Date Posted: July 17, 2023
Category: Pest Control
Carpet beetles in your Southern Maine home can eat and damage household items made using organic fabrics. They can hide in upholstered furniture, clothes, wool, carpets, pillows, blankets, coats, and rugs. The carpet beetle survives well by eating different materials, including hair, fur, leather, silk, pelts, and woolen.
Eliminating carpet beetles from your space can be challenging, especially if it's your first time doing it. This is why you should contact the Southern Maine pest control experts at Big Blue Bug Solutions to help you accomplish this goal. We can get rid of carpet beetles completely.
What Do Carpet Beetles Look Like?
Carpet beetles are tiny insects with an oval shape that are often compared to ladybugs because of their similar shapes. Their color is brown, black, or a mixture of brown and cream, depending on their species, and they have a length of between 1/8 and 3/16 of an inch.
You may find carpet beetles in all the different stages of their lives in your home, including eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. The adult carpenter beetles are attracted to light and can fly into your home through doors, windows, and small gaps, and the larvae prefer to stay in dark parts of the home.
Eggs and larvae are small and difficult to spot, especially when laid or hatch within the fibers of an area rug or carpet. The eggs are tiny, oval, and white. The larva is elongated and looks like a worm but is small, about 1/8 of an inch long. They have legs and crawl slowly.
How Much Damage Can Carpet Beetles Do In My Home?
This insect is very destructive in its larval stage because it eats a lot. They do the most damage to a home compared to other stages in the development cycle since they eat natural fibers, foods with protein, and carpets. They are the most difficult to see because they look like the food they consume. If there are carpet beetles in your Southern Maine home, you can locate them on feathers, fur, wool, or pantry, eating uncovered food products.
Once they become adults, the cycle is repeated as they will lay eggs, and they keep growing in number. Therefore, getting rid of beetles as soon as possible is essential to prevent them from multiplying and causing further damage to your property.
To know whether you have a carpet beetle infestation, you might see insects near a light source. Other signs to watch out for are shed larvae skins spread beneath furniture or rugs; bare sections in carpets, blankets, and clothes; small brown or black droppings under your furniture or in your closet; and bald areas in taxidermied animals or woolen coats.
How Can I Prevent Carpet Beetles In My Home?
Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent these destructive pests from accessing your home. These include:
- Seal spaces around windows and doors.
- Seal cracks in your foundation.
- Ensure you always store your food in tightly covered containers.
- Fix holes in your window panes.
- When you bring things from outside to your house, such as a bunch of flowers or clothing, thoroughly inspect them to ensure no bugs are hiding within the petals or apparel.
- Ensure your clothes are always clean before storing them because these bugs eat dirty fabrics.
- Clean your home regularly to prevent carpet beetles from getting comfortable and multiplying further.
If you want to avoid these pests, also be mindful of the cleanliness of your home. Clean every hidden and visible space because these pests can hide anywhere.
What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles In My Home?
If you have a carpet beetle infestation, the best way to get rid of it is to bring in professionals. Prevent your clothing and carpets from damage with effective home pest control in Southern Maine by Big Blue Bug Solutions. Call us today to inquire about our carpet beetle removal services and request a free inspection.