Black Carpet Beetle
Identification, habits and tips for control of the Black Carpet Beetle, a beetle that falls into a group of pests known as fabric pests. This group includes different species of carpet or furniture beetles as well as clothes moths. Carpet beetles (a group that includes Varied Carpet Beetle, Black Carpet Beetle and Furniture Carpet Beetle) are believed to be responsible for more damage than clothes moths.
Fabric pests have one particular thing in common - they are household and warehouse pests that have the ability to digest keratin. As mentioned above, the group of beetles known as carpet beetles do more damage than clothes moths. Black Carpet Beetles are not only more common than other carpet beetles in the United States but they also do more damage than the others in its particular group.
As you can assume by its name, this beetle has a black color when it matures to its adult stage. Damage to materials can be blamed on the larval stage of this fabric pest. The Black Carpet Beetle larvae consume certain parts of dead animals including horns, hair, hide and fur. Known as general feeders these beetles are not strictly limited to eating only parts of dead animals. The other foods they prefer are what make them unwanted in our homes - grains, nuts, cereals and cotton products.
Control of the black carpet beetle involve four important steps. The
first step in carpet beetle elimination is a thorough inspection of the entire
structure. The larvae and pupal stages of this bug can often be found in
little nooks and crevices where normal household dust, lint and debris
gather. The best examples would be areas between carpets and baseboards as
well as hidden areas of sofas and other upholstered furniture. Your next
step is to thoroughly clean and vacuum any area where you have seen or suspect
beetle infestations. These same areas will be treated in the last two
steps of your beetle extermination program.
All of the products mentioned are contained in the Clothes Moth Kit mentioned earlier in this article. This kit has enough product to control most pests (bugs, spiders, fleas, ticks, roaches, ants, carpenter ants, etc.) around your home for a long time.