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Do you have carpet beetles or stored product insects in your home or business? We can help.

There are several types of Beetles. Beetles and moths found in food are usually known as an SPI (Stored product insects) and the food beetles include Confused Flour Beetle, Merchant Grain Beetle, Larder Beetle, Rice Weevil, Grain Weevil, Biscuit Beetle and Spider Beetles.

Beetles can also be textile pests and damage items such as woollen carpets or woollen clothes as well as materials containing feathers, hair or leather. These, along with clothes moth, are called textile pests and examples include carpet beetles and fur beetles.

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Carpet Beetle

The larvae (known as “woolly bears”) of these small, oval beetles are very common. They are small, about 2 to 4mm long, and look like a small, mottled brown, grey and cream ladybird. 

The larvae are small (about 4mm long), covered in brown hairs, and tend to roll up when disturbed.

Adults are often seen in April, May and June, and the larvae are most active in October before they hibernate.

The adult Carpet Beetle feeds only on pollen  but lays its eggs in old birds’ nests, fabric in buildings. It is the larvae that do the damage. They feed on feathers, fur, hair, or wool. 

Other common SPI's ( Stored product Insects)

Stored product insects can enter the food chain at any point, during the manufacturing cycle or in the warehouses / stores. They not only eat the food but breed and complete their full life cycle in it.

For this reason SPI's are considered to be the most expensive pest.

The first sign of an infestation is sightings of the adult insect. This could be moths or beetles inside the cupboards. 

Removing the adult insects is unlikely to get rid of the problem. It is critical to find the source and remove it. 

 

Textile pests

The most common textile pests are the Common Clothes Moth. The adults do no damage when feeding. It is the larvae which eat wool, hair, fur or feathers. The preference is for items with a high wool content as they eat the keratin.

The larvae are white caterpillars with golden-brown heads, which spin a hiding place of characteristic loose silk webbing,

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