November 15, 2018

Pest Guide: Varied Carpet Beetles

Anthrenus verbasci

Varied carpet beetles get their name from the rainbow of color on their back surfaces.


Varied carpet beetles are found in homes in attics, Oriental carpets, tapestries and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting.


These pests enjoy dining on carpets, woolen fabrics, dead insects, furs, hides, feathers, horns, hair, silk and bones. It can take 249-354 days to three years for varied carpet beetles to grow from an egg to an adult.


Control / Prevention

As with moths, to avoid varied carpet beetle infestations, store clothing in plastic containers. Dry clean clothing thoroughly before storing for long periods of time.


Varied carpet beetles feed on dead insects, but also feed on upholstery and carpet, so they can damage those materials. They can also damage clothing fabric.

Size Color Legs Shape Antenanae
1/16″ Black centers, with white, brown and yellow patches in an irregular arrangement 6 Round True

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