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Carpet Beetle ControlHow To Control Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles are a fairly common pest that you may encounter in your home. Many of us may have discovered them indoors but only a few people truly know what these miniature insects are actually capable of. Often confused as being “some type of ladybug” because of their similar resemblance in shape and occasional spotted body, Carpet beetles are small dome-shaped insects ranging from an 1/8th of an inch to ¼ of an inch long and with a big appetite for fabric and furniture. While carpet beetles primarily consume elements from fabrics and carpeting (hence the name) they are also a known pest around the kitchen, getting into food products. Recently we’ve been seeing an upward trend of this bug appearing in homes and businesses and so we wanted to dedicate a page to this insect to inform people about this bug and how to best control the carpet beetle.

Carpet Beetle Background Information

Carpet beetles belong to the family of beetles known as dermestids. Despite their name, carpet beetles are not naturally born and raise up out of carpets but in fact are naturally outdoor bugs who make their way indoors in some form or fashion. These pests are commonly found in warehouses, homes, museums, and other locations where suitable food exists.

There are four main species of Carpet beetles. These include the Black Carpet Beetles and the varied, common and furniture carpet beetles. An adult Black Carpet Beetle is black in color and oblong shaped and ranges in size from 1/8" up to 3/16" in length.  The other three are about the same size but differentiate themselves with a variety of different colored wings. Carpet beetles go through complete

What makes carpet beetles a particularly problematic pest in households is their usual ability to consume and digest keratin, the chief protein component of skin and hair. This affinity for keratin affords them the ability to target and eat clothing, carpeting and upholstery. They have been reported to be a significant pest in homes, storage facilities, museums, and clothing stores. They can also be hazardous to some humans with asthma as their ability to discard molt skins from the larval stage can trigger asthmatic symptoms.

Tips for Carpet Beetle Control

Our experts here at Solutions Pest and Lawn want to help you and your family deal with these problem pests so we present to you the following tips and product recommendations below in order to eliminate this insect from your home or building.


1. Look for Signs of Carpet Beetle presence

While carpet beetle adults primarily like to feed on pollen and are of no consequence to homeowners, they bulk of their damage comes during the larvae stage. Carpet beetle larvae are responsible for causing damage to clothing, carpeting, and other home products which contain natural fibers. These bugs can be found usually by finding traces of their discarded molt skins in dark closets. Be observant as you look for them as they have also been found in the folds of clothing that have been stored away, on the brims of hats and in areas where dust accumulates.


2. How To Locate Carpet Beetles

Again the main offender of carpet beetles are when they are in the larvae stage. In the larvae stage, the slow-moving larvae can typically be found in dark, closed off areas inside of closets, underneath furniture and those narrow areas where carpeting meets the wall. Adult Carpet beetles on the other hand have wings and are capable of flight, and are typically attracted to light and windows. It is not uncommon to find that the source of a carpet beetle larvae infestation to be in a pile of old or neglected clothing in a basement attic. This makes it imports to be thorough during your inspection and search of carpet beetles.


3. Recommended products for Carpet Beetle control

To control carpet beetles, Solutions Pest and Lawn recommends using a residual, chemical pesticide such as Tempo SC Ultra to manage infestations. This is a highly effective liquid insecticide and the active ingredient can continue to control bugs for several weeks. Another great option are aerosol sprays such as Pyrid Pyrethrin Aerosol and EcoPCO ACU Contact Aerosol can be an effective way to control Carpet beetles, as the active ingredient controls for several weeks.


These sprays contain natural ingredients and are safe to use in to home and around pets and children. Alternatively, using a product made from Diatomaceous earth is another natural solution for Carpet beetle infestations, like Alpine Dust Insecticide. DE is a powdery white dust which functions as an insecticide by destroying the insect’s outer protective shell, causing suffocation and dehydration, resulting in death.


This is also non-toxic and safe to use and apply around the home. Browse our carpet beetle products below and as always, feel free to email us or give us a call and one of our knowledgeable representatives to further assist you with your order or with any pest problems you have.


Additional Facts About the Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetles are found in every region of the United States. They are primarily spotted outdoors feeding upon various types of plants. Summer time is the prime season when carpet beetle populations are most active and often the way they get into homes is via open windows or doors cracked open. The carpet beetles flying ability helps to make it easy for them to find ways indoors, particularly by the allure of scents and odors that attract them from within.


Carpet beetles vary when it comes to what color they are. It is very unlikely that any two carpet beetles will look exactly the same.

Some carpet beetles will be more darker colored while others are lighter.  Some may be spotted while others are solid colored.  Although their look and coloration vary, a trained eye can properly identify them.


Once inside, female carpet beetles will begin searching for a place to lay eggs. Adults which have fed during the summer months mate and females will spend their time laying eggs. Carpet beetles of all types look similar in appearance to lady bugs but are smaller in size. The female carpet beetles will lay between 50 and 100 eggs on surfaces in areas believed to be ideal for the hatched larvae to have food.


Carpet beetle larvae are actually the most damaging stage in the life cycle. The larvae will devour practically anything they come in contact with. Common items they consume includes carpeting, furniture, clothing, drapery, pet or human hair, and just about anything made from natural materials.


Carpet beetles knack for locating food allows them to reside on various items found in the home. Often, people will discover small pockets of carpet beetles under furniture, in between carpeting and baseboards, under area rugs, or in closets. Carpet beetles have a habit of floating to different areas of the home if not controlled.

Common Nesting Areas of Carpet Beetles

You may find a group of carpet beetles nestled in a piece of furniture in the living room and find another pocket of carpet beetles in a closet upstairs. These groupings, especially when there is a big infestation, may be formed either from multiple beetles finding a way inside the home or even a single female laying eggs in a secluded area which have all hatched. It is in these cases where when conducting control treatments to treat the entire home and not just spot treating certain areas.


Perhaps the area where carpet beetles are most commonly found which can aggravate homeowners is a closet. Usually in such circumstances, carpet beetles would be munching on clothing and the holes they leave behind are often confused as being from a clothes moth.


The main difference between a moth feeding on clothing and a carpet beetle feed is that moth larvae often stays where they have been feeding as they transition from larvae into adult. Carpet beetles, on the other hand, will move to a different area when pupating, away from the clothing itself. When you see no trace of a bug in your clothing, you can rest assured that the damage was the work of carpet beetles.


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