Preventing and Treating Pesky Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles are becoming a hot topic in the flooring community. These pesky little critters are enough to make a person panic, but today we will discuss ways to prevent a possible infestation and ways to treat a current one.

First, we should answer why carpet beetles attack. For one they eat anything, clothing, garments, pet food, blankets, furniture, basically anything that has a significant source of natural fibers. This is why they are so feared by us.

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Carpet Beetle Infestation Prevention

While there is no current mean to effectively eliminate any and all possibility of obtaining these intolerable house guests, there are certain preventative measurements that you can take.

For starters you can take all of your seasonal clothing and pack it up in plastic bags, I know what a pain but worth it if you want to save them from harmful parasites and bugs. If your garments are exposed to sunlight I wouldn’t worry about an infestation as carpet beetles prefer dark areas to eat in.

Always go with Synthetic fibers over natural fibers. I know there is always a fuss about using synthetics instead of natural fibers, but I’m here to tell you that if you want a beetle free home, having no reliable food source is an excellent way to start! There are many synthetic fibers on the market that are actually more luxurious and healthier than natural fibers. Among the benefits of not being a smorgasbord to beetles, most are non allergenic and stain resistant.

The best way to prevent a carpet beetle infestation is, yes you guessed it, CLEANING REGULARLY. A carpet should be vacuumed at least 2 times a week and be professionally cleaned twice a year. I know it seems like a bit of a hassle but lets face it, cleaning on a regular basis is the best way to nip it in the bud. Food particles, natural oils, and even dust bunnies are all on the carpet beetles favorite food list.

Treatment of Carpet Beetle Infestation

First off, find out where the source of the beetles is coming from. Some things that you can look for are fecal pellets and the skins that the beetles will occasionally molt. Check all of the dark places in the home such as closets, inside furniture drawers, and in your basement. Many times the source of the beetles can be right in your view, but without searching and looking for the clues you may not notice. Makes sure to check under rugs as well!

Once you have found the source, you will need to immediately vacuum the area and try to get as many beetles up as possible, and continue on to vacuum your entire house. This will include:

  • Carpet
  • Rugs
  • Furniture
  • Window Treatments

You will also need to wash all fabrics hot soapy water including:

  • Clothing
  • Linens
  • Towels and Hand Clothes
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

Once this is all done, there are several carpet treatments available that will remedy the problem. Make sure to get a treatment that say “Carpet Beetles” on the box, it should come in a spray or dust form. Make sure it contains one of the following components: chlorpyrifos, bendiocarbs, or allethrin.

These are essential in killing the beetle and the larvae/eggs that have been created.

These treatments can be hazardous to one’s health so please use every precautionary measure to protect you skin, eyes, and lungs. If you are looking for a more chemically friendly way to treat, you can use Boric Acid which is very safe for humans to be around, but be warned it does contain the ability to bleach fabrics!

If these suggestions still have not remedied your issue, it is probably time to call in a pest professional. Even though sometimes we are more than capable of doing these types of things ourselves, we can’t do it all! So if you cannot get it under control it would behoove you to find a professional that can.

Thanks for reading and I can’t wait to read any questions or comments that you may have on this topic. I hope it helps.

Until Next Time, Happy Home and Flooring!

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