A mature queen termite can lay up to and over 10,000 eggs a week. Times that by 52 and that’s a lot of termite activity.
There are two different species of Carpet Beetle which are fabric pests, the Variegated Carpet Beetle and the Black Carpet Beetle. It is only the larva of these species that feeds on fabrics such as woollen carpets (they do not attack synthetic carpets), fur, silk and feathers etc. The adults feed on pollen from flowers. Bringing fresh flowers into a building that contain the adult beetles is often the origin of the infestation.
The larva eat small round holes in curtains, tapestry and clothes. They can fly and are attracted to light, often found clustered near windows.
Variegated Carpet Beetle
Larva: At maturity 8mm long, tapering to the rear with long hairs. The larva is tapered with short tufts of hair at the front the widest and short tufts of hair at the rear cover the body.
Adult: A number of different patterns and colours, but in general between 2-3mm long with a mottled pattern of white, brown and yellow scales with fine long greyish-yellow scales underneath. A rounded shape. Lays 40 eggs maturing in 4 months.
Black Carpet Beetle
Adult: Is a black/brown colour with an oval shape with brownish legs, between 3-5mm long. Female very prolific, laying 50 to 100 eggs over 3 weeks and maturing in 1 year.
Larva: At maturity 4-5mm long with a series of light and dark brown stripes.