Will carpet beetle eggs survive the move?
August 14, 2010 6:37 AM Subscribe
Exactly how fragile are black carpet beetle eggs?
posted by anonymous to science & nature (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I didn't know that those relatively friendly looking, black, oval-shaped bugs were any different than the occasional ant, fly, or spider. But now I know they are different -- they want to populate my house, eat my fabric-based stuff, and generally freak me out.
Also, I'm moving a few states away very soon.
A few online sources say that the eggs are fragile and won't survive if you "brush" your clothing/cloth material. One internet person who kept some captive larvae for a while said that they eventually laid eggs, but that they never hatched. I've read that the larvae like dark, undisturbed locations, and the adults like to lay eggs in those places.
So here's the scenario I'm wondering about:
A black carpet beetle lays eggs on something in my house, like a book or folder of papers. I don't notice the eggs, or don't clean the item well enough to remove all of the eggs. I pack the eggy item into a moving box, seal up the box, stick it in a u-haul, and move it to my new place. I unpack the box at some point, perhaps within a week or so.
Will these transported eggs be viable? Is the disruption and movement and potential exposure to light etc. enough to halt the development? I can't find any info about that.
I'm friggin out over here. I know carpet beetles are not like fleas or bedbugs and that they don't want anything to do with humans really, but I'm irrationally fearful.
btw, I know there are pesticides, natural and manmade, that I could use. But I really am curious about how the eggs do with moving, pesticides aside.