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Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles are not a pest problem that is talked about very often. They may be small pests, but they can certainly cause considerable damage.

Carpet beetles are very small, only about 3 mm long. Like many insects, there are different stages of development. The first stage is the egg stage. These are similar in size to the adults and are brownish in colour. The larvae are strange looking. They too are brown in colouring but are covered in hairs that look like bristles. The final stage is the beetle stage. They are oval in shape, can vary in mottled patterns and colourings including, brown, black, white, orange and yellow. They can fly too so are easily able to move from room to room. 

Like most pests, the warmth and easy access to food are the main reasons why you may find them in your home. Carpet beetles can be found anywhere in the home really. They are typically attracted carpets (as the name suggests) as well as to natural fibres; so furniture covers, down pillows and duvets, fur coats, hats, scarves or rugs are all prime targets for carpet beetle larvae. When the larvae eat, they will focus on one area at the time rather than move around the source leaving random holes, like moths for example.  Carpet beetle adults will always lay their eggs close to potential food sources but also in locations that are dark and less frequented by humans. Loft spaces, storage boxes in the garage, bedding put away under the bed etc are all preferred locations. Don’t forget to inspect the seams, zips and cuffs of clothing before packing them away.

There are a few things you can do to prevent an infestation;

·      Make sure to hoover regularly- pet hair is a real attraction to carpet beetles
·      Keep your home clean and tidy, paying particular attention to the carpet by skirting boards and behind furniture
·      If putting any clothing, pillows, duvets in storage, it is best practice to get them dry cleaned and store them in sealed bags or boxes

Don’t forget, if you think you have a carpet beetle infestation please give us a call. We can offer advice and treatment to help you be pest free!
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