Carpet Beetles

 

Carpet beetles belong to the family referred to as dermestids. They are pests that are commonly found in homes, warehouses, museums, as well as other locations where there is food. There are also different species of carpet beetles, including the furniture carpet beetle, varied carpet beetle, as well as the black carpet beetle.

 

Pest Bio

 

Regardless of the species, carpet beetles, in general, go through a similar life cycle. The adults lay their eggs on a source of larval food, such as carpets, furs, or wooden fabric. The eggs are expected to hatch in two weeks. Afterwards, the larvae will feed within different periods, depending on the species, as well as conditions in the environment. Generally, they love dark and secluded places.

 

Description

 

Several carpet beetles species may actually damage fabrics. There are four species that are common, including the varied carpet beetle, furniture carpet beetle, black carpet beetle as well as common carpet beetle. Altogether, these species are generally considered as fabric pests. Several other common beetles look like larval and adult carpet beetles. For instance, the hide beetles, bird nest carpet beetles, as well as cabinet beetles look similar.

 

All of these species go through a complete metamorphosis. They start with egg, then larva, pupa, and lastly, adult. This is the same life cycle that a butterfly goes through. All adults are inconspicuous and small which are rarely visible by the homeowners. The adults may also be found not just indoors, but also outdoors, especially on gardens where are there are flowers. This is where they usually feed on pollen. At the same time, flowering shrubs like Pyracantha and Spierea are especially attractive to carpet beetles. However, other species of the flowering plants may also be visited.

 

Behavior

 

The damage caused by carpet beetles usually happens during the larval stage. They usually feed in undisturbed, dark locations, including dead animals, as well as animal products such as silk, wool, fur, leather, hair brushes, feathers, pet hair, and even on stored products such as some grains and spices. They do not usually thrive on synthetic fibers. It is not easy to tell the damage caused by carpet beetles. In general, however, they are mostly to damage a wide area on a particular area.

 

Prevention
Carpet beetles are often considered as among the most challenging indoor pests to deal with because they have this capability to look for food in unexpected places. They can also widely disperse through the entire building. The success in the control process highly depends on the combination of exclusion and sanitation.

 

For one, you should go back to the source, making sure that they are eliminated once detected. These sources can come in the form of hair, lint, dead insects, as well as other debris that can serve as their food. You can also look for cut flowers as this is a common sign of carpet beetles infestation.

 

Since identification of their presence may be difficult to determine, you can always hire the assistance of a professional pest control company who can help you in getting rid of these pests, the safest, and the greenest way possible.