Tiny, round beetles with larvae that grow up to 1/4-inch in length; the adults grow to 1/16-inch.
Adult beetles are generally tan in color, they are covered by tiny black, brown, and white scales. The larvae are tan and black in color and have numerous tufts of stiff hairs on the body.
Fabric pests such as carpet beetles, although not particularly dangerous, can sometimes cause irreparable damage to personal belongings. The larvae are able to digest animal hairs and, therefore, feed on almost any item made of natural fibers, particularly wool and cashmere. The adult carpet beetle feed on nectar and pollen.
Outdoors, carpet beetles are found in birds’ nests and animal dens where they can find the animal hair and feathers on which they feed. Indoors, these pests will be associated with woolen, silk, and other natural fiber fabrics. Carpet beetles may also be found living under carpets and rugs and in voids where hairs or dead insects have accumulated. Carpet beetles require a comprehensive pest service in order to locate the areas in which they may live.
Your Terminix service professional can rid your home of these pests, but there are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until your fabric pest problem can be controlled: