Carpet Beetles: Nasty Creatures that Damage Carpets… and Your Health

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carpet beetleThink of carpets and images of fine, comfortable rugs immediately come to mind. Chances are you are also imagining the feeling of softness under your feet with each step, and a surface that is pleasing to the eyes.

This feeling of home, however, may end up being superficial. Take a look below the surface, and you might be in for a surprise: nasty, crawly critters called carpet beetles.

Experts from CarpetBright UK say that carpet beetles spell trouble in many ways, especially when it comes to health. This is why it is important to practice good housekeeping to keep these pests out of your home.

Meet the Crawly Critter Lurking in Your Carpet

Carpet beetles typically measure an eighth of an inch in length. A common pest in homes, they thrive in colder and more humid climates. The black carpet beetle is the most common type of pest that causes damage to carpet fibres; it has an oval shape and a solid colour.

The creature’s larval phase is the most critical stage; it is when it is most destructive. The larvae feed on clothing and other materials, such as leather and wool. They damage carpets, usually lurking in long and thick carpet fibres as these provide greater food supply and are a better hiding place for them. Although it feeds primarily on carpets, the larvae can also damage clothing and upholstered furniture.

Beyond the possible irreparable damage to carpets, however, carpet beetles also pose a major health risk. Dermatologists have identified cases of dermatitis caused by contact with carpet beetles. Patients experience itching, rashes and irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract.

Prevent Pesky Pests

Carpet beetles thrive outdoors, but they can enter your home through small openings around doors and windows, or through electrical lines and pipes. They are attracted to wool, including carpets and rugs, and food deposits, skin cells and other debris left in your mats.

Good housekeeping is the most effective way to keep carpet beetles from your home. Make sure to clean and vacuum your carpet thoroughly and regularly. Cleaning does not just eliminate the smells that attract beetles, but also kills eggs or larvae that may be present.

Your home should not be a home to pesky pests, like carpet beetles. Protect your fine rugs and carpets—and most especially your health by keeping your home pest-free.

Readers Comments (3)

  1. Randy S. Williams July 30, 2015 @ 11:29 am

    I’ve been cleaning my house for days now, and i recently found some bugs in my closet… i think they’re carpet beetles. I’m worried about the oriental rugs i kept in the closet. should i wash these myself or call a professional cleaner?

  2. Carpet beetles are the worst. We had them last year, we called an exterminator to get rid of them. Sadly, my favourite rugs also had to go… tragedy.

  3. Imogene J. Pellegrino July 30, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

    What’s the best way to clean carpets??? I have these annoying wine stains I badly want to get rid of… Is baking soda and vinegar really effective??

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