When it comes to bugs and insects, most of them are unwelcome invaders to a home, hence the name “pests.” While some of them are simply bothersome and frustrating to have around, others can be quite destructive. Carpet beetles, for example, can cause a significant amount of damage in comparison to their rather small size. At first glance, you may think a carpet beetle is a ladybug, as they’re often similar in appearance. However, these tiny invaders have quite a different agenda from those red and black bugs we used to play with as kids.
At Arrow Extermination Company, we’ve taken to the task of removing carpet beetles from homes, businesses, and warehouses all over Long Island and the greater New York area.
How Do You Know You Have Carpet Beetles?
Carpet beetles are most likely to feed on animal-based items. You may find holes in silk, fur, leather, wool, and items made from animal hair if you have carpet beetles. Although they’re not likely to choose synthetic materials as a first choice for a food source, items soiled by perspiration, food, or oil may become enticing enough for carpet beetles to feed on. In addition to the animal-based items you may have in your home, carpet beetles also commonly feed on dead insects and animals. This can be a key factor to remember when trying to identify a possible infestation and find nests.
Carpet beetles aren’t a sign of uncleanliness. You can bring them into your home on plants and flowers. They may also find their way into your home all by themselves by way of windows, doors, and other openings. They tend to like low-traffic areas when they create their nests, so it can be difficult for an amateur to identify the problem with certainty. Carpet beetles are known to nest inside walls and chimneys where they won’t easily be disturbed.
If you have even a small suspicion that you may have a carpet beetle problem it’s important to call in the experts right away. Because these creatures can be quite elusive, a small problem can grow into a widespread infestation without being noticed by the homeowner.
5 Steps for Effective Carpet Beetle Control
Your home and property need to be thoroughly inspected. Because these creatures can be quite good at the game of hide-and-seek, you may not find their nests on your own. A professional exterminator is often needed to properly inspect all interior areas of a home to get to the root of the problem.
Clean and remove the sources of the infestation.
All areas of your home should be vacuumed thoroughly to remove debris and harmful bacteria that may have been tracked across your home by carpet beetles. Vacuuming will also help to ensure that dead beetles and any carpet beetles who managed to remain living will be removed, as well.
Your home should be treated with liquids, dust, and/or aerosols to ensure the problem is stopped. This will also help prevent future infestations.
- Reinspect Regularly
Areas of concerns need to be inspected regularly as a means of proper prevention from future problems.