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What Are Carpet Beetles?

Carpet beetles are household pests that infest carpet and other animal-based fabric like wool, fur, felt, silk, feathers and leather. Adult carpet beetles are small and are black or dark brown in color. Adult carpet beetles don’t do as much damage as carpet beetles in the larval stage do. Carpet beetle larvae resemble small, hairy worms.

How Can I Protect My Home From Carpet Beetles?

Contrary to what their name suggests, carpet beetles prefer to be outdoors where they commonly live and breed. Here, their diet consists of pollen and nectar. Carpet beetles are attracted to light and will find just about any way to get inside your home through cracks in windows or doors, openings around plumbing entrances, vents, and chimneys. They are also great at hitching a ride into your home on certain plants and flowers. As always, the best offense is a good defense, and so the best way to get rid of carpet beetles is to make sure they don’t enter your home in the first place. 

To protect your home from carpet beetles, make sure to seal any cracks or crevices or any gaps around vents and plumbing entrances. Also check to make sure that your windows and doors are properly sealed and that your window screens are in good condition with no rips or tears and fit tightly to your window. Consider having a screened chimney cap installed. 

How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles?

If you already have a carpet beetle problem there a few things you can do to help with your infestation. First, vacuum any areas where you’ve spotted carpet beetles.  Including carpets, rugs, furniture and curtains. You can then go over these same areas with a steam cleaner to try to kill off any remaining adult beetles, larvae and eggs. Launder all bedding and furniture coverings of any affected furniture. You can wipe down surfaces with vinegar or sprinkle boric acid on carpets, rugs and furniture. All of these options are a great first start to getting rid of carpet beetles, but keep in mind that carpet beetle removal can be very difficult to do on your own.

Who Can Help With My Carpet Beetle Problem?

Professional treatment is the best choice when dealing with carpet beetles. It’s the best way to avoid the damage they can do to your home and your health, especially if you are allergic. Call Pest Control Experts to find a pest management service in your area that can come up with a comprehensive pest control plan that will most effectively protect your home, belongings, family and pets from the damaging effects of carpet beetles.

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