Furniture Carpet Beetles

What do furniture carpet beetles look like?

furniture carpet beetle in a nassau county home

Furniture carpet beetles have the same rounded body shape as ladybugs.  They are black with yellow and white mottled scales (oval or round) on their backs; they also have distinctive yellow scales on their legs.  Adults grow to be between 3/16th of an inch and 1/8th of an inch in length.  Their larvae are slightly bigger, oval in shape, and are covered in brown hairs.

Furniture Carpet beetle behaviors

Adult carpet beetles will feed on plant pollen, while the larvae feed on and are responsible for the damages caused to upholstered furniture and other items found in your home.  The adult female will lay her eggs in or on an appropriate food source; then when the larvae hatch, they will begin to feed. This species is particularly damaging and will consume both the padding and covers of upholstered furniture.  The furniture carpet beetle palate is not just limited to furniture; they will also happily feed on carpets, silks, furs, feathers, and horns.

Are furniture carpet beetles dangerous?

Carpet beetles are not dangerous to health or safety.  Unfortunately they will feed on and destroy fabric covered furniture and other possessions.   

Can Suburban help with a furniture carpet beetle problem?

If you need help getting rid of furniture carpet beetles or other fabric pests, Suburban Exterminating can help.  Offering effective pest control services for both homes and businesses on Long Island and throughout our New York Service area, our pest control technicians are ready to help you resolve whatever pest is bugging you.  Contact us today to schedule a free estimate or for more information on carpet beetles and how to get rid of them.  

Furniture carpet beetle prevention tips

To prevent furniture carpet beetles and other pests, we recommend the following tips:

  • Dust and vacuum carpets, furniture, and other surfaces in your home on a regular basis in order to remove dust, dander, and hair.  
  • Make sure to inspect furniture, especially used furniture, for signs of furniture carpet beetles before bringing them into your home.
  • Seal any openings that might allow these pests and others entry.

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