I had just signed my name on the rental agreement on our new dream place. It was everything I’ve been looking for… Granite countertops, cherry-wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a huge walk in closet. Unfortunately, there was one thing that I didn’t want in my new place… Something that was hiding deep in the fibers of my carpet.
I started noticing one or two at a time. Tiny black beetles crawling on top of the carpet along the baseboards. One and two at a time started turning into dozens at a time. I knew right away that these beetles were something I needed to get taken care of right away, especially before I started bringing in all my furniture. Whatever they were, I didn’t want them in my couches and in my bed sheets.
I called a local pest control company and the quickly informed me that I was dealing with a serious carpet beetle infestation, and that that infestation could easily be treated with regular pest control services.
I signed up, and after a few days, never saw a carpet beetle again!
Carpet beetles come in three varieties: varied carpet beetles, furniture carpet beetles, and black carpet beetles. The carpet beetles that were infesting my home were the adult black carpet beetles (Attagenus unicolor).
Carpet beetles are pretty tiny, usually measuring 1/10 of an inch in length. Some species can reach lengths of 3/16ths of an inch. Like I mentioned before, these beetles are found inside homes, living under carpet, rugs, and furniture; wherever dirt, hair, and other dead insects have begun to accumulate. Some carpet beetles come in checkered patterns, with white, yellow, grey, or orange markings on their backs.
Carpet beetles lay their eggs in late spring and early summer. They look for closets, furniture, air ducts, and carpet (of course) in your home to lay their eggs. Once these beetles hatch, they eat and damage nearly anything in sight. They can travel very fast from each room in your home, and can become quite the pest control problem; causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage to clothing, carpet, and furniture.
Wondering if you have carpet beetles in your home? Look for the signs: damaged household items, molted larval skins in dark areas, and an abundance of adult Carpet beetles; near windows.
How To Control Carpet Beetles
If you want to prevent a carpet beetle infestation, there are a couple steps you can take. First, be clean! Vacuum regularly, especially along the baseboards of your home. Dry cleaning your clothing is also very beneficial at preventing and eliminating carpet beetles. Inside your closets, don’t be afraid to use moth balls. As carpet beetles like to lay their eggs in abandoned nests, remove any bird and insect nests around your home and property.
If you are still seeing carpet beetles after taking the aforementioned steps, it’s time for professional pest control!
Carpet Beetle Control
Carpet beetles can cause damage not only to carpet, but also to fabric, clothing, and other items located in the home; as these beetles roam from room to room in search of food. If you are seeing carpet beetles in your home, it’s time for professional pest control!
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