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Carpet Beetle Identification and Control In Utah

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DERMESTIDAE
DERMESTIDAE

Carpet beetles are 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. They vary in their coloring from black to multicolored beetles. They are often found in windowsills.

Carpet beetle larvae are small hairy and tan to black in color and appear to be striped.

Carpet beetles live indoors and outdoors. They can be found: in stored foods, animal hides/materials/textiles, dead animals in voids, grain-based rodenticides, under carpeting, baseboards, and furniture, under seat cushions of upholstered furniture or anywhere hair, lint, dead insects and food crumbs collect.

They can also be found in areas of minimal use such as attics, basements, cubbies, under unused or seldom moved furniture or appliances, etc.

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Where Can I Find Carpet Beetles?
Where Can I Find Carpet Beetles?

The larvae are often found indoors around their food sources including animal hides/materials/textiles, dead animals in voids, grain-based rodenticides, under carpeting, baseboards, and furniture, under seat cushions of upholstered furniture or anywhere hair, lint, dead insects and food crumbs collect. The adults are often found in window sills as the adult stage heads outdoors to feed on pollen and then enters again to lay eggs.

Name:

Dermestidae

Diet:

Carpet beetles diet varies greatly depending on species. This has to do with where they are found as well.

Impact:

Damage fabric and furniture, destroy food items and the larvae hairs can cause throat irritation if consumed.

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How To Prevent Carpet Beetles
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  • Locate the source of beetles and remove infested items, but locating the source can be very difficult.

  • Vacuum under furniture, along baseboards, and under beds.

  • Seal cracks around the outside foundation wall and windows.

  • Install tight fitting door sweeps at the base of all exterior doors.

  • Vacuum individuals that enter buildings.

  • Store food in pest-proof containers and throughly clean food storage and preparation areas.

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