Varied Carpet Beetles

“Dermestidae – Anthrenus verbasci” by Hectonichus – Own work.

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“Anthrenus verbasci 2 (aka)” by André Karwath aka Aka – Own work.

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Varied carpet beetles get their name from the rainbow of color on their back surfaces.


These pests enjoy dining on carpets, woolen fabrics, dead insects, furs, hides, feathers, horns, hair, silk and bones. It can take 249-354 days to three years for varied carpet beetles to grow from an egg to an adult.


Varied carpet beetles are found in homes in attics, Oriental carpets, tapestries and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting.

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