Pest Guides

Fur Beetle

Attagenus pellio

Appearance

Fur Beetle
  • The adult Fur Beetle is 4–6 mm in length, with an elongate oval body shape. This beetle has one small patch of white on each wing case; otherwise it is red–brown to black in colour.
  • The larvae are 6 mm in length and have long orange tufts of hair on the last abdominal segment, and have a banded appearance.
  • The pupa of the Fur Beetle is formed in the last larval skin.

Lifecycle

  • Mating of Fur Beetles takes place outdoors, after which they fly indoors to lay eggs.
  • Normally one generation per year, but the development of the Fur Beetle may extend to a period of three years.

Habits

  • Fur Beetles are a common inhabitant of birds’ nests.
  • Adults feed outdoors often on Spiraea plants.
  • Larvae attack furs, skins, woolens, etc. and stored grain.

Read more on how to spot the signs of Fur Beetles on your property, and the damage they can cause, or contact us for a solution on how to get rid of beetles that destroy fabric-based products on your premises.