Pest Control - Textile & Carpet Insects

This section covers both carpet beetles and carpet moths both of which are destructive in the home.  
The larval form of carpet beetle are roughly 4–5mm in length. The body is covered in a pattern of alternating light- and dark-brown stripes. The body is usually wider at the back than at the front and also bears 3 pairs of hair tufts along its rear abdomen that can be used for self-defense.  The larvae of the carpet beetle is a common household pest.  Adult beetles usually lay their eggs in air ducts, in closets, under furniture, or under floorboards.  Once hatched and until they pupate into adults, the larvae hide in dark, undisturbed areas and feed on organic material. The larvae are thus responsible for the damage of various items, such as furniture, clothing, blankets, furs, and carpets.  Infestations can be prevented by regular vacuum cleaning, dry cleaning and airing clothing outside.  Signs of an infestation include the presence of damaged articles, molted larval skins in dark areas, and an abundance of adult beetles near windows.