The larvae form of the carpet beetle is known as a wooly bear. It is quite hairy. It is striped tan and white in color. They feed on natural fibers and can damage carpets, furniture and clothing. Regular vacuuming will keep their numbers down.
Carpet beetles develop from larvae to adult in 1 to 3 years. Larvae hatch in spring and early summer, often in bird nests or around stored fabric. Adults emerge between late May and early August. Adults are pollen eaters and fly around for two weeks to mate.
Adult beetles usually lay their eggs in air ducts, in closets, under furniture, or under baseboards.
Carpet beetles occur naturally outdoors and then make their way into buildings. They may enter through improperly sealed or improperly screened doors and windows or through other cracks or crevices, but due to their small size, sealing them out is very difficult.
A common food source for carpet beetles is pet hair. In areas around or behind furniture, accumulation of hair may provide ample food for this pest.
Both adults and larvae prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas. Because an infestation can go unnoticed until it is widespread, treatment is best left to pest control professionals. Contact Hart’s Extermination for the best safe options.