Fabric pests such as carpet beetles, although not particularly dangerous, can sometimes cause irreparable damage to personal belongings. These beetles are able to digest animal hairs and, therefore, feed on almost any item made of natural fibers, particularly wool and cashmere.
These tiny, round beetles start out as larvae that grow up to 1/4-inch in length; the adults grow to 1/16-inch. While generally tan in color, they are covered by tiny black, brown, and white scales, and have numerous tuffs of stiff hairs on the body. They can be found outdoors, in bird nests and animal dens where they can find the animal hair and feathers on which they feed. Indoors, these pests will be associated with woolen, silk, and other natural fiber fabrics. Carpet beetles may also be found living under carpets and rugs and in voids where hairs or dead insects have accumulated.
These pesky beetles require a comprehensive pest service in order to locate the areas in which they may live. If you’re concerned that you have carpet beetles in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.