Carpet Beetle

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Dermestidae

How to Identify an 

Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetles are 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. They vary in their coloring from black to multicolored beetles. They are often found in windowsills.

Carpet beetle larvae are small hairy and tan to black in color and appear to be striped.

Where do they come from?

Carpet beetles live indoors and outdoors. They can be found: in stored foods, 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.

They can also be found in areas of minimal use such as attics, basements, cubbies, under unused or seldom moved furniture or appliances, etc.

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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.

Name:

Dermestidae

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Diet:

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

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