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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Carpet Beetles

 Carpet Beetles


Carpet beetle adults are around in full force towards the end of the summer. They are looking for suitable locations to lay their eggs. These little beetles may only be small; however, they are able to cause some serious damage if left to thrive. 


 Life Cycle


The entire life cycle of a carpet beetle is typically a month. Carpet beetle eggs can take between 1-2 weeks to hatch once laid. As they feed, they grow and once they enter the beetle phase, they will live for about 2 weeks. Their main aim being reproduction and then laying eggs.


What do they look like?


Carpet beetle eggs are small in size and white or cream in colour. As soon as they hatch, they actually look like hairy caterpillars. They too are only small, with bristles all over their worm-like body and typically brown in colour. Adult carpet beetles can vary in colour, some are speckled browns, whites, oranges and black, whilst others are black all over. Regardless of their colourings, they are rounded in shape, with 6 legs and 2 antennae. Adults are also able to fly which means they can find access to numerous locations around the home. 


What do they eat?


It is the larvae that need to be within reach of food sources in order to grow into adults. The larvae will tend to eat any organic materials including but not limited to; carpets, wood, books and clothes. It is these larvae that will eat their way through these materials leaving unsightly holes in clothes and bald patches in your carpets. 


What can you do?


Having carpet beetles in your home is simply bad luck. They can fly in through open doors and windows, be carried in on flowers and even previously owned furniture. There are however a few things you can do to help reduce the likelihood they would like to stay;

·      Make sure to hoover and clean your home regularly

·      Check any flowers/furniture for signs of adult beetles

·      If you keep windows/doors open, perhaps invest in some nets or screens to help stop beetles entering your home


If you think you have carpet beetles in your home, you may be able to deal with the problem yourself. Using a hoover, you can thoroughly clean skirting boards and edges of carpets (they are a favourite location). 

What we would suggest however, is to give a professional a call, like SOS Pest Control. We will be able to investigate and advise on the extent of the infestation and offer you efficient solutions to the problem. Leaving you carpet beetle free!

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