Carpet beetles will take over your home quickly, if they manage to get inside. There are 3 different types, which can be differentiated by the color pattern on their wings. Typically, they can lay more than 100 eggs at a time. Because they can fly, they can move around your home easily. Most of the time, they feed on different types of fabric. Carpet beetles hide in furniture, carpet, and other places where there is a lot of food. These pests will go unnoticed until the infestation has become large. The biggest threat they pose is the amount of damage they can do to your furniture, carpets, and clothing. If you see them around your home or signs of the damage they can cause, call Nashville Pest Control to get rid of these annoying pests for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
There are 3 different types of carpet beetles; varied, common, and furniture carpet beetle. All three types are about the same size, measuring only 1/8th to 3/16th of an inch long. Each species is differentiated by the color pattern on their wings.
Female carpet beetles mate near light sources. They can lay more than 100 eggs at a time. Generally, they lay their eggs inside, but have been known to lay them outside in the nests pf birds, mice, and other insects. Eggs can hatch anywhere between 7-35 days. The larvae can survive for several weeks without food. It can take the young 9 months to 2 years to reach the adult stage. Adult carpet beetles emerge in the spring or summer, but survive only a few weeks.
Habitat and Behavior:
Carpet beetles are a huge problem when they enter your home. They generally enter through openings in the foundation, holes in screens, utility entrances, and underneath doorways while they are looking for food. Once they are inside the home, they feed on wool carpets and rugs, furs, stuffed animals, human and pet hair, and leather book bindings. Also, they eat silk plants and products.
Usually, they will hide in carpets, upholstered furniture, blankets, coats, comforters, wool, pillows, and clothing.
Their ability to fly allows for fast infestation.
Level of Danger:
These beetles can damage clothing, carpets, and stored fabrics inside the home. They are not dangerous to people or pets. Some people have had reactions when they come into contact with the bristles of larvae, but that is rare.
Signs of Infestation:
These pests typically go unnoticed until the infestation has become large and create a lot of damage. You might notice the damage in your furniture or carpets from them feeding, or in your clothing, or simply around your home. Because they can fly, they can infest your entire home within a few weeks.
To prevent a carpet beetle infestation, make sure you fix all the cracks in foundations. Make sure the screens, doorways, and windows are sealed. It is also important to routinely clean and vacuum.
The first step in getting rid of a carpet bug infestation is to wash and vacuum the infected areas, but you will also need a professional to come and make sure that all the infected areas have been taken care of. If you think your home has been taken over by carpet beetles, call Nashville Pest Control.