Black Carpet Beetle


Actual Size: 2.8 to 5 mm

Characteristics: Dark black or brown; twice as long as it is wide.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Adults have wings and can fly.

Habitat: Live and breed in the soil, often under rocks, logs, leaves, and more.


  • The most common and destructive species of carpet beetles.
  • May be brought into the house with old woolens and carpeting.
  • Attracted to flowers, and in the spring, they may fly into homes and buildings.

Black Carpet Beetles in North Carolina

The black carpet beetle is the most common and most destructive carpet beetle in North Carolina. It destroys any household products that contain keratin, a principal protein found in animal hair and feathers. Plant materials such as cereals and grains, as well as synthetic fabrics not derived from animal matter, may also be attacked. Additionally, dried insect specimens, such as those found in insect collections, are also destroyed.

Because there are many different types of beetles in North Carolina, they can be difficult to distinguish, however our common beetle species can help with this.

Black Carpet Beetle Habitat

Outdoors, female beetles search 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. Black carpet beetle adults are attracted to flowers, and in the spring, they may fly into homes and buildings. The larvae may wander from the nest into the attic and other parts of the house. Very often, black carpet beetles are brought into the house with old woolens and carpeting. Sometimes, black carpet beetles are introduced into homes or buildings in stored products such as dried dog food.

What Causes Carpet Beetles?

Carpet Beetles enter homes through open doors, windows, or other small openings. They are also brought in on infested items like furniture, clothing, and other fabric items. Once inside, they find suitable locations to feed and breed.

Signs of Carpet Beetles

Signs of Carpet Beetle infestations include visible damage to fabrics, carpets, and upholstered furniture. You may also notice shed skins and fecal pellets in areas where the larvae have been feeding. Adult beetles are often found near windows, as they are attracted to light.

What do Carpet Bug Eggs Look Like?

Carpet Beetle eggs are tiny, white, and oval-shaped. They are often laid in clusters in dark, secluded areas where food is abundant. These eggs are challenging to spot without close inspection.

Black Beetle Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Black carpet beetles are scavengers. In homes, the black carpet beetle is a pest in kitchen cupboards, as well as in woolen carpets or clothing storage areas. Infestations can stem from bird nests, animal carcasses, or accumulations of dead insects such as flies or lady beetles in attics or basements. Stored products like cereal, pet food, birdseed, are other possible sources of carpet beetles. If you are dealing with a black carpet beetle infestation, always contact your local beetle exterminators.

Do Carpet Beetles Bite?

Carpet Beetles do not bite humans. However, the bristles on their larvae can cause skin irritation, leading to a condition known as carpet beetle dermatitis.

How to Get Rid of Black Carpet Beetles?

Controlling Black Carpet Beetles involves a combination of cleaning, prevention, and, if necessary, chemical treatments. Regular vacuuming, proper storage of wool items and other fabrics, and prompt cleaning of spills are crucial in preventing infestations. In cases of severe infestation, professional pest control services are recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why Am I Getting Beetles in My House?

Beetles can enter houses seeking shelter, especially as the weather changes (like in fall or spring). They may come in through cracks, open windows, or doors. Some species are attracted to lights or moisture.

What is a Beetle Infestation?

A beetle infestation occurs when a large number of beetles are present in an area, often inside a home or building. This can lead to damage to property, food products, and textiles, depending on the beetle species.

What is the Most Common Beetle?

The most common beetle can vary by region. However, species like carpet beetles, powderpost beetles, and lady beetles (including Asian lady beetles) are commonly found in many areas.