Carpet beetles are basically nature's clean-up crew. Their diet is made up of dried-up animal waste as well as fabrics like wool – making your house a great spot for them to thrive. Because they are pretty tiny, they can squeeze through even the smallest opening or tear (and of course an open door or window). Not only can adult carpet beetles also enter on secondhand furniture, rugs, or clothing but since that's where they lay their eggs, you may also be bringing in their children. A deep scrub of these items before bringing them in will go a long way in preventing an introduction of them.
The larvae of these beetles will eat fur, silk, and even eat through leather! Their bristly hair can irritate sensitive skin as well. Even though adult carpet beetles can feed on pollen, their favorite cuisine is dead bugs. Flies and wasps that are seeking shelter from the elements may not survive in your home. That's a great food source for carpet beetles. In the fall, several pests will be squeezing into your home. Carpet beetles may follow knowing that not all of those pests will make it. The adults will also make their way under molding and baseboards since their next favorite meal – human and/or pet hair – will be found. And if you have adult carpet beetles in your home, odds are you have larvae and eggs, too.
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