Carpet moths / beetles

Although there are several types of carpet beetle the most common is the varied carpet beetle. 

It is the larval stage of the beetle's life cycle which causes the most damage to carpets by feeding on any natural fibres within the carpet.

The female beetle lay around 35-100 eggs in batches.

The beetles in their larvae stage are sometimes called 'woolly bears' due to bristles which can be seen around the edge of the body.

The larvae (woolly bears) emerge from the eggs and start feeding.

The larvae are repelled by the light and as a result cause deep burrowing into their food which is carpets.

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