The small hairy larvae of the carpet or fur beetles are known as “woolly bears”. These small, oval beetles have outstripped the clothes moths as the major Irish textile pest. The larvae are small (about 4mm long), covered in brown hairs, and tend to roll up when disturbed. As they grow, they molt – and the old cast-off skins may be the first sign of infestation.
These grubs are most active in October before they hibernate. For more information including control measures see Carpet Beetles.