Carpet Beetle Infestation

Carpet beetles feed on a wide range of animal-based items, including silk, leather, fur, wool and animal hair. As a result, carpet beetles may infest carpets, upholstered furniture, blankets, coats, comforters, wool, pillows and clothing. While carpet beetles rarely attack synthetic fabrics, they may feed on these items when they are soiled by perspiration, oil and food. Infestations can spread quickly.

Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen and nectar outdoors. The larvae may eat seeds, animal food and other milled products in the pantry or kitchen. Although adult carpet beetles can thrive inside or outside, females prefer to lay eggs where larval food sources are abundant. Carpet beetles enter homes through doors, windows and other openings, although they may be brought in on cut plants and flowers, as well. Some carpet beetles make their homes inside the nests of birds or other animals and can live in walls or chimneys, feeding on dead insects and animals.

Both adults and larvae prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas. As a result, identification of an infestation can prove difficult. Because an infestation can go unnoticed until it is widespread, treatment is best left to pest control professionals. Contact your local expert for extermination options.

Resources

Dig Deeper on Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetle in dorm room

Q

I'm freaking out that they may be bed bugs or something. Can you please tell me what this is?

Carpet Beetle Bites

Boric Acid and Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetle Damage and Problems

Do Carpet Beetles Fly?

Carpet Beetle Larvae in Furniture

Carpet Beetle Larvae Around the House

How to get rid of carpet beetles?

Q

How does one get carpet beetles and how does one get rid of them?

Carpet beetle larvae found in basement

Q

I am hoping that you can help me identify a bug that I found in my basement carpet the other day. It was shaped like a seed and red in appearance.

What are these tiny reddish-brown bugs in our bathroom?

Q

We’ve been having a problem with tiny, flea-like bugs that are reddish in color and do not fly. What could they be?

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.

877-819-5061

Find a Branch

Our local technicians are the pest experts in your area.

Get a Personalized Quote

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your home.

Home is where the bugs aren't™

SERVICES

Pest ControlTermite ControlPrevent and Protect

PEST LIBRARY

Browse All Pests

© 2021 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers