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Carpet Beetle 

Carpet Beetles are a very interesting insect. They have a complete metamorphosis which means the juvenile version of the insect does not reflect any size or shape of the adult. There are many different types of carpet beetles that intrude ore daily living spaces. Many times, Carpet Beetles are found in dressers and closets and under furniture. There are 3 major types of Carpet beetle we see regularly; Varied Carpet Beetle, Furniture Carpet Beetle, and Black Carpet Beetle. These insects eat natural fibers and proteins; making them essentially nature's cleanup crew. They pose a serious risk to natural fiber rugs, clothing and other items throughout our homes.

Identification & Facts (Anthrenus verbasci)

Carpet beetle larvae cause damage by feeding on a variety of dead animals and animal products such as wool, silk, leather, fur, and hair brushes with natural bristles, pet hair, and feathers. Occasionally they feed on stored products such as certain spices and grains. They don’t feed on synthetic fibers.

Larva stage resembles a “hairy caterpillar”.

Adults are roughly 1/8-5/16 of an inch long.

A very strong inspection must be completed by a qualified person to locate and eliminate all potential feeding and breeding areas. Contact Ellington Pest today for a free evaluation of your home.

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