Varied Carpet Beetles
Varied carpet beetles get their name from the rainbow of color on
their back surfaces.
||Black centers, with white, brown and yellow patches in an irregular arrangement
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.
Varied carpet beetles are found in homes in attics, Oriental
carpets, tapestries and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting.
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.
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.