Carpet Beetles

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Carpet beetles, as their name implies, sometimes infest carpets. Similar to clothes moths, the pests also feed on many other items composed of wool, fur, felt, silk, feathers, skins, and leather. Such materials contain keratin, a fibrous animal protein which the larvae are able to digest. Cotton and synthetic fabrics such as polyester and rayon are rarely attacked unless blended with wool, or heavily soiled with food stains or body oils. Infestations of carpet beetles can develop undetected, causing harm to vulnerable items.

This course is approved for Continuing education Units (CEUs) by the California Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB). After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the and lifecycle of carpet beetles.
  • Understand characteristics and differences of the varied carpet beetle, furniture carpet beetle, and the black carpet beetle.
  • Identify and distinguish damage that results from carpet beetles.
  • Complete treatments to eliminate sources of carpet beetles.
  • Implement and communicate methods to protect items in storage.
  • Apply and select chemical control options to treat carpet beetles.

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