Carpet beetles, also known as varied carpet beetles, are common household pests found under carpets and rugs, in attics, around piles of clothes and just about anywhere there is fabric. Carpet beetles can be destructive and ruin your clothes and carpets if not properly taken care of. The good news is that they are easily preventable by establishing a thorough cleaning routine with lots of sweeping and vacuuming under rugs. In the case of a large carpet beetle infestation, the services of a professional exterminator are necessary. Carpet beetles reproduce quickly and in big quantities. A female carpet beetle lays about 100 eggs that hatch within a week or two.
These tiny, round beetles start as larvae and grow into the larger adult beetles pictured above. They are grayish in color but have black, almost rainbow-looking spots on them, too (see an additional image of a varied carpet beetle). These beetles feed on dead insects and will look for them just about anywhere in your home. Carpet beetles are also known for getting into storage boxes of clothing and causing damage to fabric. It's a good idea to close plastic storage boxes of clothes with tape to help keep the carpet beetles out.
Additional Prevention Tips:
- Vacuum all carpets and rugs at least once a week.
- Check around your home for small larvae and beetles, especially under rugs.
- Consider using moth balls when storing your clothes.
- Dry clean clothes before storing them. This seems to help keep the carpet beetles away.
How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles:
- Sprinkle some Borax under carpets. Borax works as an insecticide against many small household pests.
- Consider some other pest control products against varied carpet beetles.