Carpet Beetles

Pest Guide for Carpet Beetles

When you think of beetles, you probably don’t think about beetles that feed on fabrics. However, the carpet beetle does just that. These beetles can be found throughout the country. While there are several types of carpet beetles, the black carpet beetle is the most common and the most destructive. If you find an infestation of carpet beetles in your home, it’s important to call our pest control experts as soon as possible so we can eliminate it for you.

Identification

These beetles are about 1/8” long and are small and oval-shaped. The most common carpet beetle is the black carpet beetle, which is shiny and black. Other species are brightly colored and have patterns of white, yellow, brown, and/or orange. Carpet beetle larvae are around ¼” long and are covered in hairs or bristles (making them look somewhat like a caterpillar).

Diet

Carpet beetles are appropriately named, as they feed on carpets, furs, silk, wool and other fabrics that are composed of animal fibers. They will rarely attack synthetic fabrics, but may feed on items like pollen, nectar, seeds, and dry pantry products.

Detection and Control

Carpet beetle infestations are difficult to detect and before you know it, these insects could cause significant damage to your clothing, bedding, flooring, and other areas. Look for these beetles around lighting fixtures and windows as well as in your closets, around furniture, and in dark corners.

The best way to avoid an infestation is to prevent one. Because beetles are attracted to perspiration odors, it’s important to dry clean or launder your wool clothing and other fabrics before you store them for long periods of time. You can also store them with moth balls for an extra measure of prevention. If you do find carpet beetles in your home, it’s a good idea to routinely vacuum your carpets to eliminate any that are currently present. (Pay close attention to corners, along baseboards, and underneath furniture.)

If you think you have a carpet beetle infestation, call our pest control company today.

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