Carpet-Friendly Guide To Carpet Beetle Infestations In Denton

February 13, 2020


carpet beetles under microscope

In our Denton service area, the little insect known as the carpet beetle can be quite a problem. Actually, it is the larvae of these little insects that are the real threat. If you're seeing carpet beetles in your home, you should know that they aren't damaging your stuff. They are just a warning sign that there may be larvae doing damage in secret places. And if they aren't, they soon will be. A single carpet beetle can lay more than 100 eggs at a time. Here is a quick guide to help you understand carpet beetle infestations in Denton.

Identification

If you have insects crawling around in your home or you've uncovered little worm-like bugs, the first thing you're going to know is how to properly identify them. While they range in size, fully matured adults and larvae will be around ⅛ of an inch long. Here's what they look like.

Adult Carpet Beetles — As an adult, carpet beetles are insects. That means they have the attributes of an insect: three pairs of legs, one pair of antennae, two pairs of wings, and three body parts. Its legs have a joint toward the ends. Its antennae have a thick handlebar look to them. Its wings look like a dome with a crease down the center. And its three body parts can sometimes look like two because it sometimes tucks its head under its thorax (middle body part). When it does this, you won't see its antennae. Adults may be entirely black or they may have a mottled mix of brown, tan, black, white, red, or yellow. Look for photos of black carpet beetles, varied carpet beetles, common carpet beetles, and furniture carpet beetles for an exact appearance. These are the four species we deal with as pests in our Denton area.

Carpet Beetle Larvae —  Larvae of carpet beetles are hairy caterpillars that may be dark gray or tannish-orange, depending on the species. There isn't a lot you need to know about larvae in terms of visual identification. You can usually tell you've found a carpet beetle when you find it attached to a food source.

What Do Carpet Beetles Eat

Adult carpet beetles eat pollen and nectar. Larvae feed on natural fibers, and sometimes a mixture of natural fibers and synthetic fibers, though they can't digest synthetic fibers. They find these fibers in:

  • Furs
  • Feathers
  • Skins
  • Hair
  • Wool
  • Dander
  • Silk
  • Dead insects
  • Cotton
  • Blends of wool and synthetic fibers
  • Grain

When they chew on fibers, they can harm your belongings. Some items that are at risk are:

  • Carpets
  • Tapestries
  • Curtains
  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Hats
  • Coats
  • Furniture
  • Sheets
  • Bedding
  • Mounted trophies

Pantry Pests

You may find carpet beetle larvae in kitchen and pantry food products as well. This makes them a pantry pest. When controlling these insects, it may be necessary to inspect and contain certain products in your kitchen or pantry.

Protecting Your Stuff From Carpet Beetles

If you find these beetles in your home, there are a few things you can do to protect your stuff:

  • Bring items to the dry cleaner.
  • Run items through a 30-minute dryer cycle.
  • After items have been dry cleaned or run through a dryer cycle, put them in sealed plastic bags to protect them.
  • Put fruit and grain food items in sealed plastic containers.

How To Get Rid of Carpet Beetles

A treatment of EPA approved products is often necessary for the elimination of carpet beetles and their larvae. This should be performed by a licensed pest control professional. If you live in Denton, or somewhere else in our North Texas service area, we can help you with carpet beetle extermination. Our team uses industry-leading methods and field-tested products. You can always expect the highest level of control with Adams Exterminating Company. Contact us today for assistance.

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