Carpet beetles feed on natural fibers that can be found in upholstery or clothing, carpet, insect carcasses, and animal parts such as furs, hair, etc. Most carpets are made of synthetic fabrics and are not of concern. It is the natural fibers, like wool, that carpet beetles feed on. The varied carpet beetle enters the home in search of these food items and often cause damage. They can be found in attics, carpets, and curtains in search of the food items above.
To avoid varied carpet beetles, store clothing in plastic containers and dry clean clothing thoroughly before storing for long periods of time.
- Treat their preferred feeding sites: closets, rugs, under beds and furniture
- Remove their food sources such as winter clothing
- Launder or dry clean clothing to remove any eggs or larvae
- Call your local pest control operator for effective treatment