Description

Woolly Bear
(Anthrenus verbasci)

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The Woolly bear is the larvae of the Varied carpet beetle. These larvae are known to damage natural fibres such as carpets, clothing and some say has surpassed the Common clothes moth.

The Woolly bear is small around 4-5mm long with bristle hairs covering its banded looking body. If threatened, they can roll up for protection

Description

Biology

Can moult up to 6 times, Pupation period of between 10-30 days are around 0.5mm long, these are attached to a material with a sticky secretion produced from the female's glands. The larvae (Woolly bear) emerge 2-4 weeks later and start feeding on the fabric. The adults will live for around 2-6 weeks.

Food

The Woolly bear will feed on textiles that originate from animals e.g. silk, wool, feathers, leathers and furs to mention a few.

Habitat

Woolly bear can be found within carpets tucked away in dark areas, where old fibres, carpets etc may be found

Reason for control

Textiles damage: The larvae (Woolly bear) pose a real threat, and will cause damage to clothes, leather, silk, as well as furs. They survive particularly well-hidden in undisturbed areas like underneath carpets in wardrobes or cardboard and around skirting boards.

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Holes in carpet and fabrics
Sporadic holes found in wools, furs and other textiles.

​Cast larvae skins
Cast larvae skins is another way to detect them, the number of cast skins may make the infestation look worst than it actually is.

Detecting an infestation

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