Carpet Beetles – What To Know

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Carpet Beetles are a common form of pest infestation in the Vancouver home. They are also one of the hardest to eradicate.

Left unchecked they can cause a lot of damage to your fabrics, carpets and furniture.

Surprisingly it’s not the adult carpet beetles that do the damage but the larval beetles. Adult carpet beetles feed outdoors on pollen and nectar. Carpet beetle larvae prefer to feed in the dark. They are fond of cotton, linen, rayon, fur, silk, and wool.

Carpet Beetle Larvae

The larval stage of carpet beetles can last up to three years. An infestation in your home can add up to a lot of destructive munching through your clothes and carpets.

Female carpet beetles can lay up to 100 eggs at a time inside your home. The eggs hatch into larvae within seven to 35 days.

Since carpet beetle larvae like dark, hidden areas, they can be difficult to find. This is just one reason that you should hire good pest removal specialists.

ABC Pest Control Vancouver will quickly locate the source of the infestation and eradicate it. They will search for larvae behind baseboards, under furniture and carpets, around door casings and inside air ducts. They will look for fecal pellets and the shed skin of larvae. A higher concentration of these in one spot might also indicate the source of the infestation.

Types of Carpet Beetle

The three main varieties of carpet beetle are: the Varied Carpet Beetle, the Furniture Carpet Beetle, and the Black Carpet Beetle.

The first two varieties are round and mottled yellow, brown and white. The Black Carpet Beetle has a longer, black body and is the largest of the three at up to 3/16” long. The Black Carpet Beetle is also the most destructive.

Although they move slowly, these carpet beetles' larvae will roam from room to room in your home. They can cause rampant damage before you discover you even have an infestation.

Act fast! For pest removal or pest control in Vancouver and Surrey, call ABC Pest Control to stop potential infestations in their tracks.

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