The Rodney Dangerfield of the pest world. Although they get little respect, you may have stumbled across a carpet beetle once or twice in your life. While not uncommon, the carpet beetle is often found in homes by accident. These pesky little guys like to hitchhike into your home and once they’re in, they’ll shack up in your favorite carpet, clothing, furs, heck, pretty much anything that contains high amounts of protein are on the top of their lists. The biggest indicators of an infestation most people find are either the shed casings their larva leave on top of your belongings or, on rarer occasions, due to their bites, which people can mistake for a possible bedbug bite.
Why do I have them? As stated before, carpet beetles & their larva are huge fans of proteins, so if you’ve recently done a thrift store run or finally purchased that lovely Persian rug from the antique store, there’s a chance it could be teeming with these insects. They’ll enter a home on belongings, lay their eggs in lint around your baseboards, the furnace vents, old sweaters, you name it! The adult beetles are also attracted to light, so if you’ve recently found a smattering of small black or brown insects by a windowsill, you may have a carpet beetle infestation.
What can I do to help? Depending on the degree of infestation, you may not even need to do anything. In homes that are heavily infested with carpet beetles, it is recommended that the source of the bugs be eliminated with our Carpet Beetle Control (if it is known.) The best preventative measure would be to inspect old textiles, furs or organic materials for possible bugs before bringing them home!
What can I do to rid myself of these insects? Call Budget Pest Control, Inc. for more information about our Carpet Beetle Control. We offer safe and effective treatments for your home that will eliminate any hiding places that may harbor these nasty little buggers! If fact, we have the latest in equipment and products designed to get your life back to normal. Give us a call! After a chat with one of our friendly knowledgeable office personnel, we will get together a plan of action along with an estimate and if you wish have one of our experienced, certified Technicians out there in a jiffy 7 days a week!
- Most carpet beetles can fly and are good candidates to infest homes from spring through the early fall.
- Adult carpet beetles usually lay their eggs in air ducts, in closets, under furniture, or under baseboards. Once hatched, the larvae are responsible for the damage of various items, like furniture, clothing, blankets, furs, and carpets.
- Most infestations are brought into residences through contaminated foodstuffs.
- Some people may find that shed hairs from the larvae cause irritated itchy welts that may be confused with bedbug bites.
FACT: There are several types of moths that may enter a home. The two that are an infestation vector are the Indian Meal Moth and Clothing Moth. Most moths that enter a home of their own free will do so by accident, whereas moths that present an infestation risk are brought into homes via objects.
- Webbing found in grain, cereal and meal products is a common sign of infestation. It is also common to find this webbing in areas near stored grains, usually in pantries or in the corners of rooms.
- The most obvious signs of Indian Meal Moths will be the presence of moths in the kitchen, storage areas or near pet feeding areas. These insects can be easily identified by their wing patterns as well as their attraction to light in darker areas.
- The presence of cocoons and pupae within boxed grain and meal materials is also a definite sign of infestation. This sort of evidence is associated with boxed pastas, bread mixes, cake mixes, meals and cereals.