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Carpet Beetle Larvae

What do carpet beetle larvae look like?

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Carpet beetle larvae grow up to 1/4 of an inch in length. Depending on the specific species, they can be tapered like a carrot or more oval in shape. They are usually brown or tan and have white and tan stripes on their body. Their most unique feature is the bristly hairs that are located on their backs.

Where are carpet beetle larvae found?

Carpet beetle larvae can be found living both outside and inside homes and other properties. Outside, carpet beetle larvae live in animal and bird nests or dens; this gives them easy access to some of their favorite food sources - hair and feathers. Inside buildings, they tend to live in places where hair, dead skin, and/or dead insects have collected. They can be found invading and damaging things like carpets, rugs, furs, stuffed animals, and leather book bindings.

What do carpet beetle larvae eat?

Carpet beetle larvae eat a varied diet that is composed mainly of animal hair, silk plants, feathers, natural fibers (like wool), and other dead insects. Carpet beetle larvae aren’t dangerous to people (except for the occasional skin rash because of their bristles), but are known to damage personal items because of their feeding habits.

DIY carpet beetle larvae prevention and control tips

There are a few steps that you can take to help prevent carpet beetle larvae from moving inside and damaging your personal belongings.

  • Seal cracks and crevices found around windows and doors, make sure that screens are completely intact.

  • Routinely vacuum and dust to pick up shed pet hair, human hair, and dust.

  • When storing woolen clothing items or clothing made from natural fibers, make sure to place them in pest proof storage containers.

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