Carpet Beetles

 

 

 

 

 

Carpet beetles will commonly infest bird and rodent nests after the occupants have left.

Identification

  • Usually first noticed as a small, fuzzy, larvae (2-3 mm) in the fall and winter months

Environment

  • Larvae feeds on any natural fibers: fur, feathers, wool, and silk
  • Adults are usually seen in the spring months during the heaviest days of pollen production
  • Adults feed on pollen and enter homes in search of suitable food sources for their offspring

Threats

  • Most common objects attacked are rugs and winter clothing
  • Homeowners may notice small holes in their clothing when the articles are pulled out of storage
  • Rugs comprised of natural fibers will have furrows or frayed edges where the larvae of eaten through the material

Treatment

  • Treat their preferred feeding sites: closets, rugs, under beds and furniture
  • Removal of food sources such as winter clothing
  • Launder or dry clean clothing to remove any eggs or larvae