Carpet beetles are notorious for causing extensive damage to household items such as carpets and rugs made of animal fiber, food products, clothing and furniture. These insects do not infest items made of synthetic material, unless they are soiled with animal matter or food particles. Carpet beetles can be removed by following some specific steps.
Step 1 – Identify the Areas of Infestation
There are several signs that can point to a carpet beetle infestation. Generally, these pests are found along and under carpets, hidden areas such as furniture undersides, ducts and cracks in flooring, air ducts, closets, storage boxes, attics, etc. Regular cleaning and removal of accumulated lint and food spills is the best way of preventing carpet beetle infestation, as well as ensuring that your home is free of cracks and other openings. Some signs of carpet beetle infestation include tears in clothing, carpets and other materials. Carpet beetle infestation is usually difficult to detect without a thorough inspection, because these pests infest several different small areas, and do not appear in open areas.
Step 2 – Treat Infested Items Promptly
Some large items that are infested with carpet beetles may require professional treatment. Infested food items must be discarded. However, clothing, area rugs and other such items can be treated at home effectively. It is a good idea to thoroughly clean the house before starting treatment, so that the beetles are disturbed from their hidden locations. Treatment with heat or in the freezer will kill the larvae and adult beetles. Keep infested items in the freezer for a period of 2 days or more, or treat with hot water and soap. Dry cleaning can also remove an infestation from clothing and stuffed toys, etc. A steam cleaner can also be successful in eliminating carpet beetles.
Step 3 – Treat with Chemicals
You can also use chemicals or insecticides to remove carpet beetles. When applying insecticide on carpets, rugs and furniture, make sure you thoroughly penetrate the surface, because carpet beetles and their larvae are usually found deep below the surface. Also make sure that the insecticide is effective on carpet beetles. Multiple treatments are usually required to eliminate all the larvae and adult carpet beetles, and to prevent another infestation. This is because a single treatment will not be effective against all the insects at different stages of development. Boric powder is also a great option for removing carpet beetles. Make sure you thoroughly treat every corner of furniture, and the underside of carpets and rugs.
Step 4 – Prevent Future Infestations
To prevent future infestations, store all clothes and other susceptible items in insect-proof containers. Dry clean all clothes before storing them, so that they are free of any odors that may attract carpet beetles. Keep your home clean of animal fur, lint and food particles. Also ensure that there are no openings that may attract carpet beetles.