Carpet beetles are one of the most common household pests. They are usually found on clothing, on the windowsill, near rugs, and even in various food products. Since these insects can cause irreparable damage to your rugs and other valuables, it is important to learn about them as much as possible so you can take reliable preventive measures as well as approach the situation better in case your house becomes infested.
Where Do They Come From?
Adult carpet beetles usually show up in the springtime or warm season but they can be found indoors year-round. Since they are strong fliers, they can easily gain access to a household. Adult carpet beetles are attracted to light so they are often drawn to the doors and windows of homes and find their way inside through the gaps found around or under doors and windows.
Carpet beetles can also find their way inside homes through spaces or vents around utilities on the external side of the house. Apart from this, they can accidentally be brought into your home through the dry goods that you buy from the store, providing that they are contaminated with the beetle larvae or eggs. Lastly, these insects can also easily find their way into homes via potted plants that homeowners bring indoors.
How Do You Get Carpet Beetle Infestation?
Once a carpet beetle gets inside your home, it can lay up to 100 eggs that can hatch anywhere between 6-16 days. These insects usually lay eggs where there is a surplus of food. Mating takes place next to a source of light and depending on the temperature inside the home as well as the food supply, their larvae stage can last between 3 months and 3 years. Adult beetles can live between 2 weeks and a few months. During their lifetime, they feed on food items as well as carpet fibers and skin cells in the carpet.
Carpet beetles aren’t very picky about which type of rug to infest and they often feed on various other types of material as well, e.g. mattress, clothing, etc. However, thick and long carpet fibers usually put you at a higher risk for carpet beetles as such carpets provide a better hiding place as well as a greater food supply for the beetles.
The large number of adult carpet beetles as well as their ability to easily fly from one place to another can lead to huge problems for homeowners. Even if you cut off the food source, it won’t help because these insects can live weeks without proper food supply. Not to mention unlike humans, carpet beetles prefer to eat alone and in the dark, hence making it very difficult for you to find the source of infestation. If not taken care of hastily and correctly this can lead to a large widespread infestation. So, it is highly recommended that you contact a pest control company to completely extinguish carpet beetles and make sure that they don’t come back.