Carpet Beetle


Carpet beetles are small insect pests that cause damage by feeding on a variety of animal based material in homes and other buildings.


Adult carpet beetles are small with compact, rounded, oval bodies.

Their legs and head are not obvious and are often hidden under the body.

The variegated carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci) and furniture carpet beetle (Anthrenus flavipes) are 2-3 millimetres long and mottled yellow, white and black.

The black carpet beetle (Attagenus unicolor) is larger, ranging from 3-5 millimetres, more elongate and black with brownish legs.

The Australian carpet beetle (Anthrenocerus australis) is 2-3 millimetres long and dark with light markings.

Of the four species, only the Australian carpet beetle is native.

Carpet beetle larvae move slowly and are 4-7 millimetres long, depending on the species. They are brown in colour and covered in bristles. As the larvae grow they moult, leaving cast brown skins.

Handy hints to keep Carpet Beetles away…

Regularly clean or vacuum carpets, rugs, soft furnishings and upholstered furniture. Washing and steam cleaning where appropriate is effective.

Prevent birds and rodents from nesting by sealing holes in house, roof and sub-floor areas. Regularly clean areas frequented by pets – bedding.

Information above taken from fact sheet from CSIRO Animal Pests. For further information on Carpet beetles please click on link below.