Pest Advice - Carpet / Fur Beetles

What are they? 

 

Beetles such as carpet beetles are commonly found in our homes. Although they pose no risk to health they can be a nuisance and cause damage to textile products such as wool, fur, leather, silk and other natural fibres.

The beetles are small, round and about the size of a ladybird (0.15cm to 0.4cm in length). They are dark brown or black with mottled patches of white or yellow. Fur beetles are the same size but have a single white spot on each wing.

The female will lay between 20 and 100 eggs in spring/early summer on furs, wool and natural fibres.

The eggs hatch into brown, hairy larvae, known as woolly bears.

The woolly bears avoid light and curl into a ball when approached. It is the larva that causes the damage, feeding until they are ready to turn into a carpet or fur beetle.

How to prevent an infestation

  • Vacuum regularly (especially in areas under storage heaters or at the skirting junction)
  • Remove old / unoccupied birds' nests from the eaves and loft spaces
  • Remove dead birds or rodents when found in chimneys, under floors or in loft spaces
  • Avoid storing goods with natural fibre content (like old carpets and clothing) in roof spaces as they are potential food sources 

Can I treat them?

The best way to treat an infestation of carpet or fur beetles is to use a suitable insecticide*. You can buy this from your local DIY or garden centre.

*Always refer to the product instructions BEFORE use and follow these at ALL times

 

 


Last Updated on Friday, November 01, 2019

What are they? 

 

Beetles such as carpet beetles are commonly found in our homes. Although they pose no risk to health they can be a nuisance and cause damage to textile products such as wool, fur, leather, silk and other natural fibres.

The beetles are small, round and about the size of a ladybird (0.15cm to 0.4cm in length). They are dark brown or black with mottled patches of white or yellow. Fur beetles are the same size but have a single white spot on each wing.

The female will lay between 20 and 100 eggs in spring/early summer on furs, wool and natural fibres.

The eggs hatch into brown, hairy larvae, known as woolly bears.

The woolly bears avoid light and curl into a ball when approached. It is the larva that causes the damage, feeding until they are ready to turn into a carpet or fur beetle.

How to prevent an infestation

  • Vacuum regularly (especially in areas under storage heaters or at the skirting junction)
  • Remove old / unoccupied birds' nests from the eaves and loft spaces
  • Remove dead birds or rodents when found in chimneys, under floors or in loft spaces
  • Avoid storing goods with natural fibre content (like old carpets and clothing) in roof spaces as they are potential food sources 

Can I treat them?

The best way to treat an infestation of carpet or fur beetles is to use a suitable insecticide*. You can buy this from your local DIY or garden centre.

*Always refer to the product instructions BEFORE use and follow these at ALL times


Last Updated on Friday, November 01, 2019