Carpet Beetle Larvae Infestation
Carpet Beetle infestations can be a problem if you have natural wool carpets. If you find you have a carpet beetle infestation you should take time to inspect your carpets. You should be checking for carpet beetle larvae. These are also know as wooly bears. The larvae are textile pests, which means they will eat natural fibers. If they are left then they will eat away at your carpet and over time cause visible damage.
What am I looking for.
Carpet beetle (variegated carpet beetle is correct name) are a small blue and brown looking beetle. Once you have seen it then it is very recognisable in the future. The carpet beetle larvae or wooly bears as they are known are strange looking.
How do I know I have a carpet beetle infestation
You can identify a possible carpet beetle infestation in several ways. Firstly you may see a collection of dead carpet beetles on window seals. They head towards the natural light and then when they cant get out they collect at the window. You may also have a visual sighting of a wooly bear either in the carpet pile or moving across a hard surface. Carpet beetle larvae can move very quickly as shown in the clip below. Pest-Tech carry out carpet beetle treatments in Maidstone and across Kent.
How have i got carpet beetle larvae.
Carpet beetle are attracted to natural cut flowers. This can be as simple as having the window open with a bunch of flowers in the house. But often it will be more complicated than that. Carpet beetle larvae is often found in birds nests and if you have nesting birds in your loft or roof space this may be the cause. A recent job we took on found the source to be an old wasp nest. A wasps nest is made from wood pulp which is a natural fiber.
How do I get rid of an infestation
Variegated carpet beetle are extremely difficult to get rid of if you don’t find the source. Sometimes it can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The treatment required to eradicate this pest problem is normally delivered by a professional pest controller. If you are experiencing activity after removal of the source is a residual chemical treatment. Pest-Tech Ltd can certainly help you with this if required. There are other non chemical options available if required.
If you need further help or advise on dealing with Carpet Beetles, then contact us to find out more or take a look at our page.