Kinds of beetles:
Varied carpet beetles (Anthrenus Verbasci)
True to its name, varied carpet beetles feed on carpets, but their diet also includes woollen fabrics, furs, horns, silk, hair, bones, hides and other dead insects. These insects will typically grow from larvae to adult in one to three years.
Varied carpet beetles most commonly reside in tapestries, attics, oriental carpets and wood based wall-to-wall carpeting.
These beetle’s natural diet consists of dead insects, but they can become particularly harmful when they start feeding on clothing, carpets and upholstery.
Powder post beetles (Lyctus Brunneus)
These beetles are typically nocturnal and are attracted to lights when flying around.
Powder post beetles often reside in hardwood and can inhabit crates, hardwood floors, antiques and other hardwood materials.
Although these beetles are not seen as such a great threat as termites, they too can cause great damage to wooden materials.
HOUSE dUST mITES (DERMATOPHAGOIDES FARINAE)
The diet of dust mites consists of the dead skin of humans and animals, as well as other dry protein based food products. The females of the species can lay around 80 eggs at any one time and their population can increase because of humid conditions.
Dust mites can be found in furniture, beds, clothing and carpeting. There are home tests kits available for those who would like to test their home for dust mites.
The most common threat this mite poses is the fact that their droppings can cause an allergic reaction in humans, causing watery eyes, respiratory distress and even asthma (50% to 80% of people suffering from asthma have increased symptoms due to dust mites).
INDIAN mEAL mOTHS (PLODIA INTERPUCTELLA)
Indian Meal Moths fed primarily off grains, nuts, seeds, dog food, candy, chocolate, powdered milk, dried fruits and dried red peppers.
Indian meal moths are often times attracted to light and can also be found near food sources such as supermarkets.
One of the main threats these moths pose is that they can infest food, contaminating it in the process.
MERCHANT gRAIN bEETLES (ANOBIID AND LYCTUS SPECIES)
With its flat body shape, this beetle is able to infest packaging, eating its contents and procreating readily.
Common habitats of these beetles include food processing areas, pantries and warehouses.
Merchant beetles commonly infest food, leading to contamination.
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