A common house hold bug in the Okanagan is the Carpet Beetle. Carpet beetles are scavengers that feed on carpets, furniture, lint, hair, garments, blankets, pet food, dead insects, leather, even pollen from those flowers your significant other gave you.
Frequent Vacuuming is a great preventative measure to remove the live Carpet Beetle and larvae and its dry soil food source. A Hot water extraction deep cleaning is Strongly recommended to remove the organic soils that are providing there food source e.g. Skin oils, pet dander oils, small lint, spilled food and drinks that a regular vacuum will not pick up. Those carpets and upholstery need to be professionally steam cleaned to eliminate an Ideal environment for an infestation.
Carpet beetles, which belong to the family of beetles, are pests in warehouses, homes, museums, and other locations where suitable food exists. There are three species of carpet beetles that cause serious damage to fabrics, carpets, furs, stored food, and preserved specimens.
In the home they will typical nest in dark closet corners (wear you keep those cotton shirts), under base boards, behind or under unmoved furniture (covering up those stains from a few years ago), air ducts, drapes, and anywhere else suitable.
If you suspect carpet beetles in your home talk to a pest control specialist then professional carpet cleaning company.
Varied Carpet Beetle
The adult varied carpet beetle, is about 1/10 inch long and black with an irregular pattern of white, brown, and dark yellow scales on its wing covers. In older adults the scales that form this pattern wear off, so the beetles appear solid brown or black. Indoors, beetles deposit eggs on or near wool carpets and rugs, woolen goods, animal skins, furs, stuffed animals, leather book bindings, feathers, animal horns, whalebone, hair, silk, dried plant products, and other materials that can serve as larval food. Adults usually appear in spring or early summer; indoors, you’ll often find them near windows. Mature larvae are slightly longer than adults and are covered with dense tufts of hair they extend upright to form a round plume if disturbed. They have alternating light and dark brown stripes and are distinguishable from other carpet beetle larvae because they are broader in the rear and narrower in front.
Furniture Carpet Beetles
When viewed from above, adults of the furniture carpet beetle are slightly larger and rounder than the varied carpet beetle. Coloration and markings vary, but the furniture carpet beetle generally has a mottled appearance due to the black spots that intersperse the white and dark yellow to orange scales on its wing covers. If these scales have worn off, the adults can appear solid black. Their undersides are white. Larvae are white at first but darken to dark red or chestnut brown as they mature. In contrast to larvae of the varied carpet beetle, these larvae are broader in front and narrower at the rear. Larvae of the furniture carpet beetle feed on the same types of items as varied carpet beetle larvae.
Black Carpet Beetle
Adults and larvae of the black carpet beetle are distinctly different from the carpet beetles described above. Adult black carpet beetles range from 1/8 to 3/16 inch long. They are shiny black and dark brown with brownish legs. Full-sized larvae can be as long as 5/16 inch and range from light brown to almost black. Larvae are shiny, smooth, and hard, while short, stiff hairs cover their body. Their body tapers toward the rear and ends in a tuft of long hairs.