Carpet beetles are very common insects found in homes and come in various colours patterns (white, brown, yellow, orange) however the black carpet beetle is solid black. Carpet beetle larvae feed on a wide variety of foods, including carpets, skins, furs, woollens, stuffed animals, leather bindings on books, feathers, silk, and plant products. They are also found in processed foods, and process grains. The adults are oval approximately 3 – 5 mm, feed on pollen, fly well, and enter homes through open doors and windows.
Treatment of Carpet Beetles
It is very important to find the source of the problem and discard the food or have carpets and clothing properly cleaned. A thorough vacuuming of the premises should be done including upholstered furniture, getting into the cracks and crevices, and discarding the vacuum bag immediately. Any unlaundered wool or natural fibre clothing should be laundered or, at least, put into a hot dryer for at least one hour. The homeowner should clear furniture etc. from baseboards approximately 12 inches being mindful not to move the heavy things. A residual treatment will be performed in the cracks and crevices and suspected infested areas. Everyone should be out of the house for 4 – 6 hours after the treatment. Fish tanks should be covered with plastic and air filters unplugged.
Carpenter Beetle Prevention
Make sure all windows and doors have properly fitted screens so that the adult carpet beetle is kept from entering the premises.