Carpet Beetles How To Get Rid Of Them

Black Carpet Beetle How To Get Rid Of Them

Where do carpet beetles come from outdoors? Most carpet beetles live and breed outdoors where they feed on a diet of pollen and nectar. They can hitch a ride into your home on flowers or plants. Most species are attracted to light and because of their small size can easily fly in around cracks in windows and doors. Openings around plumbing entrances, electrical conduits, soffit vents, eaves and chimneys also serve as easy access points.

If you’ve been dealing with a carpet beetle infestation and carpet beetle removal seems nearly impossible, maybe it’s time to call for help. Call the pest management professionals at Terminix® today – they are always ready to provide assistance.

Carpet Beetles Larvae How To Get Rid Of Them

Adults range in size from one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch long. The body is dark-brown to shiny-black in color with brown legs. This beetle typically infests stored food products, such as dried dog food, but readily infests wool, animal hides and dried flowers as well.

Where do carpet beetles come from and how do carpet beetles get in your house? Hopefully, now you have the answers you were looking for. If you have other questions about carpet beetles or just need a hand in getting rid of them, call the pest management specialists at Terminix®.

Seal and bag all items to make sure that any infestation is contained – for more on the best methods for that see Step 2 in our Eight Step Approach. This is especially important for objects that may be harder to see carpet beetles, such as pillows that could be internally infested. Once items are quarantined cleaning your home thoroughly with a vacuum (and steaming where possible) is strongly recommended.

DDVP pest strips can also kill carpet beetles. For more information on DDVP please see Step 3 of our Eight Step Approach for bed bugs, and apply the same principles to your fight against carpet beetles.

Carpet Beetles How To Get Rid Of Them

An ounce of prevention. Inspect the exterior of your home to be sure potential entry points are properly sealed and windows have tight-fitting screens. Consider having a screened chimney cap installed if you don’t have one. Reducing the number of flowering plants outside your home will reduce food sources for these beetles. In addition, changing your outdoor lighting from the standard white bulbs to the yellow “bug light” bulbs will help lower your chance for a beetle invasion.

This beetle is approximately one-tenth of an inch long and black in color. It has an irregular pattern of brown or white on top of its body and the wings have yellow scales that wear off as the beetle grows older. The larvae feed on wool carpets, wool fabrics, animal hides, feathers, hair, dried flowers and cattails.

The furniture carpet beetle is somewhat larger and more rounded than the varied carpet beetle. Its wings have orange to dark-yellow colored scales on them. If the scales are worn off, the wings appear to be solid black, while their underside is white carpet beetles. These beetles will infest the same type of materials as the varied carpet beetle.

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