Carpet Beetles are a household pest that destroys carpets as well as other fabrics in your home. They are a difficult pest to remove from your residence. In fact, it will take the double P’s, patience and persistence, to eradicate carpet beetles. However there are a few steps you can take to try to make it easier. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control will help guide you in removing these nasty pests and get them out of your home.
How Do You Know if You have a Carpet Beetle Infestation?
First we must identify if there is a carpet beetle problem in your home. Start by looking for shed skin flakes and fecal pellets. This is the first and strongest indicator that an infestation is present. Skin flakes and feces will be left by both adult and larva carpet beetles. If you are able to see any carpet beetles, they are oval shaped and slightly larger than the head of a pen. Colors of carpet beetles vary but most commonly, they are black. Sometimes they will also be grey or dark brown with black spots on their back. Rare though they may be, some also have yellow or white spots on their shell or back. Larva is usually all brown with long hairs on their body. If you happen to see a carpet beetle you can poke them and they will roll over, like they are playing dead. Carpet beetles also move really slow making them easy to spot when you’re looking. You can begin your search for carpet beetles in darker places. If you see skin flakes or feces, this is the best place to begin your search. Carpet beetles are known to hide in non-fabric places such as flower pots, dog food, paint brushes, floor boards and air ducts.
How Do I Treat My House for Carpet Beetles?
Once carpet beetles have been discovered, begin treatment. First begin vacuuming floors, upholsteries and other un-washable items. Depending on how bad the infestation is, you may need to vacuum daily for the next couple of weeks. Any linen they may have already destroyed, throw it away. Get rid of any other linen you can part with. This will greatly help you get rid of the carpet beetles. Next, steam clean your carpets and upholsteries. All washable items need to be washed in hot soapy water to kill the beetles. Look for a detergent that kills pests such as bed bugs or dust mites etc. After your linens have been washed, you may want to seal the linens you don’t use daily or regularly, to prevent them from getting into your good linen and fabrics. Next, you will want to treat inside and outside your home with pesticides. You can also do glue traps around the edges of base boards or along the edges of carpets. This doesn’t only trap and kill carpet beetles, but it is also a good indicator of your present infestation problem. You may need to repeat these steps weekly until your carpet beetle infestation is eliminated.
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Keep in mind the P’s, patience and persistence, for they are the key to removing carpet beetles from your home. For those with busy schedules, or if you are unsure about handling the task, A Five Star Termite & Pest Control will be there to help your fight against carpet beetles. Remember, we are just a call away.