Hide and seek. Where do carpet beetles come from indoors? Carpet beetles are known to infest a wide variety of household items. Wool carpet, oriental rugs and wool clothing items are common targets. Some beetles are attracted to animal hides on mounted trophies or the fur on the carcass of a dead animal that may have gotten trapped in your walls or chimney. Dried flower arrangements and certain types of potpourri will provide a food source for carpet beetles carpet beetles. Some species of carpet beetles will feed on dry dog food, noodles, flour or meal.
Thanks, but so far, we have caught lots of carpet beetles & haven’t seen any bbs (nor did the Orkin guy). Not sure if thermal treatment is available here (Ottawa area in Canada), it doesn’t seem to be. But it’s great to hear that you had such success! If things don’t clear up in a week or so we are bringing in a 2nd opinion.
These insects don’t bite humans, but they can cause a bumpy, itchy, rash that is sometimes mistaken for bed bug bites. This is due to prolonged contact with the hair fibers on the body of carpet beetle larvae. Airborne fibers from carpet beetles can also cause respiratory tract and eye irritation. However, it often takes years for most people to become sensitized to these fibers.
It seriously took me about two months to realize that those “possible bug bites” I kept getting on my right leg behind my knee were irritation from the stubble on my legs growing back in after shaving.
How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles
Recently though, I found a couple coming out of the baseboard in the living room. I didn’t want to spay in the living room because I have two cats so I just cleaned and tried to spray 409 into the baseboard where I saw them coming out of. After that, I only saw maybe 3 or 4 more coming out of that area in the past week or so.
If you’ve got a PCO on deck who looks to be able to deal with bed bugs or carpet beetles, start treating for the carpet beetles. If the bites go away (And just so you know, technically carpet beetles don’t bite humans, but some of us have reactions to the beetles that look just like bug bites which is why people with mystery bites need to look for carpet beetles and not just bed bugs), there’s your solution.
I found it helpful to limit what clothes I wore during that phase of treatment. (That was easy for me since my job doesn’t require me to be in the office every day. It may be harder for others, but the concept is a good one. For example, the clothes you’d wear in the coldest part of winter are clothes you’re not going to need for a few months yet, so those can be treated, sealed up in bags labeled as such, and not opened until months from now–when hopefully you’ll be bed bug free.