Carpet beetles are small beetles that like to eat just about everything in your home. This could be upholstery, clothing, carpets, blankets, pet food, etc, etc. The beetle itself is a small insect that is about 3 mm long and comes in a variety of different colors. For a small creature though, they can be very destructive.
How do you know if you have carpet beetles?
Holes in clothing, carpet and upholstery are one good sign that you might have a beetle problem. If you have an infestation, you will also probably see dead bugs, droppings and even skin from the beetle larva. Look for live beetles around the baseboards of your rooms.
How do you treat a carpet beetle problem?
First and foremost, you need to thoroughly vacuum your carpet and furnishings. Vacuum up any beetles that you see and be sure not to miss the larva. Move furniture and if possible, pick up carpets and rugs so that you do not miss anything.
Next, thoroughly wash all bedding and affected clothing in hot soapy water. Eggs of the carpet beetle and very resilient so be thorough.
Lastly, you should have your carpets cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning. High pressure water and high temperature steam will make short work of the carpet beetles larva and eggs.
How do you prevent carpet beetles?
In order to prevent carpet beetle infestations, you should do everything that you can to keep your home clean. Vacuum on a regular basis and have your home’s carpet and upholstery cleaned at regular intervals. When choosing new carpets, choose synthetic materials over natural ones because they will be inedible. Finally, control other pests that produce waste to control beetles. Treat mice or rat infestations and if you have pets like birds or hamsters, clean up well after them.