The carpet beetle can be a major household pest that feeds on any natural fibers and can damage carpets, clothing, leather and furniture. It is a threat during its larval stage when it is better known as a “woolly bear”. This stage can last for 1-3 years depending on environmental conditions. Once it reaches adulthood, the carpet beetle feeds on pollen.
How to Identify a Carpet Beetle Infestation
Look for telltale signs such as damage to carpets, furniture, clothing or leather. This could be caused by a number of pests so you should call a professional exterminator to ensure that the correct pest has been identified and is being dealt with using the correct treatments.
Dealing with a Carpet Beetle Infestation
The first step is proper identification. Next, any infested food should be discarded, and carpets, furniture or clothing that have been infested must be brushed or washed. Insecticide should be applied in cracks and near the area of infestation. It is recommended that you contact a professional exterminator to ensure that the pest has been correctly identified and that insecticide treatments have been properly applied. Windows should be kept closed or screened, as this is how the adult carpet beetle often enters the home to lay its eggs.
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