How to tell a Carpet Beetle from a Carpet Moth?
Most commonly referred to as carpet moth, this pest is actually a carpet beetle and it beats the clothes moth as the title holder of Britain’s main textile pest.
Are your Carpets, Curtains, Upholstery, Linen or Clothes being eaten by carpet beetle?
Carpet beetle can cause significant damage to textiles, evidence of damage can easily be seen often along the seams of fabric where the grubs bite through the fabric. You will often see well-defined round holes.
Why are my carpets being eaten by Carpet Beetle?
Adult carpet beetle feeds on pollen and nectar in the garden. However, they lay their eggs in old birds’ nests and also in fur, felt, fluff or other fabric in buildings. The larvae (grubs) from the eggs do the damage to textiles as they feed on textiles such as fur, feathers, wool and hair.
People often described as causing damage to materials in the airing cupboard which can be explained by the grubs moving along pipes from the roof space into airing cupboards where they feed on the abundance of textiles kept there.
Adult carpet beetle are usually seen in April to June when they are finding suitable sites to lay their eggs. The grubs are most active in October.
Carpet beetle on the rise
There are a number of reasons by carpet beetle has become more prevalent and this includes: