, second-hand smoke concerns and, especially, bed bugs are a few of the latest hot-button issues in high-end co-op and condo buildings.
Some scavengers specialize in materials of animal origin, and prominent among these are carpet beetles
. Few domestic insects are more common in houses or better entrenched in the wall spaces and floor cracks that every house provides.
Lisa Di-Giorgio, who has a baby son, was so worried about the carpet beetles
infesting her home that shewas checking for them day and night.
Stored food and grain insects.--An increase in the number of complaints involving scavenger insects such as larder beetles, (Dermestes lardarius Linnaeus), and other carpet beetles
(Dermestes sp.) was noted in 2005.
Curtains, tapestries and upholstery are carefully and slowly vacuumed, and everything is checked for deterioration or infestation by pests, such as carpet beetles
Common carpet beetles
, cabinet beetles (pantry pests), and hide beetles, are just a few.
WHEN I had another letter like this last month I said that these might not be moths but carpet beetles
. Like moths, they too like woollens.
"First you shampoo it and spray it with bug repellent to keep away carpet beetles
and moths," says Joe Kulis, a taxidermist (specialist in the lifelike preservation of dead animals).
People use the compound to rid human nests of carpet beetles
and clothes moths and to repel intruders such as bats and starlings.