Do you know what are carpet beetles and what damage they can do? I didn’t!
Recently, my friend asked me to help him, because he noticed some bugs in his wardrobe.
I asked him what kind of bugs, because there are at least several species which we can find in our homes.
He answered that, according to information he could find, it is something unknown in our country.
That’s how it started! Then I went into research and now I know about carpet beetles more than I ever wanted to know.
But, also, now I have some useful information and tips for “How to get Rid Carpet Beetles” that I going to share with you. Enjoy!
Some facts about Household Pests
We need to know that their presence in our homes is completely normal.
In a typical household live about a hundred species of insects. Many of them are pests.
According to some studies, their presence should not be too much to worry about, because most of them are not dangerous. Some are useful.
On the other hand, we can not do much to prevent their coexistence with humans.
Insects, and hence pests, lived in human settlements even before 20,000 years ago, and still live, no matter how our homes are clean.
Exploring for the purpose of this article, I found out that in our homes there is a whole wondrous world of bugs.
I wrote this passage only for one reason: many people have a terrible fear when they find insects that have settled in the home. The only goal of this passage is to get rid of fear.
After these, I hope useful information about the phenomenon, let’s see how to get rid of carpet beetles.
Know your enemy – What are Carpet Beetles
The Common Characteristics of all Carpet Beetles
In a natural environment, they feed on plant fibers.
But they also feed on dead animals and animal products: wool, silk, cotton, hair brushes, pet hair, feathers, blankets, pet food etc.
They love sunlight and during the summer they live in the gardens and orchards, so it’s almost inevitable not to have them in-house.
So, if you have a garden, you can easily bring them inside on cut flowers.
Given that these insects like to live outdoor, in warmer climates we bring them inside on clothes and almost anything brought from outside.
They also fly, so they enter through open windows and doors.
You can find them in carpets, upholstery furniture, wardrobes, stored grains.
Adults lay eggs where larvae will have food and we already said what and where is their food.
When eggs are ready to pupate, larvae penetrate deeper into the material in order to feed. So, the most damage actually do larvae.
And here is how it looks:
How to recognize Infestation?
Early identification of the infestation is very important.The infestation may occur in various ways.
The first sign of infestation is when we find and notice a beetle (that’s what happened to my friend). Until that moment, the larvae have already made a great deal of damage.
You probably will start with thoroughly investigation and you will notice the following:
- Bugs around the windows and along the base of an interior walls.
- Holes on carpets, rugs, woolen clothing items and blankets.
- Fecal spots and shed skins of the bugs.
Signs of infestation
When you identified the problem:
What is next to do – 10 Step Get Rid Beetles (Step by Step)
Something what could be the first and at the same time the last advice
PREVENTION AND PROTECTION
- Before storing for a long time, all fabrics should be washed and cleaned.
- Store all mentioned items in airtight containers, the best with mothballs.
- Conduct frequent vacuuming.
- Use prevention spray.
- If you estimate as necessary, occasionally engage the services of a professional pest control operator.
So, one phone call from my friend with the question: “Can you help me?
I found some unusual bug in my wardrobe”, turned into detailed and extensive research on the topic from the title of this article.
As I said before, now I know about carpet beetles more than I ever wanted, but I’m not sorry for at least two reasons:
- When I pick up these bugs, somewhere and sometime, I will know what to do.
- I got a chance to help other people who have the same problem.
Believe it or not, there are still few things I did not mention. Maybe in a sequel.
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