Have you noticed holes appearing in things around the house like clothes, carpets, soft furnishings, and even paperwork? Or spotted small dark insects with ladybug-like spots on their back? A yes to either question means you probably have some unwelcome lodgers in the form of carpet beetles.
Despite their name these creatures feed on anything from fibers and feathers to hair and food crumbs and they are incredibly destructive. They are attracted into homes because they are warmer and safer than being outside, and of course, there are so endless food sources, on tap.
Rest assured that to a carpet beetle living in your home is like squatting at the Hilton hotel with access to a 24/7 buffet, so they aren’t ever going to be in any rush to vacate the premises!
Keep reading to learn how to remove carpet beetles forever from your home.
How to get rid of carpet beetles
This really calls for a two-stage strategy; the first being to deal with the immediate problem, followed immediately by an action plan to greatly reduce the risk of a similar issue in the future.
- Start by cleaning all the obvious problem areas. Vacuum all rugs and carpets, as you cannot be sure how far they have traveled around the house.
- Steam clean carpets and rugs if you can, or sprinkle Boric acid over them and leave it for a few hours before vacuuming it up. (Keeping animals and children away from each room as you do this.) Boric acid will kill any stragglers for sure.
- Use a commercial beetle killer to spray the edges of carpets and other hard to clean areas.
- Thoroughly clean sofas and chairs, removing cushions and washing any covers that are removable in hot water. Remove and clean curtains too.
- Wash all clothes, towels and bed linen after examining for damage or lingering beetles.
Making your home beetle unfriendly is not difficult.
- Store linen and clothes not worn regularly in tightly sealed plastic bags, but be sure they are properly clean first as body skin and stray hairs attract the pests.
- Clean out the loft, discarding old carpet offcuts or anything else that is tasty to a beetle.
- Check there are no old bird nests, dead birds, or debris such feathers hanging around guttering or eaves.
- Clean the entire house regularly and thoroughly, and avoid leaving food debris/crumbs on floors to reduce a beetle’s possible food sources.
- If safe to do so [for children and pets] there are traps you can place around the house in difficult to reach areas. This would kill any random beetles which try to get in.
If you do have another beetle problem after trying several of these solutions and prevention techniques it’s probably best to hire professionals to come in and treat the house with specialist chemicals; as the only other solution would be to replace carpets with another type of flooring, and all natural fibers and linens with man-made ones!