Friday, February 18, 2022

The Varied Carpet Beetle

The Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci) seems to be the most common pest in dwellings of Britain. The beetle is fairly small and strongly convex, rather like a tiny ladybird, with a characteristic mottled pattern of yellow, black and whitish dense scales. The larvae are brown and hairy, with bunches of golden hairs. This is why they get their common name of 'Woolly Bears'. Both beetles and larvae attack woollen materials, and cause damage to carpets in dark corners or under furniture. They also infest grain and other vegetable products.

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