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Carpet beetles are a type of destructive pest that can cause significant damage to items located within your home. They are known for causing damage to carpets, clothing, upholstery, and other stored fabrics. The three most common species of carpet beetles that invade homes include the varied carpet beetle, the common carpet beetle, and the furniture carpet beetle.

Biology and Behavior

multi-colored carpet beetle

  • All three species range in length from 1/8th to 3/16th of an inch.

  • Carpet beetles have a dome-shaped body.

  • Their color pattern varies, depending on the species.

  • Carpet beetles can enter into homes on already infested products.

  • They can enter into homes through cracks and crevices they come across as they forage for food.

  • Carpet beetles do not bite people, but the bristles found on their larvae can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Carpet Beetle Prevention Tips

  • Chalk or seal gaps found around windows and doors. 

  • Screens should be kept intact; repair or replace any that are ripped or torn. 

  • Seal any cracks in your home's foundation.

  • Regularly vacuum and clean carpets and upholstery.

  • Make sure to store fabric items in airtight sealed containers.

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