Carpet beetles are a very pesky problem to have. They can cause damage to your carpets, clothing and other fabrics. Getting rid of carpet beetles takes a lot of time and patience, but the job can usually be done without needing to call professional exterminators. Here are the steps you should take to rid your home of carpet beetles.
Identify the problem
You will want to verify that you do in fact have carpet beetles. You should become aware of the common clues associated with the presence of carpet beetles. Look for fecal pellets and shed skins, as this is a sure sign of an infestation. You are likely to see the beetles in both larvae form and adult form. Most adult beetles are oval-shaped and are only slightly larger than the head of a pin. Many beetles have black and gray or black and brown patterns on them. Some varieties will have a bit of yellow or white on their backs as well. Carpet beetles will roll over when touched and they move very slowly.
Search for the Source
You will want to find the source of the primary infestation area. Carpet beetles are attracted to fabric so you will often find them in your carpets, particularly if the carpet is in a closet or other dark area. Once you know the source of the infestation you can begin to determine how you can best treat it. You should inspect plants before bringing them into your home to ensure they don’t have any bugs on them. You will also want to check windows and other areas to make sure there aren’t any cracks or spots where bugs can get in.
The most important thing to do when dealing with carpet beetles is to ensure you’ve removed all of the bugs. It doesn’t take long for them to begin multiplying again if you’ve missed a few. Cleaning your carpets thoroughly or hiring a professional carpet-cleaning technician is your best protection against a reoccurrence of carpet beetles.