Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles are light brown to black in color and are around ¼ inch long. They prefer dark, isolated areas and are usually found indoors.


Carpet Beetle larvae feed on household fabrics like wool, silk, leather, spices and grains, leaving scattered holes behind. Adult Carpet Beetles lay their eggs in late spring, and are active until the winter. The adults mostly feed on pollen and nectar outside the home and are a nuisance inside the home when they lay their eggs in carpets, clothes and crevices.


Carpet Beetles are found throughout the United States.

Similar or Related Pests

Silverfish and Clothes Moth larvae

Cultural Solutions

  • Check in the spring to ensure windows or doors are free of cracks; adults could get in to lay their eggs.
  • Vacuum thoroughly and regularly.