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Black Carpet Beetles: Are Your Carpets Balding?

Published on Tuesday, November 18 2014

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Are you noticing bald patches on your carpets? If you think your carpet is disintegrating, think again. The actual cause of your missing carpet fibres may come as an unpleasant surprise, an infestation of carpet beetles!
 
Here are some suggestions that will help you deal with a carpet beetle infestation, if one ever occurs.
 

Why Do These Pests Like My Carpets?

These pesky insects, so tiny you would barely notice them, can do serious damage to your carpets and other textiles in your home. Usually attracted to natural fibers, carpet beetles feed on the keratin protein found in materials like wool and silk. So if you have a carpet made of natural fibres, you could fall victim to these troublesome pests.

Can Black Carpet Beetles Spread?

Carpet beetle larvae can very easily crawl from room to room, causing extensive damage to your carpets and rugs. They can also spread from one apartment to another. So do carpet beetles fly? Yes, the adult beetles feed on pollen and can fly indoors in search of plant pollen. This makes it extremely important to control these destructive insects before it is too late. If you’re wondering do carpet beetles bite? The answer is no but shed hairs from the carpet beetle larvae cause irritated itchy welts that may be confused with bites.

This Video Tells How Black Carpet Beetle Larvae Spread

How To Get Rid of Carpet Beetles?

The best way to prevent these unwelcome pests from settling in to your home is to vacuum regularly. Carpet beetles tend to feed in dark, isolated areas, so make sure to vacuum under couches or other large pieces of furniture. Using the crevice tool on your vacuum will also help you vacuum those hard-to-reach areas.

How To Kill Carpet Beetles?

If you do have a carpet beetle infestation, there is no need to panic. There are a number of professional carpet cleaning companies that can quickly and effectively remove these bothersome insects, using safe natural cleaning agents. Once your unwanted guests are gone, you will probably want to repair the damage that has been done to your carpets. If you have a similar off cut of your carpet, you shouldn’t have too much trouble having the damaged areas restored.

Following these suggestions will hopefully point you on the right path to preventing these carpet-eating pests from becoming long-term guests.

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