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Beetles (Carpet Beetles)
Beetles (Carpet Beetles)

Beetles (Carpet Beetles)


  • Color: The back of adults are spotted with gray-yellow, brown, and white scales which form two bands across the top. The underside of the body is gray to yellow. The larvae are covered with a series of light ┬Čand dark-brown stripes that run across its body.
  • Size: adults are about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long and the larvae are 3/16 to 1/4 inch long.
  • Adults are oval; the wing covers meet at the rear end of the body in a smoothly rounded fashion with no apparent cleft.
  • Larvae are wider at the end of the body than at the head and have three dense tufts of bristles at the rear-end of the body that extend outward when they are disturbed.

Habits: of Carpet Beetles

  • Females lay about 40 eggs in a lifetime.
  • Developmental time (egg to adult): 242 to 356 days.
  • There is one generation per year.
  • Life span of adults: 14 to 44 days.
  • Favorite larval food: dead insects and spiders; favorite adult food: pollen.
  • Adult beetles are good fliers who enter homes through open windows.

Damage Caused by Beetles:

  • Larvae feed upon a wide variety of foods, including carpets, woolens, skins, furs, stuffed animals, leather bindings on books, feathers, silk, and plant products, (e.g., cacao, corn, and red pepper).

Look for:

  • Damage to the products listed above.
  • Larvae crawling around baseboards and on walls.

How to Control and Kill Carpet Beetles:

  • Remediation of the problem should begin with removal and/or treatment of infested material, which, including infested food, should be discarded. Carpets, rugs, and clothing should be cleaned or discarded.
  • Carpet beetle infestations are persistent and often require several treatments to resolve the problem.

Innovative Pest Management serves the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland area. Call us at (240) 755-0077 to schedule a free quote or appointment.