Carpet beetles are fairly common pests. They occur naturally outdoors and then make their way into homes. These insects love to munch on wide variety of organic fibers and if left untreated, they can cause a lot of damage not just to your rugs, but also to everything in the area. This includes furnishings, upholstery, clothing, mattress, as well as your outside flora and fauna. Because of this, they can be really destructive, particularly when they get into your house. Fortunately, getting rid of them is quite easy. You just need to follow certain steps.
Following are some steps that will help you get rid of carpet beetles in mattress:
Identify the Signs
The first step is to identify the signs and find the evidence that you have carpet beetle infestation in your mattress. If your mattress has holes or it is showing signs of wear that wasn’t there before, then it is likely that there is an infestation. Carpet beetles don’t just live in your mattress, carpet, etc., they also prefer to lurk in closets and drawers, storage boxes and attics, or even between cavity wall insulation.
Apart from the definite signs of damage, you might spot dead skin or odd fecal pellet lying around on your mattress or alternatively spot one of the adult critters such as the black, furniture, or varied carpet beetles roaming around. If you find evidence, then you will need to thoroughly search your house until the source of infestation is discovered.
Suck Them Up
Once you have found the source of the infestation or found evidence that there are beetles in your mattress, the quickest way to get rid of them is to vacuum them up. Instead of lots of fully grown beetles scurrying around your mattress, you might see tiny caterpillar-like creatures. These are the carpet beetle larvae and they will ultimately turn into fully-grown carpet beetles. So, make sure to get rid of them all.
Don’t Forget the Eggs
Once you have vacuumed them up, you might think that you have eradicated all the carpet beetles infesting your mattress. However, it is likely that there is still something present i.e. eggs. Carpet beetle eggs are quite resilient and they are not easily spotted with the naked eye. So, the best way to get rid of them is to deep clean your mattress.
Fend Off Future Infestations
Now that you have eradicated the carpet beetles infesting your mattress, you want to fend off future infestations. To do this, you will need to hang sticky flypaper near your windows to stop the beetles from entering your house. If there are still repeated infestations, then it is recommended that you place sticky pheromone traps in closets and windowsills to stop these insects before they lay eggs.
Hire Professional Help
If you have done everything suggested above and you are still finding traces of carpet beetle activity in your mattress, or you feel that you would rather hire professional help from the start, then it is recommended that you contact a pest control company. These professionals use the safest and the latest pest control management techniques to make sure that your mattress and upholstery are kept insect free.