Household Hazards: Carpet Beetles

You have probably never heard of carpet beetles but have seen the damage that they can do to your carpets and upholstery.  Carpet Beetles lay their eggs in rugs, furs or any fabric containing wool or fur and prefer indoor conditions. Both adults and larvae like to feed in areas that are undisturbed and dark, which can make them hard to detect until you have a wide infestation and a large amount of damage to your home.  Although they prefer to eat natural fibers they have been known to eat synthetic if covered with perspiration, oil or food. Here are some helpful hints to stave off these little offenders:

  • Vacuum carpets, rugs, upholstery and pillows on a regular basis to remove eggs and larvae create an infestation.
  • Make sure to clean up food spills right away since they will gather dust and lint which can become a breeding ground for carpet beetles.
  • Make sure to inspect and clean any second-hand fabric based product you bring home. Rugs, clothing, quilts and other items can transport carpet beetles into your home
  • Get your carpets, rugs and upholstery professional cleaned on a regular basis to get rid of any deep down dirt that you wouldn’t be able to get with routine vacuuming.

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