Carpet beetles can cause extensive damage to furniture, rugs, and even clothing. They are also notoriously difficult to get rid of once they infest your home.
Preventing Carpet Beetles
Prevention is the best way to ensure that your home remains beetle-free this summer. Frequent and thorough cleaning will eliminate adult and larval carpet beetles. Vacuum weekly, paying close attention to hidden areas such as those under furniture or in dark corners. Carpet beetles prefer dark spaces where their eggs are unlikely to be disturbed.
If you have pets in your home, consider vacuuming more frequently. Carpet beetles feed on animal hair. During the hot summer months, dogs and cats tend to shed more, providing more for carpet beetles to eat. Eliminating their food supply is the best way to prevent carpet beetles from infesting your home.
How to Tell if You Have a Carpet Beetle Infestation
It can be difficult to tell the difference between damage done by carpet beetles and that done by moths. Carpet beetles tend to destroy a large portion of one area of a rug or other item, while moths often leave many smaller holes throughout the item. Carpet beetles also leave a brown, shell-like skin when they molt.
How to Eliminate Carpet Beetles From Your Home
If you have a carpet beetle problem, first try to isolate the infested items so the beetles do not spread to the rest of your home. Freezing the item for two weeks at a temperature below 18 degrees Fahrenheit or heating them above 120 degrees for thirty minutes will kill carpet beetles at all stages of their development. Only use temperature management if extreme temperatures will not damage the item further.
If carpet beetles have infested your wall-to-wall carpets, call a professional carpet cleaning service. They will remove all of the furniture from the affected room and use a carpet cleaning solution designed to eliminate scents that attract carpet beetles, such as perspiration and animal odors.
While the carpets are being cleaned, inspect the furniture for signs of carpet beetles. Vacuum the upholstery carefully to eliminate any larve or eggs that may have been laid inside the furniture.
Ask your carpet cleaning team about applying a chemical repellant to your carpets to prevent a repeat infestation. They will be able to advise you on the best products for your situation.