Carpet Beetle

Fabric and Textile Pests

Fabric and Textile pests are insects that damage fabric and paper products. The three main fabric pests we deal with on a daily basis include silverfish, clothes moths and carpet beetles.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetles are small and oval in shape.  The adult beetles feed on pollen while the larvae feed on a wide range of animal-based items, including silk, leather, fur, wool and animal hair. As a result, carpet beetles may infest carpets, upholstered furniture, blankets, coats, comforters, wool, pillows and clothing. While carpet beetles rarely attack synthetic fabrics, they may feed on these items when they are soiled by perspiration, oil or food. Carpet beetle infestations can spread quickly.

Carpet beetles enter homes through doors, windows and other openings, although they may be brought in on fresh cut plants and flowers, as well. Some carpet beetles make their homes inside the nests of birds or other animals and can live in walls cavities and roof voids.

Both the adults and larvae stage prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas. As a result of this an infestation can go unnoticed until it is widespread.

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Silverfish prefer damp, dark, warm and humid places to harbor. Because of this they are often found in bathrooms, kitchens, roof voids, wall cavities, cupboards and bookshelves.

Outdoors, they may be found living under the bark of trees and garden beds, under rocks, in rotten logs and among leaf litter.

Homeowners most commonly detect silverfish when they find one on the floor or in a sink/bathtub, or they will find holes in their clothing.


Clothes Moth

Clothes moth consumes wool, fur, silk and hair. If left untreated, clothes moth infestations can decimate entire wardrobes. Clothes moths should not be confused with stored product pest or food infesting moths. Clothes moths prefer the cover of darkness and do not typically fly to lights.

The most visible and easy to identify clothes moths are the males, as the females are weak fliers and prefer to hop or run. Female clothes moths tend to die soon after laying eggs, which they attach to their preferred fabrics. This results in the larval stage being responsible for damage caused to clothing.

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Carpet Beetle FAQs

To eliminate carpet beetles, vacuum thoroughly, focus on areas with lint and hair, and clean and seal potential food sources. Consider using insecticides labelled for carpet beetle control and address any underlying issues that may attract them OR give Dawson’s Australia a call to discuss your pest control requirements.
Carpet beetles are attracted to natural fibres and materials like wool, silk, and feathers, including protein-rich materials such as pet hair and dead insects. Poor cleaning practices, the presence of pet hair, and the accumulation of lint and debris can create favourable conditions for carpet beetles.
No, carpet beetles do not bite humans. They primarily feed on natural fibres, animal products, and certain food items. Unlike bed bugs, they are not known to bite humans.
Carpet beetles can enter homes through open doors, windows and vents or be carried in on clothing and other items like infested furniture. They are also known to infest stored products and can enter homes from infested food sources. Regular cleaning and sealing entry points can help prevent infestations. Contact Dawson’s Australia today to discuss your requirements.
Carpet beetles feed on natural fibres, causing damage to carpets, clothing, upholstery, and stored products. While they don't pose health risks to humans, their presence can lead to damage to household items.
Yes, carpet beetles feed on natural fibres found in clothing, including wool, silk, and cotton. Regular cleaning, proper storage, and monitoring for signs of infestation can help protect clothing from damage.
Carpet beetles are relatively common household pests. Their prevalence can vary, but they are found in many parts of Australia. Vigilant cleaning practices and pest control measures can help manage their presence. It's important to address carpet beetle infestations promptly to prevent damage to belongings and maintain a pest-free home environment. Get in touch with Dawson’s Australia Pest Control Services today.

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