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Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles

What is a Carpet Beetle?

Numerous types of beetles exist that can invade your home and wreak havoc, from just being a nuisance to eating holes in your upholstery and carpeting. One type of beetle that can become a problem is the carpet beetle.  They are brought in from the outdoors, but they enjoy munching on your carpeting indoors. Despite their name, if they get into your food, they will eat that as well. There are two varieties of carpeting beetles: black carpet beetles and varied common and furniture carpet beetles.

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What are Signs of Carpet Beetles?

The black beetles are black, oblong and vary in size, sometimes growing up to 3/16" in length. Varied, common and furniture carpet beetles all tend to be more oval in shape, but they have different wing color patterns and are generally the same size as black carpet beetles– 1/8" to 3/16". All species of carpet beetles go through complete metamorphosis from egg to larvae to pupae to adult. If you see something hairy, tan and white striped, you've just encountered their larvae, which is now big enough to dine on your carpeting and rugs.

How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles?

Before you can spray for insects, you need to de-clutter your home by removing piles of clothing and anything else the larvae may feast off of. You'll need to vacuum clean your carpet and furniture daily. You should find their nest to remove it from your home. Now, you can begin the process of getting rid of them. In fact, you can win the war against pests using Scram Crawling Insect Killer, a way to rid your home of beetles without the harmful chemicals most bug killers are comprised of. In fact, Scram is all natural and is effective within 48 hours of a beetle coming in contact with it. Don't forget to remove bird nests from outside your home because they can be where the carpet beetles reside.