Signs of Textile Pests
Check for common signs like damaged fabric or faecal pellets to see if you have a problem
Textile pests are scavengers of natural fibres such as wools, silks, feathers, animal hair and fur. Damage is done by the larval stage of the beetle, while adults feed on flowers and shrubs.
Some species are associated with decaying carcasses and are used in taxidermy and by natural history museums to clean animal skeletons.
Learn more below about commonly found textile pest species in the UK:
Varied Carpet beetles are a common pest in museums and homes
Normally one generation per year but possibly two in warm temperatures.
The larvae of Fur Beetle commonly attack furs, skins, woollens, etc. and stored grain.
Mating takes place outdoors after which they fly indoors to lay eggs.
Normally one generation per year but development may extend to three years depending on environmental conditions.
The Leather Beetle is also known as Skin or Hide beetle. Some species, commonly called "bow bugs," infest violin cases, feeding on the bow hair.
2–3 months at 18–25°C.