How To Control Carpet Beetles

carpet beetlesBlack carpet beetles are quite common in most homes and offices. Over the last couple of years, most pest control companies have been called to homes and business premises to help eliminate this annoying pest. While most people think that the black carpet beetles only threaten their carpets’ well-being, these pests are also known to destroy stored foodstuffs and clothes. Black carpet beetles usually find their way into homes or business premises through openings in doorways, windows, and cracks in the walls. Most people find it hard to keep the black carpet beetle out of their beliefs, mainly because of their minute size.

Whereas most people are fond of calling experts to deal with pests on their premises, they can save by taking matters into their own hands. Getting rid of carpet beetles is relatively easy if you have the correct information to guide you.

It’s unsettling to discover a strange worn area in your carpet or favourite rug, which could be expensive! The carpet beetle is the most common cause of carpet damage. Several preventative measures and suitable carpet beetle protection devices will help prevent attacks.

Signs Of An Infestation

  • Adults can be found on window sills in the spring and early summer, attempting to get outside to feed on pollen.
  • Near damaged areas, you can see piles of discarded bristle skins.
  • In the dark/sheltered areas, carpet beetles appear to leave more extensive damage.
  • You will discover droppings with the appearance and size of rough sand and colour identical to the cloth they have consumed.

Tips For Stopping Carpet Beetles

  • Vacuum regularly carpeted rooms, especially around the perimeter and under heavy furniture.
  • In carpeted rooms, shift cupboards and heavy furniture regularly. Examine the carpet for signs of wear and injury and insect activity.
  • Wash and store clothes in a sealed bag or suitcase at the end of each season.
  • You can find adult beetles in incoming flowers.
  • If you have many flowers, putting them in a vase is good.

Facts About Carpet Beetles

It affects the rugs, clothes, and foodstuffs that are exposed to air in the sun. If you have a lot of garments and carpets that the black beetle has impacted, choose a dry cleaner that will give you a great deal. Vacuuming pet fur regularly can help reduce the number of food sources for larvae. Cleaning up the debris on the floor might also assist. It would be best if you also dried and cleaned your carpet regularly. When finished, discard the vacuum bag to prevent the bugs from returning to the house.

Susceptible linen, such as wool, silk, or cashmere, should be stored in airtight containers to keep the black carpet beetles at bay.

Note that the adult black beetle is not the only problem. The larvae are also a source of headaches. To manage the adult black beetle and larvae, you can use a residual pesticide, for example, Permacide P-1. You can apply this on the carpet edges or baseboards. If you have a wall-to-wall carpet, remove them from their pin strips and spray the sides with the pesticide.

Also, consider your house’s dressers, tables, chairs and other furniture. Treat the edges and corners using pesticides. The saying “prevention is better than cure” is not in vain. The best way to get rid of black carpet beetles is to prevent them in the first place. Ensure that cracks in walls and openings in doorways and windows are sealed.

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Last updated 22/12/2023 Experienced, researched, and written by  Graeme Stephens

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