Scientific Name: Anthrenus verbasci
Color: Black centers, with white, brown and yellow
patches in an irregular arrangement
Varied carpet beetles get their name from the rainbow of color
on their back surfaces. Varied Carpet Beetles can be found in all
These pests enjoy dining on carpets, woolen fabrics, dead insects,
furs, hides, feathers, horns, hair, silk and bones. It can take
249-354 days to three years for varied carpet beetles to grow from
an egg to an adult.
Varied carpet beetles are found in homes in attics, Oriental carpets,
tapestries and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting.
Varied carpet beetles feed on dead insects, but also feed on upholstery
and carpet, so they can damage those materials. They can also damage
As with moths, to avoid varied carpet beetle infestations, store
clothing in plastic containers. Dry clean clothing thoroughly before
storing for long periods of time.