Black Carpet Beetle

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Actual Size: 2.8 to 5 mm

Characteristics: Dark black or brown; twice as long as it is wide.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Adults have wings and can fly.

Habitat: Live and breed in the soil, often under rocks, logs, leaves, and more.

Habits:

  • The most common and destructive species of carpet beetles.
  • May be brought into the house with old woolens and carpeting.
  • Attracted to flowers, and in the spring, they may fly into homes and buildings.


Black Carpet Beetles in Arkansas

The black carpet beetle is the most common and most destructive carpet beetle in Arkansas. It destroys any household products that contain keratin, the principal protein found in animal hair and feathers. It may also consume plant materials such as cereals and grains, as well as synthetic fabrics not derived from animal matter. Additionally, they may also destroy dried insect specimens, such as those found in insect collections.

Black Carpet Beetle Habitat

Outdoors, female beetles search out spider webs, bees, wasps, or bird nests as locations to lay their eggs. These nests and webs contain dead insects, beeswax, pollen, feathers, or other debris that can serve as larval food. Black carpet beetle adults are attracted to flowers, and in the spring, they may enter homes and buildings. The larvae may wander from the nest into the attic and other parts of the house. Very often, black carpet beetles are brought into the house with old woolens and carpeting. Sometimes, black carpet beetles are introduced into homes or buildings in stored products such as dried dog food.

Black Beetle Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Black carpet beetles are scavengers. In homes, the black carpet beetle is a pest in kitchen cupboards, as well as in woolen carpets or clothing storage areas. Infestations can stem from bird nests, animal carcasses, or accumulations of dead insects such as flies or lady beetles in attics or basements. Stored products like cereal, pet food and birdseed, are other possible sources of carpet beetles. If you are dealing with a black carpet beetle infestation, always contact your local beetle exterminators.