Harrier Pest Control
Harrier Pest Control principally deal with two species of carpet beetles The Fur Beetle (Attagenus pellio), also known as the two spot carpet beetle is an important pest damaging stored products such as furs, skins, textiles and grain, and the Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)
Both beetles are often associated with the presence of birds nests as they occur naturally in nests feeding off feathers and dead chicks etc.
This beetle can be a serious household pest and a pest in natural history museums, where it can damage many biological specimens. While adults are pollen grazers, larvae feed on natural fibers and can damage carpets, furniture, clothing and insects collections.
They are at their most prevalent in spring when they can often be see in windows attracted by the light.
The larval form is known as a woolly bear, a name it shares with the larvae of Arctia caja and many other moths of the family Arctiidae. The hairs on the larvae become detached when the insect pupates and if they become imbedded in human skin they can cause a bite-like reaction.
Their larvae can do considerable damage to natural fibres in carpets etc.
The varied carpet beetle has a very long life cycle and by the time the adult beetles are seen the larvae have been eating away at natural fibres for up to three years.
Treatment is to remove any accumulated birds’ nesting material if present and to treat carpets etc with an appropriate insecticide. As the larvae are hidden away under carpets etc it is often necessary to carry out repeated treatments over a number of years before the problem is completely cured.