Carpet Beetles – What are the facts?

Carpet beetles are oval-shaped flying insects that can ruin your carpet, rugs, upholstered furniture and clothing. They can also cause irritating dermatitis in children and sensitive adults. These are definitely unwelcomed guests you want to “show to the door” as quickly as possible!

There are four life stages of the carpet beetle; egg, larvae, pupae and adult. The larvae stage is most damaging because they feed on carpets and clothing. This stage can last 6 to 18 months during which time the voracious insects do the most damage. In the final stage, the adult beetle emerges. Adult carpet beetles can live up to a year.

Carpet beetles and larvae are very difficult to spot. They look like tiny, hairy worms and prefer dark, undisturbed areas such as under furniture, rugs and in closets. The irritation caused by contact with carpet beetle larvae can be confused with bites from bed bugs or fleas. Property damage from carpet beetles is very similar to moth damage. Small, irregular-shaped holes in clothes and rugs are a telltale sign of either a carpet beetle or moth problem.

Fighting Back

Maintaining cleanliness may not be enough to avoid a carpet beetle infestation. Along with vacuuming, professional carpet, area rug and upholstery cleaning are essential. Detergent and hot water kill the larvae, so this is an important means of limiting indoor carpet beetle populations. Pesticides may also be necessary to eliminate an exisitng infestation. Choose a pesticide designed for carpet beetles and follow label directions.

If you suspect you have a carpet beetle problem or want to avoid one, call B/P Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning so that we can clean your carpet, area rug, upholstery and drapery and help eliminate these detructive invaders!

 

 

 

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