Carpet beetles, like most insects, are not naturally destructive. In their native environment, they play an important role in breaking down biological materials. Their larvae eat hair, animal skins, feathers, and other animal proteins. However, what is wonderful for the environment can wreak havoc in your home.
How Harmful are Carpet Beetles?
Carpet beetles are a notoriously destructive pest if they get into your home. They damage rugs, carpets, furniture, drapes, linens, and clothing. They can nest in hidden, hard-to-detect places, where they lay eggs that will hatch into super destructive larvae. That is why you want to prevent carpet beetles, when possible. You also want to take action immediately if you suspect that you have carpet beetles. They can breed quickly, and if you notice one you probably already have eggs waiting to hatch somewhere in your home.
Signs of carpet beetles
The first thing is to take a look at them. Adult carpet beetles are around 3mm long, but they are bigger in their larvae stage (5mm). They are small, furry-looking beetles, about the size of the head of a pin. They have a furry multi-color appearance with colors similar to a calico cat.
However, because they are so tiny, they are really difficult to spot. Furthermore, unlike some other pests, they do not attack humans. While that is great, it also means that you might not have any notice of them until they start to destroy your things.
A professional carpet beetle larvae inspection can help you find carpet beetles before they can damage your home. We look for signs of potential infestation, including shed skin, eggs, and nests.
They like to nest in natural fibers. That means wood and silk clothing are particularly susceptible. However, so is dog hair, so think about things like pet bedding or even inside of your vacuum cleaner. The adults are drawn to light, so you may see them near windowsills or light fixtures. They also feed on pollen and nectar, so you may find them on cut flowers or flowering plants.
A thorough inspection will include garages, attics, air ducts and vents, furniture, blankets, closets and pantries, as well as rugs and carpets. You even need to check felt-lined or velvet-lined boxes, which provide a great nest with a built-in food source.
How to get rid of carpet beetles
Does this sound overwhelming? Then call in the professionals. Flick has a number of preventative treatment programs designed to help detect pests when they first appear and quickly eradicate them. We will check your premises for signs of infestation, then treat the problem. We will also provide you with instructions to help prevent reinfestation. Call us today to get started.
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