Carpet beetles are small beetles whose larvae are household pests that feed on dead organic matter. The larvae thrive in natural fiber carpets, rugs, clothing, stored foods and natural specimens in museums.
There are many species of carpet beetles belonging to the family Dermestidae, including the black carpet beetle and the varied carpet beetle. Carpet beetle larvae are small, hairy worms. Adults are oval-shaped and about 1/8-inch long with short antennae. Unlike the larvae, adults feed on pollen and nectar. Carpet beetles do not bite, but the larvae’s hairs are allergenic and can cause insect bite-like reactions on human skin.