Size:1/8 to 3/16 inches long
Treatment:Spray and Fogging
VARIED CARPET BEETLES
The adult beetles are black with white, brown, and dark yellow scales in an irregular pattern. These scales can wear off and older adult beetles look solid black or dark brown. They are about a tenth of an inch long. Mature larvae are the same length, but look very different. They have light and dark stripes with tufts of dark hair covering their bodies. They are wider towards the front of their bodies and taper towards the back.
Adult Varied Carpet Beetles lay around 40 eggs that take 10 to 20 days to hatch. The larval stage lasts anywhere from 220 to 630 days, and the adult stage is only about 2-5 weeks.
FURNITURE CARPET BEETLES
These are slightly larger than varied carpet beetles at about an eight of an inch and have a highly variable scale pattern with white, dark yellow, orange, and black colored scales. The scales can wear off and the beetles will appear dark black. The undersides of these beetles are white.
The larvae are white and mature larvae turn dark red or chestnut colored. They are opposite of the varied carpet beetles in that they are wider in the front, narrower in the back. Adult females lay about 60 eggs and take 9-16 days to hatch. The larval stage lasts from 70 to 94 days and the adult stage lasts 4 to 8 weeks.
COMMON CARPET BEETLES
These beetles are nearly round and roughly the same size as the other varieties. They are gray to black in color with small white scales with a band of reddish orange scales running down the back and around the eyes. The larvae are a red-brown color and are a quarter of an inch long, covered in dark brown hairs.
BLACK CARPET BEETLES
These beetles look very different than varied and furniture carpet beetles. They are 1/8 to 3/16 inches long and are a shiny black or dark brown, with no colored scales. The larvae are 5/16 of an inch long and are a light brown or black and are shiny, hard, and smooth. They are covered in short hairs and the tapered body ends in a long tuft of hair. The females lay about 90 eggs that take 6-16 days to hatch. The larval stage lasts around 166-330 days, and the adults live for 4 to 8 weeks.
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