- Found ‘bald patches’ in the carpet?
- Not sure how they got there?
- Could you have carpet beetles?
Again, like many other insects, carpet beetles present nothing more than a frustrating nuisance, as well as a huge amount of displeasure at their chewing through an expensive carpet or rug. They present no significant health hazard although the ‘woolly bears’, the hairy larvae that can be found in some carpets, can cause a rash in those people allergic to their hair. This is rare, but not unheard of.
Identifying carpet beetles
The first step we take when we assess a possible infestation of carpet beetle is to check that it is actually the beetle, and not a moth or other insect. Some insects cause similar damage but require different treatments, so getting the identification process right is essential.
Carpet beetles tend to lay their eggs in dark, undisturbed places – under furniture is ideal. They will also choose any material that contain a high proportion of natural fibres too, so don’t assume that because your carpet is not all wool, that it cannot be affected.
Treatments for carpet beetles vary but in the main, an insecticide will need to be applied to all carpets, rugs and soft furnishings. Different brands of insecticides will need to then be treated differently; some work by breaking the life cycle and may need to be left for a number of days in order to work, followed by a ‘deep’ and thorough clean.
Does a carpet beetle infestation need a professional pest controller?
Here at West Wales Pest Control Services, we deal with all kinds of infestations and pest issues on a daily basis. This means we have the methods, tools and skills to be able to deal quickly and effectively with all kinds of issues; if you discover carpet beetles, don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies – get expert help and advice NOW!