carpet beetle bugWhat’s Bugging You? Carpet Beetle

Damage: The carpet beetle is destructive to animal based fabrics (i.e. wool, leather, suede, fur, silk etc.). Damage is caused by the larval stage of dermestid beetles.

Habitat: Larvae feed in dark, undisturbed locations on a variety of dead animals and animal products, such as wool, silk, leather, fur, hair brushes with natural bristles, pet hair, and feathers; occasionally they feed on stored products such as certain spices and grains. They do not feed on synthetic fibers.

Breeding: Adults lay eggs on the larval food source, such as furs and woolen fabric or carpets. Eggs hatch in about two weeks and the larvae feed for varying periods, depending upon species and environmental conditions. They prefer dark, secluded places. When ready to pupate, the larvae may burrow further into the food or wander and burrow elsewhere. They may also pupate within the last larval skin if no other shelter is available. Larvae do not make webs as clothes moths do, but their shed skins and fecal pellets, which are about the size of a grain of salt, make it obvious where they have been feeding.

Treatment: These pests are difficult to control. There are three keys to reducing or preventing a carpet beetle infestation. First, eliminate their food source (properly clean and store all susceptible materials). Our preventative maintenance program will protect your home from carpet beetles.

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Beebe’s Pest And Termite Control
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