Carpet Beetle

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.


How to Identify an 

Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetles are small (1/4 inch long), brown, and have a pattern of black, white, and yellow on their backs. They are most easily identified by their small size and their patterned backs.

Where do they come from?

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of carpet beetles is to eliminate their food sources by thoroughly cleaning your home. You can also use commercial fly traps or bait. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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What do they look like?

Carpet beetles can be black or multicolored like this one
Carpet beetles are very small and are commonly found in window sills
Larvae of the carpet beetle are hairy and tan to black in color
Larvae hairs can cause throat irritation if eaten

Where do they live?

The larvae are often found indoors around their food sources including animal hides/materials/textiles, dead animals in voids, grain-based rodenticides, under carpeting, baseboards, and furniture, under seat cushions of upholstered furniture or anywhere hair, lint, dead insects and food crumbs collect. The adults are often found in window sills as the adult stage heads outdoors to feed on pollen and then enters again to lay eggs.





Carpet beetles diet varies greatly depending on species. This has to do with where they are found as well.

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