Carpet Beetles

There are two types of carpet beetle commonly found in Europe. They are both 3mm long, but the ‘fur beetle’ is black with a single white spot on each wing case, and the ‘varied carpet beetle’ is mottled with white, yellow and brown scales. Carpet beetle larvae are rice-sized, light brown in colour and covered in hair. The hairs enable them to stick to fibres. Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen and nectar during their short lives. They spend just two to three summer weeks feasting and mating, until the female lays her 100 eggs. Then both males and females die off. The eggs hatch into larvae, also known as ‘woolly bears’ in four weeks. Carpet beetle larvae feed on natural fibres, animal hair, feathers and dead insects. An adult will always find a good food source before laying its eggs nearby desirable locations includes The edging of fitted carpets along the central heating unit provides warmth, protection and a woolly bear banquet and any storage facility that holds items made of fabric. Although carpet beetles do not carry diseases, they can devastate commercial enterprises by causing irreversible damage. Clothing outlets, museums, furniture shops and storage facilities can be the worst affected. Similarly, in the home, carpet beetle larvae can chew through woollen carpets and stored winter clothing, always choosing your most expensive garments as these are inevitably made from natural fibres.

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