What are Carpet Beetles and why are they a problem? Adult Carpet Beetles are oval shaped ranging in various colors from black to white, brown-yellow, and orange patterned. The beetles range in size from 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. Just as their names suggests Carpet Beetles infest carpets. Carpet beetles do not just infest and feed on carpets. Carpet Beetles, like clothes moths, feed on materials within your home like wool, fur, felt, silk, feathers, and leather. Polyester and Rayon are rarely attacked unless they are blended with wool, or heavily soiled with body oils. The Carpet Beetle damage often gets mistaken for clothes moths. Adult Carpet Beetles do not seek out carpet to feed on because they are pollinators. It is their larvae that feed on rugs and other fabrics. The mature beetles fly into yards around springtime looking for pollen inadvertently flying or crawling into your home through open windows, doors, or any cracks in your siding. Carpet Beetles find dark areas in your home where they like to eat and where females lay between 50 to 100 eggs. In some cases breeding areas are in obvious like a dark carpeted closet. Other times breeding sites in your home are more subtle. For example, where pet hair and dust accumulates like air vents and baseboards. Carpet Beetle Larvae are about 1/8 to 1/4 -inch long, tan to brownish in color, slow-moving, and covered with hairs. The Larvae sheds its skin and graze along the surface of vulnerable fabrics. As they graze, they often leave irregular holes, mocking clothes moths’ holes. Carpet Beetle Larvae can also infest any part of the home, often making extermination difficult.
How to get rid of Carpet Beetles Carpet Beetle control and prevention can be tricky, which is why we recommend calling the pest control professionals at Magic Pest and Lawn to provide an effective, safe, and customized approach to get rid of Carpet Beetles when these unwanted guests appear. Although these insects are annoying and destructive, they are harmless to humans. The reason they can be so detrimental is that they damage property. Many people try DIY Carpet Beetle bug control methods; however, these only kill the bugs that are visible and not the entire Carpet Beetle infestation. Our Austin pest control experts offer unique Carpet Beetle extermination methods that will prevent and control your Carpet Beetle problem. Contact the professional pest control and Carpet Beetle experts at Magic Pest and Lawn to help you find and get rid of Carpet Beetles before they take over your home!