Pest Guide: What Is a Carpet Beetle?

Is it a Carpet Beetle? How You Can Tell

Carpet beetles love to eat carpets and sources of keratin, the stiff protein found in fingernails, hair, fur, and other animal-based materials. Two common species impact homeowners across the greater Washington D.C. area: the common carpet beetle, which looks like a black, white, and yellow ladybug, and the black carpet beetle. Both have tiny, oval-shaped bodies that are 1/8th to 3/16th of an inch long, making them easy to miss around your home.

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What Causes a Carpet Beetle Infestation

Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetle infestations often happen by accident, with a beetle wandering into a home or being brought in from outside. Carpet beetles like to hitch rides on items brought in from outdoors, such as plants, flowers, or chopped wood. They may enter homes through open screens, cracked doors, or loose sealing. They especially like dark, warm houses and easy access to food sources.


Common Questions About Carpet Beetles

The classic sign of a carpet beetle infestation is damage to your carpet that you can’t explain. Many people think moths are damaging their clothing or carpets, only to learn later that beetles are behind the damage. This leaves them to let infestations run unchecked.

Carpet Beetles aren’t considered to be dangerous. They don’t transmit diseases and aren’t aggressive. However, their larvae can leave a stinging sensation if touched and activate allergies with their molted exoskeletons.

Cleaning your home of dust, pet dander, pet hair or feathers, and old insect detritus can deprive carpet beetles of their food sources. Carefully packing away any of your belongings, including animal parts, such as horns, leather, fur, or feathers, can protect them from the carpet beetles.

Tips for Preventing Carpet Beetles

  • Deep clean and vacuum carpets and rugs.
  • Seal gaps around the exterior of your home.
  • Caulk around windows, doors and gaps in floors on the interior.
  • Store clothing and fabrics in sealed containers.
  • Wash infested clothes in hot water and dry on highest settings.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Carpet Beetles

My Pest Pros understands that Carpet Beetles can be a major source of frustration. Our technicians area trained to identify the types of Carpet Beetles and likely breeding areas so that we can effectively treat and eliminate them using EPA-approved products. We will get rid of Carpet Beetles while protecting your family, pets, and home.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your pests problems, today and tomorrow.

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