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Common types of beetles in Texas
Black Carpet Beetles
The black carpet beetle is a pest often found in kitchen cupboards, closets and storage areas, and in carpets. They will feed on almost anything they come across including wool, leather, hair, and dead insects.
As their name suggests they are a black or reddish-brown color and are covered with short hairs. They have three sets of legs and a pair of short antennae.
Varied Carpet Beetles
Varied carpet beetles are a stored product pest and feed on fabrics and animal bi-products.
Adults range from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long and have an oval body. They are black, with a “varied” arrangement of beige, yellow and white colors on the upper part of their thorax and over their wing covers. The head is bent at a downward angle, and when viewed from above it is almost completely concealed.
Furniture Carpet Beetles
These beetles are round in shape and are black with a yellow and white mottling. Their larvae are oval-shaped and are covered with long brown hairs.
Their body is oval-shaped and their head is bent at a downward angle making them appear humpbacked. Cigarette beetle larvae are worm-like and creamy white. Cigarette beetles are active when the temperature is 65°F or above.
Are beetles dangerous?
They will damage fabrics, furniture, clothing and contaminate food.
Also, coming into contact with live adults, their shed skins, or excrement can trigger an allergic reaction in some individuals.
Why do I have a beetle problem?
Where will I find beetles?
How do I get rid of beetles?
How can I prevent beetles?
- To help prevent adults from making their way inside your home, seal any cracks or crevices around windows and doors.
- Make sure that screens are completely intact.
- Regularly vacuum and dust to pick up shed pet hair, human hair, and dust.
- Don’t purchase dry goods from the store that have holes or tears in them.
- Store clothing and other fabrics made from natural fibers in pest-proof storage containers instead of cardboard boxes.
- Store dry goods in airtight containers instead of their original packaging.
- Replace white outdoor bulbs with yellow bulbs or LED bulbs that are less attractive to insects.
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