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Varied Carpet Beetle

Description

Varied Carpet Beetle

Pest Stats

Color

Black centers, with white, brown and yellow patches in an irregular arrangement

Legs

6

Shape

Round

Size

1/16

Antennae

Yes

Region

Found throughout U.S.

Habits

The life cycle of a varied carpet beetle from egg to adult can range between 249-354 days. Their primary food sources include woolen fabrics, carpets, furs, hides, feathers, hair, silk, bones, and dead insects. Adults will emerge in spring or early summer near indoor windows. They feed on nectar and plants that produce abundant pollen such as spiraea and buckwheat.

Habitat

Varied carpet beetles are found in dark secluded places such as homes in attics, under beds, in Oriental carpets, tapestries and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting. They are very difficult indoor pests to control because they can disperse widely and food sources are plentiful. They can be get into homes by flying in from landscape and on dried flowers.

Threats

Varied carpet beetles are very difficult to control indoors because they have a plentiful supply of food and are very hard to detect until visible damage is discovered. Carpets are less likely to display damage as fabrics display damage with scattered holes.

Varied Carpet Beetle Prevention

The most effective way to get rid of varied carpet beetles is to call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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