Carpet beetles are considered one of the most significant insect pest groups within the state of Maine. Carpet beetles are known for inflicting damage to just about every type of textile fabric that exists, and they also gravitate toward stored food products within homes. In order to understand the frustration of experiencing a carpet beetle infestation, it should be known that carpet beetle infestations are often confused with bed bug infestations. This is because, much like bed bugs, carpet beetle populations proliferate rapidly within the homes that they infest, and these insect pests are also exceptionally small in size, making infestations difficult to notice until they reach unmanageable proportions. Of course, the most obvious similarity between carpet beetles and bed bugs is their shared habitat. Carpet beetles infest and damage clothing, furniture, curtains, furs, stored food packages, and of course, carpeting.
Maine is home to four carpet beetle species, the most significant of which is the Attagenus unicolor species, better known as the “black carpet beetle”. The varied carpet beetle and the furniture carpet beetle are also common household carpet beetle pest species within the state. While carpet beetle infestations occur in every region of the US, infestations are particularly difficult to manage in northern states. This is mostly due to the lower humidity levels in the north, as high humidity levels in the south can cause carpet beetle eggs to grow mold and parish. Since each carpet beetle female typically lays around 50 eggs, infestations can grow rapidly, especially in Maine where the cooler outdoor climate and relatively low indoor moisture levels provide developing offspring with optimal conditions. The black carpet beetle is a non-native insect pest species in the US, and experts believe that this species was accidentally transported into North America during the 1800s from shipping vessels originating from their home continent of Europe.
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