HOW to GET RID of CARPET BEETLES
Damages & Signs of Infestation
Carpet beetles are labeled under fabric and paper pests. Damages done by carpet beetles can usually be found on furniture and fabrics of clothes or carpeting. Fabrics may typically have surface damage and a few holes here and there that accumulate over time. However, carpet beetles will leave abnormally large and irregular holes in the material. When inspecting for signs of carpet beetles, dark and undisturbed areas should be checked. Also, areas where lint can be collected should be inspected as well. These are in any closets where fabrics are being stored, in the attic, lint can collect in baseboards, air ducts, lining of rugs and carpets, stuffing of furniture and even in the bristles of old paint brushes. In order for a full control of carpet beetles, there must be a thorough inspection of the entire structure.
A few prevention methods can stop further infestations from occurring:
Sanitation – Housekeeping is extremely important. Carpet beetles can actually feed on lint and build up of fabrics and lint, therefore, a removal of lint can eliminate breeding places. Dry cleaning and laundering fabrics before storing them for long periods of time is also recommended. This will remove the sweat and moisture odors that carpet beetles may be attracted to and also kills any larvae and eggs that might still be breeding on the fabrics. Although short term storage may not have infestations, long term storaging can result in damage to clothing. Vacuum to remove debris of animal hairs and lint that will serve as food to the carpet beetles.
Close Entryways – Windows and air ducts should be checked out periodically. Also, make sure to screen windows and doors. Screens that are installed should be tightly fitted so that adult beetles cannot enter.
Elimination – When infested articles are found, they should be sealed and thrown away. This will aid in immediate control and also prevention of carpet beetles.
The key to controlling infestations of carpet beetles is to find the primary source or sources of the infestation and to eliminate them. A good first initial step is to do a thorough inspection. You must check where any susceptible materials will exist or will be stored and this often times includes attics or basements that are used for storage.
Indoor Treatment: A primary indoor treatment is to target cracks and crevices and target the voids in your home. These areas are where beetles may enter or live. Crack and crevice treatments can be done with liquid insecticide sprays (FenvaStar EcoCap, LambdaStar 9.7% CS ), dust products (PYGANIC DUST), and aerosol sprays (565 PLUS XLO, CB-80 EXTRA). Aerosol sprays and liquid insecticides should not be used around electrical wiring and treated areas should be left alone to dry before coming in contact with again. Aerosol sprays have very short residual times (up to one month) and liquid insecticides have longer residual times (3-4 months). Reapplication should occur when residuals end (aerosol – reapply every month and liquid insecticides – reapply every 4 months). Areas like around window sills and door frames should be treated. Dust products on the other hand, have a longer residual time (about 5-6 months). However, they should not be used around children or animals. Also, they should be applied in areas with very little or ideally, no traffic. These are areas like under or behind furniture, book shelves, and outlets.
The safest method of pest control for carpet beetles may be hormone based traps. Such traps are typically glue traps. (VARIED CARPET BEETLE TRAPS). These traps are used to monitor how heavy your infestation is.
Outdoor Treatment: Barrier treatment may be the most effective for outdoor treatment of carpet beetles. It is just like what the name makes it out to be – creating a barrier around the home to keep carpet beetles out. These treatments are applied by liquid insecticide. Soil areas that are adjacent to the structure and also barriers around the lower portion of the foundation are treated with liquid insecticide. The most thorough barrier treatments are applications that are 2-3 feet up the structure from the base and 2-3 feet out from the base of the structure. Also, target the areas around the windows and door frames. Utility pipes that lead into the home should also be treated. All these areas are areas that are potential entry points for carpet beetles. Also, nests should be inspected as well.
All product labels for professional pesticides should be read through carefully before being applied. Also, correct safety measures like wearing protective gear and clearing an area after treatment to allow the area to dry is also crucial so that people may not be harmed.