Varied Carpet beetles mostly eat carpet, wool, dead insects, furs, hides, feathers, horns, hair, silk and bones.HABITAT
Varied carpet beetles are found in attics, wool carpets, tapestries and wall-to-wall carpeting.
Varied carpet beetles can ruin clothing, upholstery and carpet by eating it.PREVENTION
- Since beetles are drawn to fibers, to protect your clothing keep your clothes off the floor, store un-used clothing in plastic bags or containers and dry clean clothing before storing it.
Powder Post Beetle
Lyctid Powder Post beetles usually feed on hard woods.
Lyctid Powder Post beetles lay their eggs in cracks of wood. They are found in hardwood floors, timbers and crates, antiques and other things made of hard wood.
Lyctid Powder Post beetles dig holes in wood. They can kill or damage trees and things made from wood like furniture. There are even documented cases that powder post beetles have destroyed houses!
- Paint or seal any exposed or raw wood in your home.
Merchant Grain Beetle
These beetles have extremely flat bodies. This body shape allows them to crawl into packaged foods to eat, live and reproduce. It only takes them about 3-4 weeks to grow from baby to adult and an adult Merchant Grain beetle can live up to 3 years.
Size: 1/10" to 1/8"
Shape: Narrow, oval, flat
Common Name: Merchant Grain Beetle
Merchant grain beetles don’t really eat whole grain products. They are drawn to foods high in fat, such as cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies and chocolate.HABITAT
Merchant grain beetles are found in pantries or in food processing areas or warehouses.IMPACT
Merchant grain beetles can get into stored food and can contaminate food by laying eggs and leaving waste behind.PREVENTION
- Discard infested packages.
- Clean up spilled grain and food.