The most common are the Variegated and the Black Carpet Beetles. The adult beetle is small (5mm) and oval shaped. Larvae have red-brown, elongated, oval shaped bodies covered with stiff bristles. Carpet Beetles attack a wide range of materials including wool, fur, hair, silk, underfelts, dried insect specimens, animal carcasses and stored food. Carpet beetles are quite widespread because of their ability to tolerate lower humidities. Only the larval stage is destructive to household materials. Both larvae and adults are often found around windows, skirting boards and under furniture which does not get moved very often. Many carpet beetles live on flowers and are often transported inside on cut flowers.
TIPS FOR PREVENTION
- Regularly clean or vaccum carpets, rugs, soft furnishings and upholstered furniture
- Seal holes in house to prevent birds and rats from nesting
- Clean areas where pets rest on a regular basis
- Check cut flowers before they are bought inside
- Wrap clothes to be stored tightly in platsic
Lavender oil or sachets can act as a repellant if placed with stored clothes.