What's the Big Deal About Carpet Beetles?

05/13/2016


Carpet Beetles    Home Pest Control   

Are you seeing these creatures in your home? Carpet beetles are little round bugs that are up to 3.5 centimeters long, black with a yellow and white mottling of scales on their backs, and thick yellow scales on their legs. If you are seeing them, there is a good chance you're wondering if they're harmful. Sadly, the answer is yes. They can be very harmful to your belongings. And, if you have an allergic reaction, they can also be harmful to you as well.

How are carpet beetles harmful to belongings?

Should you be worried about carpet beetles? Well, consider the fact that the larvae of these beetles are known to feed on a variety of animal-based items. They will consume a wide range of items in your home, including silk, fur, wool, leather, and animal hair. Because of this, they are typically found in carpets, blankets, comforters, woolen items, clothing, pillows, and furniture. And, since both the larvae and the adults of these beetles prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas, they often go unnoticed for a long period of time until the infestation has grown into a large problem.

How are carpet beetles harmful to humans?

Not only are these tiny bugs damaging to the items in your home, they can also cause harm to some humans. These beetles can leave little red bumps on the skin that look like bug bites, but they are actually caused by an allergic reaction. These bumps and rashes appear when an allergic person comes into contact with the hairs, or bristles, on the abdomen of carpet beetle larvae, or to the insect's blood. An allergic reaction to carpet beetle hairs may result in itchy welts that can become infected if scratching is not controlled.

Is there any way to deter carpet beetles?

Yes. Here are a few things that you can do to try to keep carpet beetles at bay:

  • Dry clean all your clothes or run them through the dryer on the hottest setting.

  • Dust your home and thoroughly vacuum carpets, furniture, and pantry shelves on a regular basis.

  • Keep your rooms brightly lit and use bright fabrics. This will help keep larvae away.

  • Check flowers and plants for pests before bringing them inside.

  • Store all food in the refrigerator or in plastic containers.

Is there a way to completely eradicate carpet beetles?

Here at American Pest, we are educated in the habits and habitats of carpet beetles. If you want these pests out of your home, we have the expertise and equipment to safely and fully exterminate these bugs. And, if you have questions regarding carpet beetles, we can assist with that as well. Simply give us a call or send a message. We are standing by to help.






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