The name ‘carpet beetle’ probably tells you the basics about this pest. They make their way into your home through cracks and crevices, and settle into natural fiber materials such as your carpet and clothing.
Adults lay their eggs in carpeting so that the larvae are born with an immediate food source. They will also eat the fibers of bed linen, and are commonly confused with bed bugs.
There are several species, but the most prevalent in the United States are Black, Common, and Varied. Of the three, the Black carpet beetle also eats stored foods, such as grains.
Croach Pest control services eradicate carpet beetles using specialized equipment and treatments. Further infestations are reduced by locating and sealing potential entry points.
How To Identify the Different Species
Because they can fly, carpet beetles gain access to your home from open windows and doors, etc. Although more prevalent during summer when they are out feeding on flower nectar, they will stay inside a house all year long.
Since we control the climate of our homes through air conditioning and heating, these pests find our houses the perfect environment in which to breed.
The Black Carpet Beetle
This species is dark brown or black. It has brown legs and antennae. It is bullet-shaped. Their larvae grow to about ¼ of an inch and are carrot-shaped and covered in brown hairs. They eat grains and will contaminate your food.
The Varied Carpet Beetle
They are about 2-3 mm long while their larvae are about 4-5 mm long. The adult is easily identified. It has patches of brown, white, and yellow on its body, giving it a ‘splotchy’ appearance. The larvae are covered in tufts of bristly hair.
The Common Carpet Beetle
This species is sometimes known as the buffalo beetle. Adults range in size from 2.8 mm to 3.8 mm long. They are covered in black and white scales, appearing black with a white line of dots in bands. They also have a red or orange band of scales running down their thorax. Their larvae are reddish brown and covered in fine hairs.
Why You Need to Exterminate this Pest?
Left unchecked, carpet beetles will cause untold damage to not only your carpeting, but to virtually all the fabrics in your home.
Replacing damaged clothing is expensive in itself, but when you factor in replacing drapes, upholstery - and yes, even your carpet - you can see why you need to eliminate this pest.
You'll also want to safeguard your family from potential dermatitis. Thankfully, Croach® is an expert at eliminating these and other pests. Contact us for your complete peace of mind.