5 Reasons You Have Carpet Beetles
Carpet beetles are a type of dermestidae, and are very similar to other beetles such as cockroaches. Adults are tiny round bugs with a distinct pattern. You may notice the pattern is very similar to that of a retro carpet. As you can imagine, this and where they like to lay their eggs, is how carpet beetles got their name.
Carpet beetles will lay their eggs deep within the fibers of your carpet. The eggs look like tiny white specks that could fit on top of a pin. The larvae are often worm-like and sometimes have tiny legs.
Although carpet beetles aren’t known for spreading diseases and infections like roaches, they are known to 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 expensive.
Keep reading to find out 5 reasons why carpet beetles are coming into your home, and how you can easily stop them.
Reasons You Have Carpet Beetles
These pests go after almost any household item with fibers. That means carpet beetles damage all your furniture, clothing, linens, rugs, and (you guessed it) carpets if they come into your home.
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 vaires, most eggs hatch within 35 days and can survive for quite a while without food. Carpet beetles mate in warm sources of light, then will lay eggs in warm dark places.
This makes your carpet the perfect place for pests to wiggle their way into your carpet. If you do spot multiple beetles, it’s best to call for help right away, as they multiply very quickly.
Mating is particularly active in the spring and summer as the weather begins to warm up. 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 beetle larvae 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. So if you have an infestation, your plants are likely one of the culprits.
Although your food isn’t at risk, your plants can be damaged by carpet beetles. As we mentioned, carpet beetle larvae particularly like dead organic matter. So your plants likely have dead roots or leaves attracting the larvae.
3. They also like to snack on your pet’s food
Despite carpet beetles not being known to like human food, they are known for nibbling on your pet’s food!
This means you should properly store and seal all of your pet’s food, and clean out their bowl every night. You’ll often find carpet beetles clinging to the dried leftovers in your pet’s dish!
4. They might be attracted to wha’s outside
Like all pests, the 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 or other vegetation 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.
This also means ensuring there are no entrances from outside to stop carpet beetles from coming inside. Seal all cracks and tears in your fondation 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 will wander into homes looking for some basic things they’ll need to survive like food, water, and shelter. The natural fibers in your home make the perfect shelter for carpet beetles. So if you don’t have a synthetic rug or carpet, you’re more likely to get an infestation.
This not only means keeping your carpets clean, but also making sure you don’t leave clothes on the ground. Carpet beetles love shirt stains from leftover food and sweat. This means cleaning all your dirty laundry every week, or using an airtight container to store your dirty clothes. Wash your clothing in hot water, and dry-clean wool if you do think you have an infestation.
This also means inspecting and washing any of the following items that are made with natural materials if you do find carpet beetles:
- Inside instrument cases
- Taxidermy animals
What Should You Do About an 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 on of our Pest Brigade partners through the number at the top of the screen.