- 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 ¬and 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).
- 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.