Carpet Beetle Control
Carpet beetles are small insects with small, round bodies which can cause damage to animal based materials by feeding on them. They may infest coats, pillows, carpets, rugs, blankets, wool, clothing and upholstered furniture. These insects are widely distributed pest that can be found inside houses and other structures where food is available.
There are several kinds of Carpet beetle species but black carpet beetles and varied carpet beetles are the most common.
Varied carpet beetles are 2 to 3 mm long with yellow, black and white spots while black carpet beetles are bigger, around 3-5 mm and their bodies are longer with black to dark brown color.
Carpet beetles may be carried around by moving infested stuff.
All their species undergo complete metamorphosis, from egg, larvae, pupae and adult beetle. Carpet beetles’ life cycle ranges from 9-12 months in length.
Female carpet beetles can lay more than a hundred eggs at a time. Females lay eggs close to food sources and hatch within 7-35 days.
Carpet beetle larvae are light brown or reddish in color, elongated, and covered by short hair. They are 4 to 7 mm long, move sluggishly and repeatedly molt. They feed on dry animal materials like: fur, dried meat, animal remains, wool, leather, felt, and silk. The larvae develop into fully grown carpet beetle in 2-11 months depending on temperature and food sources.
Pupal stage takes about 2-3 weeks before developing into an adult beetle which usually takes place during spring or summer.
Adult carpet beetles can thrive both indoors and outdoors. Adult carpet beetles also feed on pollen or nectar when they are outside.
There are several steps you can do to help eliminate carpet beetle infestations. First, remove the infested stuff and disinfest them by heat or cold treatment. You may freeze it for 2 weeks or leave it under the sun wrapped in black plastic. Steam-cleaning is also very effective.
You may also vacuum the infested carpets along with other stuff affected by the infestation. Clean the house thoroughly moving furniture occasionally to check on breeding spots. In addition, you may also use insecticides and pay attention to corners, baseboards, and edges of carpet. You may also contact local pest control professionals for thorough extermination.