What Are Carpet Beetles?
Carpet beetles feed on a variety of plant and animal fibers, including hair, dandruff, furs, wool, animals skins, book bindings, dry goods, and natural fiber clothing. The three most common species of carpet beetles include the varied carpet beetle, the common carpet beetle, and the furniture carpet beetles.
Carpet beetles are oval in shape and typically grow to 1/8- 3/16th of an inch in length. Their color patterns are species dependent. Carpet beetle larvae have an elongated round shape and are covered in bristly hairs.
Why Are They Often Mistaken For Bed Bugs?
It is common for people to think they have a bed bug infestation when really it is carpet beetles in their homes. Carpet beetle larvae are attracted to mattresses because they feed on dead skin cells on them. As the larvae are feeding they may brush against a person sleeping and the bristles on their body can cause a skin irritation in some people. When people wake up in their beds with what looks like “bites”, they assume the problem is bed bugs when in reality it is a carpet beetle infestation.
How Did Carpet Beetles Enter?
Carpet beetles enter into homes from the outside while foraging for food sources. They enter through spaces underneath exterior doors, through cracks in foundations, and through gaps around windows and doors. Also, carpet beetles can be found on a variety of natural fibers and may be introduce into your home on already infested items.
Do Carpet Beetles Cause Damage?
Yes, carpet beetles can cause damage to carpets, clothing, and furniture when they feed on them. They can be particularly damaging to items that are being stored in attic and basement areas.
What Are The Signs Of Carpet Beetles?
Noticing signs of carpet beetles in your home can be difficult mainly because carpet beetles usually hide in dark undisturbed areas of your home. This means that detecting an infestation usually doesn’t happen until it is large and widespread. Signs of an infestation include finding shed skin throughout your home, noticing holes in fabric items, and holes or tears in food packaging found in pantry areas.
How Do You Control Carpet Beetles?
Getting rid of carpet beetles from your home can be tough. Sealing openings in the exterior walls of your home, around windows and doors, and the foundation can help. You should regularly inspect pantry areas, stored clothing and linens, upholstery and other items in airtight plastic containers, and regularly vacuum the carpeted areas of your home.
The best way to control carpet beetles and other common household pests from invading your home is with professional pest control services. Experts will be able to find all the areas in your home where carpet beetles are hiding and eliminate them safely and quickly. At Allgood, we can treat and control carpet beetles year-round with our residential pest control plans.
For more information about how we can help control carpet beetles in your home or business, contact us today!