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Varied Carpet Beetle


Actual Size: 2 to 3 mm

Characteristics: Oval, with a variable, irregular arrangement of white, brownish, and yellowish scales.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, and they can fly.

Habitat: In homes, will infest attics feeding on insect remains, then move down into the home for carpet and more.


  • Feeds on both plant and animal products.
  • Known to ingest carpet, wool, stuffed animals, hair, leather, and insects.
  • Strong flyers and beetles enter homes through open windows, especially around eaves and attic vents.

Varied Carpet Beetles in Salina

The varied carpet beetle, named for the various colors on its back, is the most common in Salina. Carpet beetles are small insects that eat natural fibers like carpet. Carpet beetle larvae are frequently striped and are covered in bristles, causing them to appear furry. They’re easy to notice and usually how a homeowner discovers a carpet beetle infestation. As larvae mature, they shed their “shells,” which is another common way that carpet beetle infestations are identified.

Varied Carpet Beetle Habitat

In outdoor environments, female beetles seek out spider webs, bees, wasps, or bird nests as locations to lay their eggs. These nests and webs contain dead insects, beeswax, pollen, feathers, or other debris that can serve as larval food. The presence of varied carpet beetles goes unnoticed in many homes. In small numbers, they can be beneficial in the sense that they are good at breaking down old organic matter and “cleaning up” after other insects. Adults usually appear in spring or early summer. They are attracted to light and you’ll often find them near windows.

Varied Carpet Beetle Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Carpet beetles are scavengers. Particularly in large, old homes, they commonly become entrenched in attics feeding on dead insects. They then move down into the home to infest Oriental rugs, wall hangings, and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting. Beyond carpet, the varied carpet beetle is known to feed on whatever it can find: woolen goods, skins, furs, stuffed animals, leather book bindings, and dead insects and spiders. If you believe that your home has a carpet beetle infestation, contact a beetle control expert.

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