How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles can be a real nuisance. Although these pests are not harmful or dangerous, they can cause significant damage to carpets, clothing, and upholstery. The most commonly asked questions that people tend to ask is how did they become infested and how do you get rid of them?

Carpet beetles are extremely common insects that can get into anyone’s home. Infestations typically occur by adults flying inside the home through open doors and windows to lay eggs on furniture, clothing or rugs and are often introduced when infested items are brought inside the home. Generally, they are attracted to these items in the house to find food for their larvae. Their larvae food includes all types of animal products such as skins, silk, wool, hair, etc. Most of the time they find such products because of poor cleaning, stained carpets and/or mishandling of animal-based products. It may be a case of bad luck, however, if the problem persists, it could be because they thrive off of dirty carpet.

Adult carpet beetles emerge in the spring or summer. The duration of the carpet beetle’s pupal phase varies. All carpet beetles pass through four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Depending on the species, each female may lay 40 to 90 white eggs which hatch in 8 to 15 days. Eggs laid indoors are found in lint accumulations near the food source, in air ducts, under heavy furniture, behind baseboards, etc. After hatching, larvae begin their destructive feeding, avoiding light and molting several times as they develop. They may spend 60 days to a year or more in the larval stage, depending on species, amount of food available and temperature.  For example, if you have a storage area in your attic, this is the place carpet beetles tend to do the most damage because the items remain untouched for longer periods of time. The sooner you discover the problem, the easier it will be to eliminate it.

The most common tell tale signs that you may have a carpet beetle infestation include:

  • Thin, bare areas on wool or wool blend rugs.
  • Damage to wool clothing and blankets.
  • Hairs falling out of furs or trophy heads.
  • Tiny beetles slowly climbing walls or dead at windowsills.
  • Shed larval skins in hidden areas.

Heat treatments have proven to be a very safe and effective way to eliminate carpet beetle infestations in less than one day.  FL Bed Bug Experts use the most technologically advanced E.P.A. certified thermal remediation equipment to ensure the quality and consistency of a thorough treatment for each client. 

There are many other benefits of heat treatments including:

  • Extermination of other pesky household insects. (All insects have a thermal death point in which the temperature will kill them.)
  • Odors will be released. ( Pet urine, insect fecal odor, musty smells )
  • Kills dust mites, red mites and bed mites that feed off of dead skin.
  • Heat kills bacteria.
  • Heat kills all viruses and sanitizes all surfaces.

For more information on our Pest Control Services feel free to reach out to us at (813) 922-8475.

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