Carpet beetles are small (5-7mm) mottled or striped round beetles. They are good fliers and can be found in the garden. The adult causes no damage. It is the larvae, sometimes known as ‘woolly bears’ that damage woolens, and other fabrics of animal origin. There are a number of species that frequently infest homes and places where animal fabric and fur is stored. The Black Carpet Beetle, the Common Carpet Beetle, the Varied Carpet Beetle, the Furniture Carpet Beetle and a close cousin, the Fur Beetle have all been introduced to New Zealand and are frequently found devouring the woolens and carpets of AUSTRALIAN homes.

The Wooly Bears are small (3-5mm) brown or black, sometimes hairy larvae often stripped brown and yellow, although their colour is species and age specific. The pupae are similar in appearance to the larvae but lack the legs and hairs. If you find the larvae or pupae in your home eradication and control can be achieved by a combination of thorough vacuuming to remove larvae, pupae and animal hairs, and insecticidal treatment of affected areas. Call PESTFREE for identification and treatment.

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