Carpet Beetles: What to look for and how to stop them

Carpet Beetles What to look for and how to stop them

How to Control Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles are tiny pests that can cause damage to carpets, furniture, and clothing in your home. While they don’t pose a direct threat to humans, they can be a nuisance and cause significant damage.

They are small, oval-shaped insects that range in size from 1/16 to 1/8 inch long and can be black, brown, or a combination of both, with a distinctive pattern.


One of the most effective ways to get rid of carpet beetles is by vacuuming your carpets, furniture, and curtains. This will help to remove any eggs, larvae, or adult beetles that may be hiding there. Make sure to inspect the floor and pick up any objects that could be infested, such as clothing or blankets.

Laundering and Cleaning

Regular laundering and vacuuming can help to battle carpet beetles. Wash everything in warm water to kill any remaining larvae, or eggs. Additionally, it’s important to remove any food sources that may be attracting carpet beetles.

Chemical Treatment

While sanitation and cleaning are the best methods to control carpet beetles, chemical treatment may be needed. Before proceeding in this direction, it’s important to contact a local pest control company to give you on the best course of action.

How to Know if You Have Carpet Beetles: Signs to Look For

Carpet beetles are small, oval-shaped insects. They are black or brown, with some having distinct paterns. They can be difficult to detect as they are very small, but there are a number of signs you can look for.

Damage to fibrous materials

There are several types of materials the larvae feed on, including wool, silk, fur, feathers, and even synthetic materials. Look for small, irregular holes in clothing, carpets, and other fibrous materials, as well as evidence of frass (fecal pellets) and shed skins.

Spotting a single carpet beetle

While it may seem like a minor issue, it is important to take action quickly to prevent an infestation. Carpet beetles may be found crawling on walls or windowsills near sources of light. Look for small, oval-shaped insects.

Damage to fibrous materials

Carpet beetle larvae can cause damage to a variety of materials, including wool, rugs, and garments. Look for bald spots on carpets and rugs, as well as signs of damage to clothing.

Beetle larvae skins

As carpet beetle larvae grow and molt, they leave behind their skins (exoskeletons).

Look for small, brownish shells or skins near damaged fibrous materials.

Bald areas of the carpet

Carpet beetle larvae feed on the fibers of carpets and rugs, which can cause bald areas. Look for small, irregularly-shaped holes in the carpet, as well as areas where the fibers have been worn away.

Fecal pellets

Carpet beetle larvae produce small, pellet-shaped feces that can be found near areas where they have been feeding. Look for small, brownish pellets near damaged fibrous materials.

How to prevent a carpet beetle infestation

  • Keep your home clean: Regularly vacuum and dust to prevent any buildup of hair, lint, or debris that could attract carpet beetles.
  • Store clothing and linens properly: Store clothing and linens in sealed plastic bags or containers.
  • Dispose of infested items: If you notice any signs of a carpet beetle infestation, such as damage to clothing or carpets, dispose of the infested items.
  • Use mothballs or cedar: Mothballs and cedar can help repel carpet beetles. Place them in closets, drawers, and storage containers.
  • Seal cracks and gaps: Seal any openings in your walls, windows, and doors to prevent entry.
  • Keep your home dry: Carpet beetles thrive in moist environments. Fix any leaks in your plumbing or roof, and use a dehumidifier if necessary.
  • Use insecticides: Insecticides can be effective in controlling carpet beetles. Hire a professional to use them in areas where carpet beetles are likely to hide, such as carpets, clothing, and furniture.

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