Pest Control Services

Call 0845 468 2412


Pest Control Services

Call 0845 468 2412


Carpet Beetle

Found commonly throughout Europe and Britain, the adult beetles fly freely feeding on pollen and nectar on flower heads during the summer months. The larvae need a high animal-protein diet and occur naturally in dry birds' nests, They appear in domestic situations infesting carpets, clothes, animal furs and skins (including stuffed specimens) and are often associated with bird nesting activity in eaves and roof spaces.


The female beetle lays the whitish eggs in or on a suitable larval food. Continuously feeding, the larvae grow by moulting several times before pupating inside the last larval skin. Even the newly emerged adult remains inside this skin for a few days, before fully emerging and flying towards a pollen/nectar source. The adults are often found on window ledges having failed to escape from the house or other buildings.


This species and its relatives are of particular significance in domestic properties where they will damage the fibres of carpets, bedding and clothing, animal fur, skins and leather and sometimes the heads of sweeping brushes and mops. In other situations they will frequently eat and damage stuffed animals and insect specimens in collections.


If materials are heavily infested they should be removed and destroyed. Infested areas should be cleaned thoroughly using a nozzle vacuum cleaner concentrating on removing debris and larvae from cracks and crevices. An application of a residual insecticide should then be made to the area.

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