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What is a Carpet Beetle (and How do I Get Rid of Them)?

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.

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.


A species of beetle that live outdoors, the adults do not come indoors to damage carpets, clothing, bedding, and drapes; instead, they enter your home to lay eggs in a safe environment that provides a natural food source for their larvae.
Neither adult carpet beetles nor their larvae bite; however, the bristly hairs found on the larva may cause some irritation for people with sensitive skin.
Adults feed mostly on the nectar of flowers. Carpet beetle larvae prefer to feed in dark and protected places. They eat woolens, leather, silk, fur, and other fiber materials. You'll find their shed casings beneath upholstery, in closets, and near baseboards.
Carpet beetle dermatitis is an itchy, red, or an inflamed area of the skin. It is caused by the hairs on the carpet beetle larvae, which they continuously shed as they mature. The hairs become embedded in the carpet or fabric. Constant exposure to these hairs may trigger this form of dermatitis.
Unlike moths, carpet beetles feed on one area of fabric at a time. Holes in your clothes and other fabrics the size of a dime or larger indicates an infestation. Finding the old skin casings of larvae, which are small and translucent, is another sign.

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.

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Black species
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Varied species
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Common species

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.

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