Carpet Beetles

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What do carpet beetles look like?

carpet beetle larvae on a new jersey bathroom floor

Adult carpet beetles grow to about 1/8th of an inch in length. Their appearance is very similar to that of the of a lady bug, their mottled coloring will differ depending on their specific species. Carpet beetle larvae are about ¼ of an inch in length; they are either carrot-like or oval in shape. The larvae are brown or tan in color with white and tan stripes; and they have bristle-like hairs covering their backs.

Are carpet beetles dangerous?

Carpet beetles are considered to be more dangerous to personal belongings than to people- they do not bite and aren’t known to transmit any diseases. Carpet beetle larvae do feed on and damage carpets, clothing, and furniture. Also, people can have reactions to the bristles found on the larvae’s back; the reaction is similar to that of bed bug bites causing the two species to often be confused with each other.

Why do I have a carpet beetle problem?

Carpet beetles generally enter inside as adults while they are foraging for food; they enter inside through spaces found in the foundation, underneath of doors, and through the spaces found around utility entrances. They can also accidentally be introduced into a home on plants and flowers that are brought inside or on fabric items that are already infested. Once inside their larvae will feed on items like wool carpets and rugs, furs, stuffed animals, silk plants, human and pet hair, dust, and leather book bindings.

Types Of Carpet Beetles In New Jersey

Can I control carpet beetles?

The best way to get rid of carpet beetles from your home is to contact a pest control professional that has the know-how to find and totally eliminate these damaging pests from your home. The experienced pest control professionals at Arrow Pest Control have the training, knowledge and treatments needed to quickly and safely eliminate all damaging carpet beetles from your property. If carpet beetles have decided to invade your New Jersey property or home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control today!

How do I make my property less attractive to carpet beetles?

There are several things that you can do to help deter carpet beetles from choosing your New Jersey home to invade. Seal any cracks and crevices that are found around windows and doors, make sure that screens are completely intact, and seal spaces found around utility entrance. Routinely vacuum and dust to pick up shed pet hair, human hair, and dust- these are all yummy treats for carpet beetles. It is also important that when storing wool clothing items or clothing made from natural fibers, to place them in pest proof storage containers.

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