What do carpet beetles look like?
- Size: Approximately 1/16 in.
- Color: Shiny black to black centers with white, brown, and yellow mottled pattern, depending on the species
- Body structure: Oval body, six legs, a pair of wings, and antennae
Characteristics of carpet beetles
Female beetles lay about 50-100 eggs on or near vulnerable materials. Within a few weeks, the tiny eggs hatch into larvae that feeds on fabrics. Larvae are about 1/8 to 1/4-inch long, tan to brownish in color, and are covered with dense hairs or bristles.
When are carpet beetles most active?
Where are carpet beetles commonly found?
Outdoors, carpet beetles are often found in wooded areas.
Indoors, these pests are often found around the edges of rugs and carpets as well as near windowsills, drapes, crawling up walls, and under furniture. They are also likely to show up in attics, basements, and closets where clothing and other fabrics are stored.
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