larvae can enter a form of hibernation, referred to as diapause.

During diapause, larvae remain dormant until conditions or food availability becomes favourable again.

The state of diapause highlights the importance of using residual insecticides to eliminate beetles once diapause ends.

What Damage Do Carpet Beetles Create?

Varied carpet beetle larvae will feed on a broad range of food sources, such as furs, carrion, bird nests, wasp nests, carpets, rugs and clothing.

Damage to property quickly runs into hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

In many cases, elimination of infestations using professional methods and chemicals is the only way to be sure to abate the problem satisfactorily.

Do Carpet Beetles Bite?

No. The adult carpet beetles do not have biting mandibles or mouthparts!

Do Carpet Beetle Larvae Bite?

No. Carpet beetle larvae feed purely on your carpet and have no biting mouth parts that can effectively penetrate human skin.

Never, never say though, because we have seen no documented cases of bites from these larvae, does not mean it cannot happen.

Do Carpet Beetles Fly?

Yes; Carpet beetles do have the ability to fly, and this is a key reason they can access the vulnerable roof voids of our homes as well as enter through openings that include windows.

Are Carpet Beetles Harmful?

In small numbers, they are nothing to be concerned about because regular and effective housekeeping should quickly eliminate them.

In large numbers the damage caused can begin quite discreetly and then become increasingly more serious, so proactive control is always recommended.

Sprays, steam, traps, fumigation and many other methods of control are available, but a thorough inspection by a professional is vital to success.

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