The Varied Carpet Beetle is an introduced pest species. It is a small beetle with rounded body patterned with dark brown and white blotched bands. The beetle can be a serious household pest. It feeds on natural fibers and can damage carpets, furniture and clothing. Infestations can be prevented by regular cleaning and using naphthalene balls (moth balls) in closets. Serious infestations may need pesticide treatment.
adult 2mm - 3.5mm long
The Varied Carpet Beetle larva feeds on natural fibers and can cause damage to carpets, furniture and clothing.
Adult beetles lay their eggs in undisturbed places such as cupboards, under furniture, or under floorboards . The larvae hide and feed on organic material such as furniture, clothes and carpets. It is a common pest in museums
|Common Name:||Varied Carpet Beetle|
Relatives in same Genus
Museum Beetle (A. museorum)