Carpet Beetles


Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles are usually first noticed as a small, fuzzy, larvae (2-3 mm) in the fall and winter months. One way to determine if you have clothing moths, or carpet beetle larvae, is whether or not you have one big hole or several random smaller holes. Carpet beetles tend to eat in one big section.

Carpet beetle larvae feeds on any natural fibers: fur, feathers, wool, and silk. Adults are usually seen in the spring months during the heaviest days of pollen production. Adults feed on pollen and enter homes in search of suitable food sources for their offspring.

Carpet Beetles can leave an irritating rash for some people. The rash from a carpet beetle can have a similar appearance to bed bug bites, complete with irritating bumps that you'll want to scratch until they start to bleed. Most common objects attacked are by carpet beetles are rugs and winter clothing. Homeowners may notice small holes in their clothing when the articles are pulled out of storage. Rugs comprised of natural fibers will have furrows or frayed edges where the larvae of eaten through the material.

Treat carpet beetles preferred feeding sites: closets, rugs, under beds and furniture. Remove food sources such as winter clothing. Launder or dry clean clothing to remove any eggs or larvae.

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