One or two at a time… They begin to appear. Small black beetles crawling in, along, and on top of my carpet. They are especially prevalent along the baseboards where the wall meets the carpet. But what exactly are they?
I call a local San Antonio Pest control company and they tell me I have carpet beetles!
The pest control company informs me the carpet beetles are an easy fix, with a few regular pest control services.
After signing up, I never saw another carpet beetle again!
What Exactly Are Carpet Beetles?
It starts off by seeing shed insect skins and fecal pellets in your carpet and furniture. Then you’ll start seeing small oval shaped beetles crawling through your carpet. Then you start to see small fuzzy looking caterpillars (larvae) crawling through your carpet. What you’re experiencing is carpet beetles, and their life cycle.
In late spring through early summer, carpet beetles lay their eggs in the carpet, furniture, closets, and even the air ducts in your home. As soon as these eggs hatch, the carpet beetle larvae will begin to eat and damage anything around. Traveling rapidly from room to room, causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage to clothing, carpet, and furniture, they become quite the pest control problem.
There are actually three different types of carpet beetles that infest our carpets, our furniture, our clothing, and our homes. These different species include: black carpet beetles, varied carpet beetles, and furniture carpet beetles. The carpet beetles I found crawling in my carpet were the adult black carpet beetles (Attagenus unicolor).
Measuring only about 1/10 of an inch, with some species reaching lengths of 3/16th of an inch, carpet beetles are very tiny. They are especially prevalent wherever dirt, hair, and other dead insects have begun to accumulate; in dark areas of the home, or near windows. Carpet beetles come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some have white or grey checkers, some have yellow or orange markings on their backs and some are a glossy black in color.
How Can I Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles?
There are a couple steps that homeowners can take to avoid carpet beetle infestations. As it goes with many insect infestations, cleanliness is a major key! Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! When you do, make sure you pay special attention to the baseboards where the carpets meet the wall. These are carpet beetle breeding grounds. The hose extension on your vacuum is great for this. If you are beginning to see signs of carpet beetles in your clothing or bedding, take it all to the dry cleaners. Using moth balls in your closets are also beneficial in combating them in your clothing.
Take these steps to prevent carpet beetles, but if you already have them, your best plan of action is to call a pest control company.
Pest Control For Carpet Beetles
Like I mentioned before, carpet beetles can cause damage to carpet, fabric, clothing, and other items located inside your home. These beetles have a tendency to roam from room to room in looking for food; leaving a path of destruction behind them. If you are seeing carpet beetles in your home, it’s time for professional pest control!Bulwark Exterminating
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