Carpet beetles are among the most destructive and invasive insects. In the adult stage, these creepy critters are either black or a combination of tan, white, and black. You’ll need to act fast once you have identified a carpet beetle, because these pests can be pretty dangerous, compared to other types of beetles you’ll encounter in the household. This is because they’ll devour anything and everything.
Unfortunately for us carpet beetles often don’t stay in the carpet. They generally like to inhabit areas that are dark, so they regularly can be found in cupboards, pantries, dressers, couches, around dust bunnies and if you have pets they can also be found amongst shed fur.
What to do before treatment
When working out how to get rid of carpet beetles, you should first give your home a deep clean.
- Start by thoroughly vacuuming throughout your home. This should remove carpet beetles and larvae from your carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture. Don’t forget to throw away the contents of your vacuum cleaner in an outside bin, so that it prevents them returning. Also consider steam cleaning to give you a better chance of getting rid of them.
- Washing all your clothes and sheets on a hot cycle with detergent is recommended, even if the carpet beetles haven’t been in contact with them. They are stubborn little critters so a hot, soapy wash should help.
- If you’ve identified holes in your jumpers, you’ll be wanting to throw them out, but it’s important to toss any infested fabrics in the outdoor rubbish because if you keep them you can’t truly eliminate the infestation.
There are many chemical treatments that are available to get rid of pests. But sometimes it’s best to use household friendly organic pest control methods to rid your home of carpet beetles.
- Essential oils are natural deterrents. Peppermint oil and clove oil diluted with water is a cheap and natural carpet beetle killer. Spray it in areas where you suspect beetles or larvae activity. Most essential oils that deter carpet beetles do not stain and will not affect your carpets or furniture, although dark colour oils like jasmine and yellowish oils like patchouli and tangerine can leave stains.
- Vinegar repels carpet beetles, because they hate the scent. Use a mixture of white or apple cider vinegar and water to clean areas where carpet beetle larvae can be found.
- Another natural deterrent is a fine white dust called diatomaceous earth. This dust that is found in the earth’s surface kills the carpet beetles and the larvae that crawl on it. It is ver versatile and can often be used for other insects such as fleas and bed bugs. Be sure to get food-grade diatomaceous earth, which is low in crystalline silica and is considered safe for you.
If all else fails our teams at YourLocal have years of experience and knowledge on insect extermination. We provide effective and long-lasting results that will ensure that your carpet beetle issues are taken care of for good.