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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 PI 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.

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