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Varied Carpet Beetle

Actual Size: 2 to 3 mm

Characteristics: Oval, blackish in the center, with a variable, irregular arrangement of white, brownish, and yellowish scales.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, and they can fly.

Habitat: Can inhabit a variety of environments, including homes, warehouses, museums, and other structures where organic materials are present. They are commonly encountered in carpets, rugs, upholstery, clothing, bedding, curtains, and stored food products.

Habits:

  • Carpet beetle larvae are voracious feeders and primarily consume animal-based materials such as wool, silk, fur, feathers, and leather.
  • Also feed on plant-based materials such as cotton, linen, and synthetic fibers if contaminated with animal proteins or oils.
  • Strong flyers, beetles enter homes through open windows, especially around eaves and attic vents.
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Varied Carpet Beetles in Kailua Kona

The diverse carpet beetle, named for the assortment of colors on its back, is widely recognized as the predominant carpet beetle species in Kailua Kona. These small insects have a diet comprising carpet and various natural fibers. Notably, carpet beetle larvae, often adorned with stripes and bristles, catch the homeowner’s attention first, giving them a furry appearance. As these larvae progress in development, they shed their outer layers, providing another common indicator of carpet beetle infestations.

Varied Carpet Beetle Habitat

Outdoors, female beetles seek out spider webs, bee or wasp nests, and bird nests as ideal egg-laying sites. These nests and webs harbor dead insects, beeswax, pollen, feathers, or other debris suitable as larval food. Varied carpet beetles are often present in homes without detection. In small quantities, they can prove beneficial by efficiently decomposing old organic matter and acting as natural cleaners after other insects. Adults typically emerge in spring or early summer; indoors, they are frequently found near windows.

Varied Carpet Beetle Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Carpet beetles are scavengers known for their adaptability. In homes, especially larger, older residences, this species commonly establishes itself in attics, feeding on deceased insect remains before migrating downward to infest Oriental rugs, wall hangings, and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting. Varied carpet beetles have been observed feeding on a wide range of animal and plant products, including carpets, woolen items, skins, furs, stuffed animals, leather book bindings, and deceased insects and spiders. If you believe that your home has fallen victim to a carpet beetle infestation, contact a beetle control expert.