Recently we were called to a property in Charlestown for what the occupant thought was a bed bug infestation. On closer inspection we determined that the pest in question was Carpet Beetle. The occupant of the home was pleased for two reasons, 1. Bed bug treatments can be expensive and they cause levels of discomfort for obvious reasons and 2, They had an answer for why the carpets were being damaged. To the untrained person there may be some similarities between the two pests. There are however, significant differences between the life cycle stages and damage caused which is why it is crucial to ensure that you contact a professional pest manager to ensure the correct pest is identified and the correct treatment method is formulated.
Carpet Beetle Characteristics
Carpet beetles are quite a significant pest and can cause a lot of damage to carpets and other similar materials. You can see from the photos taken at the site the amount of damage caused to the carpet at this home.
These insects have a preference for materials of animal origin and can attack a wide range of materials. They can feed on wool, clothes, fabrics, felts, silk, fibre type insulation material even dried insects and animal carcasses.
Infestations can lead to significant damage. Signs that confirm this pest’s activity range from sightings of damaged materials, sand-like larval droppings, bristly caste skins and live larvae. The pictures taken from our customer’s property show some clear evidence of their presence. Sometimes the presence of crawling and flying adult beetles can indicate infestation.
- Vacuuming or cleaning carpets, rugs, soft furnishings and upholstered furniture should be done regularly and thoroughly. When vacuuming you need to pay attention to carpet edges adjacent to skirting boards and areas that are covered with furniture. If these areas are neglected, as they often are then dust, hair, skin, pet fur and the like will accumulate and these areas are often the sites of infestation.
- Cut flowers pose an issue and is a very common way that carpet beetle enter the home. If you are bringing cut flowers in, inspect them to ensure that they do not harbour any carpet beetles.
- Before storing clothes that are out of season ensure they are thoroughly cleaned and stored in a tight plastic bag prior to storage.
- Exclude rodents and birds from your property. These insects are commonly found within bird nests and on rat carcasses.
How to get rid of Carpet Beetles
Prior to treatment we will ask you to ensure that furniture is moved so the areas underneath can be inspected. Vacuuming is extremely important prior to treatment, this process removes different lifecycle stages ensuring more effective control. It is important if vacuuming an infestation that you appropriately discard the contents of the vacuum as to not cause re-infestation.
Inspection is key, we will inspect all possible areas of infestation. Some may be obvious as pictured above, and some areas less obvious. Missing the less obvious may cause issues and service calls. It is also necessary to inspect the roof void. Insulation materials can be infested by carpet beetle we have seen many cases first-hand where roof voids completely infested with these pests.
Once all feeding areas are fully identified, a number of insecticides can be used such as surface sprays, space sprays and dusts depending on the area being treated. Chemicals must be used carefully to ensure they make contact with the insect.
If you need help with Carpet Beetles or any other pest issue, contact Amalgamated Pest Control Newcastle for a Guaranteed Gone solution.