OPENED A CUPBOARD OR DRAWER AND DISCOVERED HOLES IN YOUR CLOTHES?
That’s the work of one of the insects grouped as ‘Fabric Pests’ – carpet beetles.
Carpet beetles are found in woollen carpets and underlay , but also in woollen goods, fur, silk, upholstery and stuffed animals. They are often found in undisturbed areas, such as below items of heavy furniture or carpet perimeters.
Carpet beetles can infest dwellings via bird’s nests in roofs and on cut flowers brought inside. Thorough and frequent vacuuming of carpets, soft furnishings and areas covered by furniture can assist in control. Pay particular attention to carpet edges adjacent to skirtings.
The search for shelter may also bring beetles indoors. Some of these pests overwinter entre home or business to avoid cold weather. They may enter the house through cracks in the foundation or gaps around door and window frames. These pests can get inside by hiding in:
- Potted plants
- Size: 2-3.5 mm long.
- Mottled yellow, white and black markings.
Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus flavipes) has a life cycle ranging from 3/9 months depending upon the environmental conditions..