Common Carpet Beetle
Other fabric pests such as the Black Carpet Beetle, Varied Carpet Beetle and Clothes Moths are more widely known than the Common Carpet Beetle. This is a pest sometimes encountered by those responsible for pest control in museums. Basic information for identification and elimination of the Common Carpet Beetle are covered in this article. For articles on other pests, go to the Pest Index. For articles on different insecticides, baits, herbicides, traps and other pest control equipment, go to the Pest Control Supply page.
The adult stage of the Common Carpet Beetle is smaller than the Black Carpet Beetle and rounded in shape. The coloration of the adult beetle can vary from grey to darker shades that are almost black. The most distinguishing feature of the adult is a band of scales running down its back that appears orange or red in color.
Common Carpet Beetle larvae are smaller than most beetles in the fabric
Control or elimination of this beetle parallels that of general carpet beetle control, beginning with inspection (to locate and eliminate breeding sources when possible) and ending with careful spraying and dusting of infested areas. Use an odorless insecticide concentrate that is water-safe for fabrics. Suspend SC is a favorite of professionals because it can be used on many different types of surfaces in a wide variety of locations including homes, restaurants and other sensitive areas. Suspend SC dries clear and has no offending odor. After your spray application has been allowed to dry thoroughly, apply Drione Dust (using a hand bellows duster such as the Crusader Duster) to any tiny cracks, crevices, seams or hiding places where immature stages of the Common Carpet Beetle might be found foraging for food.