Black Carpet Beetle Facts

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The black carpet beetle is a common household pest. This insect is often found inside the house because it mainly feeds on different types of fabric such as clothing and carpet.

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An adult black carpet beetle's body can range in length anywhere from 2.8 mm to 5 mm. As the name implies, black carpet beetles are usually black but can sometimes look reddish brown. Female and male have three pairs of legs connected to their abdomen.

Life Cycle

Adult female black carpet beetles lay eggs. These eggs then hatch within six to 11 days into larvae. The larvae stage can last anywhere from one to two years and include multiple moults by an individual larva. The larvae pupate and finally become adults within two to 20 days after the pupal period.


Black carpet beetles are infamous for their destructive eating habits. They tend to eat anything that originated from an animal such as feathers, dried meat, silk and leather. These beetles also feast on fabrics such as wool and carpet. They are considered to be more physically destructive than moths.


There are multiple ways to control an infestation of black carpet beetles when found in the home. If the problem exists in one area, then the product the insects are feeding on can be eliminated from the home. If you find these insects throughout the home, then there are pesticide chemicals that can be purchased.


If a black carpet beetle problem is found in the house, be sure to take caution before using a pesticide. Pesticides can be poisonous and must be used correctly to avoid further complications.

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