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Carpet Beetle

Name: Carpet Beetle

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Dermestidae

Genus Species: Anthrenus verbasci


Carpet beetles are found in attics, wool carpets, tapestries and wall-to-wall carpeting. Larvae hatch from eggs in the spring and early summer, often in the nests of birds or around stored fabrics.


Carpet beetle larvae feed on natural fibers throughout their development. Adults will feed on almost anything including carpets, furniture, lint, hair, garments, blankets, pet food, animal nests, animal carcasses, dead insects, leather, and pollen of flowering plants.

Method of Travel:

Crawling, Flying


  • Store clothing and starches in plastic to reduce the chances of attracting carpet beetles.
  • Choose synthetics when shopping for furniture, carpets, and interior fabrics.
  • Cleaning regularly goes a long way to preventing an infestation.
  • Controlling other pests is another way to keep carpet beetles from infesting your house.

Steps to control:

  • Remove the carpet beetles with a vacuum.
  • Wash your fabrics in hot, soapy water to make sure you get rid of the beetles, their larva and their eggs.
  • Good, long lasting, low-toxic methods of insect control can be done with Knock Down Total Home Flying & Crawling Insect Killer or other Knock Down products listed below.