A study by the University of California found that carpet beetles can cause serious damage to homes. The most common targets of these creatures are fabrics, furniture, furs, and stored food.
The carpet beetle feeds on any material that contains animal products. Therefore, leather, wool, silk, fur, and other natural fibers are a common target.
🧀 Remove their food source
Get rid of all the extra clothes that you don’t need in order to avoid encouraging the carpet beetles to feed on them. In addition, give everything else in your house a thorough cleaning. Your pets’ clothing and bedding should also be washed to remove extra hair. You should remove any birds’ nests near your house, as they are a favorite nesting site for carpet beetles.
🐛 Remove them while they are larvae
It takes a female carpet beetle two weeks to lay 100 eggs. When they are larvae, they are furry and very different in appearance, but it is at this stage that they do the most damage. As carpet beetles do not like cedar, it’s a wise idea to store your clothes in a cedar chest if the problem persists. This can act as a deterrent. It is likely that you will find plenty of larvae in your house after vacuuming thoroughly. Dispose of them outside or destroy them.
🧴 Organic insect spray
Lastly, spray your house thoroughly to kill any carpet beetles that may still be hiding in your clothes and furniture after cleaning. There are organic solutions specifically designed for carpet beetles that are safe for pets and the family. EcoSMART is one such brand that uses no harmful chemicals and is known to be 100 percent effective in removing these pests.
In terms of home pests, carpet beetles are among the most obnoxious. These pests are unsightly, reproduce rapidly, and cause a lot of damage to carpets, furniture, and clothing.
IMPORTANT: A professional pest control service is the best option when you’re not sure what type of pest infestation you have.