5 Reasons You Have Carpet Beetles
Carpet beetles lay their eggs deep within the fibers of your carpet. You may notice the pattern is very similar to a retro carpet. If you’ve spotted a few of them, there are 5 reasons why you might have a carpet beetle infestation. If you don’t know what carpet beetles are, this page will show you exterminator-recommended solutions to a carpet beetle infestation and how to spot them.
What Is A Carpet Beetle?
Carpet beetles are a type of Dermestidae and are very similar to other beetles such as cockroaches. To find carpet beetle adults, look for tiny round bugs with a distinct pattern. Carpet beetle eggs look like tiny white specks that could fit on top of a pin and the larvae will look like a tiny black bean with legs like a centipede.
Carpet beetles aren’t known for spreading diseases and infections like roaches. However, they will destroy all sorts of objects in your home. Carpet beetles are particularly drawn to natural fibers like wool or silk, which means replacing damaged objects will quickly become very expensive.
Carpet beetles lay eggs and nest in any household item with natural fibers. An infestation can damage your furniture, clothing, linens, rugs, and (you guessed it) carpets with natural fibers. Here are some common reasons why you might have carpet beetles.
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1. They need to hatch their eggs
Female carpet beetles can lay over 100 eggs at a time. Although the lifespan of a carpet beetle varies, most eggs hatch within 35 days and can survive for quite a while without food. Carpet beetles mate in warm sources of light then lay eggs in warm dark places.
Mating is particularly active in the spring and summer as the weather begins to warm up. This makes your carpet the perfect place for these pests to lay eggs. If you do spot multiple beetles, it’s best to call for help right away, as they multiply very quickly.
If you do spot a carpet beetle in your home look for the eggs or larvae in your:
The best way to keep carpet beetles out of your carpet is to keep it clean. Carpet beetles love dead organic matter like skin, dust, fur, or hair.
2. They want to feast on your plants
Carpet beetles like to eat plant nectar and pollen. If you have an infestation, your plants likely caused it. Your plants can be damaged by carpet beetles. Since carpet beetle larvae particularly like dead organic matter, your plants likely have dead roots or growths attracting them. Remove any rotting or dead growths to keep all pests off your plants.
3. They’re snacking on your pet’s food
Always properly store and seal all of your pet’s food, and clean out their bowl every night if you have carpet beetle infestation. You’ll often find carpet beetles clinging to the dried leftovers in your pet’s dish. Carpet beetles don’t often go for human food, but you should be sealing your own food to keep other pests away.
4. They might be attracted to something outside
Like all pests, your carpet beetle infestation came into your house from outside. So even if carpet beetles are only laying eggs inside your home, they could be getting food from outside.
Check your garden and bushes around your home for rotting roots and leaves. Bird feeders are also known to attract carpet beetles if they’re stale. Check your garden and bird feeder for signs of rot at least once a week.
Ensure there are no entrances from outside to stop carpet beetles from coming inside. Seal all cracks and tears in your foundation so pests don’t have a way in. Keeping your outdoors clean will also help eliminate other pests like termites and rats.
5. They’re attracted to the natural fibers in your home
Carpet beetles wander into homes looking for some things they need to survive like food, water, and shelter. The natural fibers are the perfect shelter for carpet beetles. So you’re more likely to get an infestation if you have more natural fibers in your home.
While you have an active infestation, don’t leave clothes on the ground. Carpet beetles love stains from leftover food and sweat. Clean dirty clothing frequently and use an airtight container to store dirty clothes to minimize damage. Wash your clothing in hot water, and dry-clean wool.
Inspect and wash the following items made with natural materials if you do find carpet beetles:
- Inside instrument cases
- Taxidermy animals
How To Get Rid of a Carpet Beetle Infestation
Carpet beetles are hard to get rid of without an exterminator. It’s best to always keep your home as clean as possible, especially if you have a non-synthetic rug or carpet.
Although carpet beetles aren’t dangerous, they are annoying and can destroy lots of your household items.
If you want to talk with someone about what you can do to get rid of carpet beetles, call one of our Pest Brigade partners through the number at the top of the screen.