Carpet beetles are widespread in Sydney, they can be found in residential and commercial premises where natural fibres are present. Adult carpet beetles usually appear in the warmer months, their food is nectar and pollen and they can enter your home via opened windows and doors or can be transported on freshly cut flowers. Adult carpet beetles will lay eggs wherever there is food available for their larvae and that is almost anything of animal origin, wool, fur and silk and leather.
There are four varieties of carpet beetles in Sydney but the Australian carpet beetle is the only one of those four that is native to our environment, it has brown with light and dark markings. Carpet beetle larvae is the culprit responsible for all the damage. They are long, light brown and bristly and their food are all natural fibres. Carpet beetle larvae will damage not only carpets, but also clothing, upholstery, woollen insulation and blankets.