Furniture Carpet Beetles

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Summer



0.07 - 0.1 inch

Inch Long



What do Furniture Carpet Beetles look like?

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.

What are the signs of Furniture Carpet Beetles?

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.

What Damage do Furniture Carpet Beetles cause?

Furniture Carpet Beetles are particularly damaging to your furniture. They 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.

How do you prevent Furniture Carpet Beetles?

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.

How do I get rid of Furniture Carpet Beetles?

To get rid of furniture carpet beetles, use preventative measures such as vacuuming, washing clothing, and seal openings in your home. These beetles can hide well so to ensure you’ve removed all of them, call Suburban Exterminating.

Can Furniture Carpet Beetles hurt me?

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

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

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.