In this, I’ll be explaining everything about carpet beetles, so you can know how harmful they are. Here is a helpful gist for all residents in Kentucky! For the removal of any of the pest types bewildering your home, Pest Removal Services in Bowling Green, Kentucky are professional pest exterminators that can help you out.

Continue reading below to discover more.

How do the Carpet Beetles Look like

Carpet Beetles are domestic pests that are mostly found feeding on home fabrics and carpets. They have an oval-shaped, hard shell and possess six legs and two antennas. There are wings under the shell too. The adult beetle is a small pest of 2 to 4 mm long, and it comes in various colors.

The larva has a hairy body which is irritating to the eye when found on clothes, they are up to 5 mm long. Once the larval carpet beetle grows up, it turns into a hard-body beetle.

Types of Carpet Beetles

Four carpet beetles are found all over the world generally. These include the following.

  • Varied Carpet Beetle- Anthrenus verbasci: This carpet beetle type is common in Europe.
  • Black Carpet Beetle- Attagenus unicolor: This is the most common and is found as the most destructive in the U.S.
  • Furniture Carpet Beetle- Anthrenus flavipes: This beetle is much more like the Varied Carpet Beetle.
  • Common Carpet Beetle- Anthrenus scrophulariae: This beetle is also very much like the Varied Carpet Beetle. 

How do you Get Carpet Beetles?

Carpet beetles take many sources to get into your homes. Carpet beetles can get into houses in various ways—virtually, through everything they feed on. They can come through your shopping, bunches of flowers, fabrics, and furnishes that are already contaminated. 

You can find the adult beetles eating up your carpet, while the larva ones lying there on your clothing material, which can be an eye sore for you.

What Causes Carpet Beetles in my Home?

If you have carpet beetles in your house means your house is in a condition that is conducive to their survival. Carpet beetles would emerge where they can thrive and flourish. And these conditions include dirty carpets and fabrics. If their presence persists in your house, you will find them feeding on dead skin and insects as well as eating hairs.

This points to the fact that if you don’t regularly vacuum or clean up the floor of your home, your floor can become a conducive breeding ground for carpet beetles.

How do Carpet Beetles Spread?

Carpet beetles start spreading first by laying eggs on woolen materials in the home, such as clothing, furs, as well as museum specimens where they can find abundant food. 

Once they spot a suitable spot to lay eggs (specifically, dirty spots that would provide them with dead insects and skin) they can lay more than 100 eggs at a time and take between 10 days to a month to hatch the eggs.

From there, they spread as the larva develops into adulthood.

Can Carpet Beetles Harm Humans?

While carpet beetles are generally not considered harmful to human beings. However, if they are left uncurbed, they become messy and have a high tendency for human skin to come in contact with the hairy lava that looks like a caterpillar (but not a caterpillar). 

If the hard hair of the lava version touches the human skin of the susceptible, he/she could feel as if bitten, thereby causing uneasiness. While there is no serious reaction, the impact can build up over time. 

If the hairy lava crawls over your body, traces of lines are left on the skin. As one beetle larva crawls across your body, you can feel skin irritation, which is commonly called beetle dermatitis. Some people can feel reactions in their respiratory tracts if they come in contact with one.

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