Varied Carpet Beetle
The varied carpet beetle can be identified by irregular striations of brown, yellow, and white across their backs, which is where the name “carpet beetle” comes from. Their bodies are usually 1/16 of an inch when fully grown and they can take between eight months and three years to grow from an egg into adulthood.
Found throughout the United States, varied carpet beetles are commonly found in fabrics such as tapestries and carpeting. Your less used living spaces, such as attics or basements, are particularly susceptible to this insect. They also feed on clothes items made from natural fibers, such as wool, fur, or mohair. If you plan on storing your clothes for long periods, have them washed or dry-cleaned before storing in plastic containers to prevent beetle infestation. Additionally, keep an eye out for any carpet or rug damage, especially in older rugs, and have them cleaned periodically.