Carpet Beetles In Bed – Ultimate Guide

This is the most in-depth guide on carpet beetles in bed.

You’ll learn why carpet beetles are in bed and how to get rid of them from your mattress.

That’s not all.

As a bonus, you’ll also get to know the stark differences between carpet beetles and bed bugs, as so many people think of one as the other.

Without wasting any more of your time, here we go.

Do Carpet Beetles Live In Bed?

Carpet Beetle In Bed
Carpet Beetle Larvae

Adult carpet beetles don’t live in bed. But the larvae of carpet beetles certainly can.

Why is it so?

There are two reasons for it.

First, your bed isn’t a habitat for adult carpet beetles.

Adult carpet beetles live in your yard or garden, where they eat the pollen from flowers.

Adult Carpet Beetle On Flower
Adult Carpet Beetle On Flower

The primary purpose of carpet beetles to enter your home is only one, and that’s to lay eggs.

Though open food, food wastes in your kitchen, and dirty fabrics also attract carpet beetles.

But laying eggs on some specific type of materials in your home brings the adult carpet beetles to your house.

And what are these materials? Animal fabrics.

Animal fabrics attract carpet beetles to lay eggs on them. So, materials made of wool, leather, silk, and feathers are what they’re looking for.

It’s not only your expensive clothing made of animal fabrics, but also woolen rugs and carpets are at risk of carpet beetle infestation.

They can lay eggs even in leather shoes.

And why do these fabrics attract adult carpet beetles?

It’s because animal fabrics secret oils and protein that are food for the larva that comes out of the eggs.

The second reason, which is more specific to the larvae of the carpet beetles in bed, is food and oil stains on your bed.

If you’ve got a habit of eating on your bed, then food stains and food crumbs on your bed are highly likely.

Food in bed

These food stains, food crumbs, and food oil marks on the bed and bedsheets attract the carpet beetle larvae to your bed.

Carpet beetle larvae will get onto your bed and zero in on the stained portions of your bedsheet.

They’d chew through the stained portion of the bedsheet and will create holes on it.

The larva does the same to fabric made of animal products. It’ll damage them by chewing on them.

Carpet Beetle Larvae In Scalp – Is It Possible?

Yes, carpet beetle larvae can get onto your scalp.

The natural oils in your hair will attract the carpet beetle larvae crawling on your bed to your scalp.

People with dry hair might not face this problem. But if you’ve used hair oil, it’ll also attract the carpet beetle larvae to your hair.

The larvae eat the hair oil, and the skin flakes on your head.

The larvae can also crawl into your ears while you’re sleeping. But that is more accidental than intentional.

To get rid of carpet beetle larvae in your scalp, you can either rinse your hair with some fresh lemon juice or shampoo your hair.

Alternatively, you can use neem oil and apple cider vinegar on your head too.

Do Carpet Beetle Larvae Bite?

No carpet beetle larvae don’t bite humans. Their mouth is too weak to rupture your skin.

Even when they’re on your scalp, they won’t bite. But you might feel a tingly sensation on your head.

The adult carpet beetles don’t bite humans either.

What Are The Signs Of Carpet Beetle Infestation In Your Bed?

Carpet beetle larva won’t get into your bed unless they’re elsewhere in your home.

So, let’s take a step back and find out the signs of carpet beetle infestation inside your home.

There are two significant signs –

First Sign – Physical sightings of adult and larva carpet beetles.

Either of them is a sign of carpet beetle infestation. If you see adult carpet beetles buzzing around inside your home, then chances are they’ve laid their eggs.

And, without a doubt, if you see the larva of carpet beetles, then your home certainly has many larvae.

Sightings of even one carpet beetle larva are an infestation. It’s because one adult carpet beetle can lay up to 100 eggs at a time.

The carpet beetle’s larva in bed looks like a tiny worm with a bristle of hair on its back. The larva can be brownish or blackish.

That’s why they’re also known as bed worms.

Second Sign – Damaged Clothing Or Fabric

damaged sweater by carpet beetles

Another prominent sign is, and we spoke about it earlier, are holes in your expensive clothing, rugs, shoes, and carpets made of animal products.

Signs of carpet beetle infestation in the bed are physical sightings of the larvae on the bed and tiny holes on the bedsheet.

The larvae create these tiny holes because they’ve chewed on them.

But if you’ve crickets in your home, then they can also damage the bedsheet.

Your bed attracts crickets for the same reasons that attract the carpet beetle larvae: food and oil stains and dirt.

