General Nuisance Pests

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle
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Carpet beetles feed on animal and plant substances such as clothing material and food. Other substances include powdered milk, dog and cat food, leather, book bindings, dead insects, or bird and rodent nests. The larvae cause the damage crawling from room to room. They live behind baseboards, in air ducts, dresser drawers, carpets, clothing and furniture. Feeding damage often occurs under heavy furniture and at carpet edges.
Adult beetles fly readily in May and June. They are attracted to night-lights, and may enter through an open window or door. Some beetles may come in accidentally when cut flowers or furniture is brought in.
The carpet beetle larvae start to feed as soon as they hatch. They are carrot shaped and often referred to as "woolly bears" or "buffalo moths". Their appetite includes dead insects, spiders, and even nectar and pollen. They are typically found throughout the United States and Canada.
Regular cleaning of spilled food or lint will eliminate potential breeding sites. Susceptible items like food, woolens, and furs should be stored in an insect proof container. If an infestation is suspected then the source of the problem must be removed and destroyed to further limit any possibility of spreading. These beetles can be killed with extreme heat exposure or to freezing.