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Black Carpet Beetle


Attagebus unicolor (Brahm)

Identification: Adults are about 1/8-1/4” long. Color is dark brown to black. Males are up to 2 times larger than female

Lifecycle: Females usually lay around 90 eggs. Eggs are laid in lint in areas that have accumulated under baseboards, in cracks, and crevices, etc. Eggs hatch in 5 – 16 days depending on conditions. Egg to adult is usually 177 – 370 days, but can take nearly 2 years.

Behavior: Will feed on both animal and plant materials. Feeding on hair, fur, feathers, dead insects, and plant foods such as cereal, nuts, seeds, cayenne pepper and flour.

Larvae feed on fabrics capable of making small or large irregular holes. On furs, they leave the hide undamaged, cutting the hair at the base.

Adults are found outside and active when the weather is warm. They can be found on flowers feeding on the pollen. Can also be found in the nests of birds, rodents, and insects. In the spring they can be found around windows indoors. Breeding areas include wall/ceiling voids where cluster flies, yellow jackets, or honeybees have lived. They tend to breed where lint, dead insect parts, and pet hairs have accumulated feeding on dead insects.

Range: Found throughout the United States, but mostly east of the Rocky Mountains and in the northern states.

Termites Swarming


It is not always possible for an untrained individual to see evidence of termites. Homeowners must be vigilant in and around the home.


Flea Infestation


Summer and fall are prime seasons for flea infestations, and with both humans and pets spending more time outdoors.


Rain & Mosquitoes


Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, but they also can transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to.