But here’s the catch – the larva prefers to feed and hide in dark places.

So, you’re most likely to find carpet beetles’ larvae underside of the rugs and inside your wardrobe than on your bed.

How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles In Bed And Mattress?

Thankfully, the process of getting rid of carpet beetles in bed mattresses isn’t that difficult.

Here’s a step-by-step guide –

#1 – Remove The Bedsheet And Pillow Covers

You begin by removing the dirty bed linens and pillow covers.

These are the ones that are the main culprits to bring carpet beetles in bed.

#2 – Vacuum Clean Your Mattress And Bed Frame

Then vacuum your mattress, bed frame, and box springs.

If you’ve got a comforter over your mattress, vacuum it first before removing it to vacuum the mattress.

It’d be best if you take the mattress off your bed and vacuum underneath the mattress.

Vacuum clean the bedroom rug around your bed. It’d be best if you wash it or dry clean it before you put it back where it was.

It’ll ensure that you didn’t cut any corners to get rid of the carpet of beetles in bed.

Also, vacuum the headboard if you’ve one. Carpet beetle larvae have a habit of hiding in tight corners on wooden surfaces too.

#3 – Wipe The Bed Frame And Headboard With A Disinfectant

Wiping the hard surfaces on your bed with a disinfectant will add more punch to your process of getting rid of carpet beetles in bed.

It’ll kill any hiding carpet beetles in the minor gaps on the hard surfaces on your bed.

#4 – Put The Mattress Back On To The Bed 

Now you’re almost done.

Put back the mattress and other mattress accessories on your bed.

And finally, this one is crucial, use clean bedsheets and pillow covers.

Avoid eating in bed. Also, avoid touching your bed with food oils in your hand.

Do Carpet Beetles Travel With You?

Yes, the larvae of carpet beetles can spread from one place to another if you move clothes and fabric they infested.

So, carpet beetle infestation can spread fast if you haven’t treated your entire home to get rid of them.

The adult ones don’t spread as the larvae do. It’s because adult carpet beetles prefer to be outside your home.

They enter your home from open doors and windows to lay eggs at places where there’s an abundant food supply for the larvae.

Bed Bugs Vs. Carpet Beetles – The Differences

Many people confuse bed bugs and carpet beetles and wonder if they’ve carpet beetles or bed bugs.

They even think that the hairy larva of carpet beetles are bed bugs. But it’s not.

This section will clarify the differences between bed bugs and carpet beetles in pure black and white.

Knowing these differences will help you identify the pests correctly and use proper treatment.

If there’s any similarity between bed bugs and adult carpet beetles, it’s that they’re both oval-shaped.

When it comes to differences, bed bugs are brownish, like apple seeds, whereas carpet beetles can be black or brown.

Brown carpet beetles can also have little white spots on them.

Bed bugs are flat and thin, so thin that they can fit in a gap as thin as a piece of paper.

But carpet beetles are thicker, and they’ve got a slight hump on their back.

Adult carpet beetles are not flat like bed bugs. Unlike bed bugs, adult carpet beetles can fly.

Baby bed bugs, also known as nymphs, are translucent and white till they have their first blood meal.

When the bed bug nymphs have their blood meals, they look like a red dot with a tiny whitish head.

But baby carpet beetle, which is the larvae, is hairy and easily visible.

The most significant difference between bed bugs and carpet beetles is that the bed bugs bite and suck your blood.

The carpet beetles, both the adult carpet beetles and the larvae, don’t bite.

But some people may be allergic to the hairy bristle of the carpet beetle larva.

If your home has both bed bugs and carpet beetles, then the bed bug treatment can rid of carpet beetles too.

But it’s not the other way around.

If you use the treatment to get rid of carpet beetles on bed bugs, then it won’t put a dent in bed bug infestation in your home.


Carpet beetles in bed are possible, but it’s the larvae of the carpet beetles that get onto your bed. The adult carpet beetles don’t.

The larvae of the carpet beetles are more likely to infest places where you keep your fabric or clothing made of animal products.

It’s because the larvae feed on them.

That’s why if you see holes on your woolen rug or clothes, then it’s highly likely that the larvae of carpet beetles caused the damage.

The reasons that the carpet beetle larvae get onto your bed are dirt and the food and oil stains on your bedsheet.

Carpet beetle larva is also known as bed worms.

But there are many types of bed worms, though. To know more about them, check out the post on bed worms.