Carpet beetles, persistent little pests that can invade a house without warning, can cause severe damage to your carpets, clothing, and any other fabrics around the home. Getting rid of carpet beetles can take a lot of patience, but you should be able to handle the task without calling in a professional exterminator. Follow these tips for dealing with carpet beetles and prevent any damage before it occurs or gets more serious.
Make Sure You Do In Fact Have Carpet Beetles
Do your research and familiarize yourself with common signs of carpet beetles. There are many common clues the may indicate a potential carpet beetle problem, and knowing them beforehand will be very beneficial. You also need to make yourself aware of the appearance of carpet beetles and how they look.
Find The Source
A heavy concentration of carpet beetles, cast skins, or fecal pellets is a good indication that a certain location is the primary source of the infestation. Carpet beetles are drawn to fabric, and can be found in carpet, especially if that carpet is in a dark place, like a closet or storage area. They can also be found in clothing, upholstered furniture, and fur or feather materials. Check attics, basements, and air ducts as well, as sometimes these places serve as the source even with little fabric represented.
As far as non-fabric items go, carpet beetles can be attracted to dog food, fresh flowers, food cabinets, and paint brushes.
As simple as it sounds, thoroughly vacuuming all carpeted areas in your home can go a long way to curing your beetle problem. Focus, of course, on the source, but vacuum the whole house to ensure all beetles have been removed. Also vacuum any furniture that has been upholstered. Vacuum once a day for at least a week while you have a carpet beetle infestation.
Throw Away Infested Garments
If a particular clothing item has been infested, no matter the sentimental value, it is best to throw it away before other fabric is affected.
Wash Your Fabrics
All clothing should be washed in hot, soapy water. Linens, towels, and any other loose fabrics should be washed as well to ensure the infestation does not spread. Use hot, soapy water to kill any beetles hanging on.
Follow the label on whatever spray you purchase before use. There are many insecticides especially designed for use with carpet beetles, and those are the most effective products.
Using hormone-based glue traps around cracks, crevices, and other dark locations can be very effective in catching stray carpet beetles. These are especially useful near locations you suspect as the source of the problem.
Call in an Expert
The pest control experts at Mathis Exterminating can solve the problem for you. When all else has failed you still have us to turn to. Give us a call today and get a free extermination estimate!