Published on: October 30, 2014
THIS WINTER…DON’T GET CAUGHT UP WITH CARPET BEETLES AND CHRISTMAS!
Pulled Out Your Wool Sweaters or Scarves?
Wool-lined Gloves or Slippers? To Keep Yourself Warm in the Winter Months?
Cast Your Eyes on your Favorite Articles of “Cozy Clothing” to Find a Horror Show of Little Holes Where They Should Not Be??
If You Did, The Culprit Might Just Be
This little creature works its way in the darkness and quietness of your closets, dresser drawers, area rugs, mattresses, and anywhere where they can feed and re-cycle on non-synthetic fabrics, wool, wool threads in old waffle-carpet pads, and the remains of dead insects and animals in your home. The stage of the carpet beetle that does all the work in ruining your clothing or other woolen fabrics is the larva stage. Adult Carpet Beetles do not feed on clothing. Carpet Beetle larva wander around actively and can be found on the walls or floors almost anywhere in your home, and look for food. If you also have a dead animal someplace in your attic, crawlspace or even in a wall void that has been there for awhile, you may find these creatures in your home.
Carpet Beetles or Clothes Moths?
Clothes Moths do not like LIGHT at all! They despise and avoid it. Moth Larvae leave silk webbing on the surface. They Carpet Beetle does not. The Carpet Beetle will leave a powdery fecal matter on the surface and shed their outer skin as they grow. They presence of these hairy little skins is a true sign that the culprit is not a clothes moth, but the infamous carpet beetle as your home intruder.
THINK LIKE A BUG
Carpet Beetles feed on anything that was originally covered with an animal’s skin, hair or feathers, or wool. They can also infest many of the foods in your pantry that are grain-based. These pests are very adaptable on feeding on many different foods and fabric. Bewareof the areas in your home these pests may be wandering doing damage:
- Dead bugs on window tracks and window sills.
- Attics where wasps nest form.
- Dead mice, birds, under your home, in a crawl space or attic.
- Build up of lint which has lots of wool – behind your clothes dryer.
- Under the refrigerator where pieces of food get hidden.
- Old food packages made from grains.
- Wool sweaters, slippers, gloves, carpets, blankets, felt lamp pads, felt pool tables.
- Feathers in flower or decorative picture arrangements, dried flower arrangements, bird nests, bird feathers.
- Pet snacks, pet food, dog biscuits.
- Shed hair from pets, stuff animal mounts, brushes, brooms, or coats.
During the summer months, carpet beetles will find their way into your home through window and open doors. Certain scents and odors will lure them in. Once in your home, they will look for a place to lay eggs. The female carpet beetle will lay 50 to 100 eggs on surfaces she feels will provide good food for her larva when they hatch. You can find pockets of larva or adults nesting in a piece of furniture, upstairs in your closet or deep in your carpets. Once the larva feeds, they will move somewhere else to pupate. They won’t move far, but they usually won’t stay in the clothes either. This makes it hard to find every place they may be residing.
Carpet beetles are active in small areas in several areas of your home. They tend to be active in hidden areas. They feed and nest out of sight. They tend to be discovered because of the damage they do after they are present for awhile. Larva and adult carpet beetles are easily killed if treated. Their eggs and pupa,
although, can hatch after treatment and establish a population again. It is important to treat your home at least two times and in many cases as many as four times, depending on the infestation. For these reasons, carpet beetle infestations can be difficult.
Don’t let your lovely wool sweater fall victim to these tiny black pests!
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