Top Signs of a Carpet Beetle Infestation

Top Signs of a Carpet Beetle InfestationDespite their name. carpet beetles can be found all over a home feasting on wool products, furs, feathers, pet hair, felt, lint and other items that are made from animal hair and skins. Some species of carpet beetle can be found in stored foods, pet food and living in pantries. It is not generally adult carpet beetles feeding in your home, it's their hairy, brown larvae that you'll find throughout the house. Adults try to make their way outside to feast on plants. If you notice any of these signs of carpet beetles in your home be sure to contact a professional pest control team for further analysis and removal.

Bare Spots in Wool Products

One of the most common items carpet beetles munch on are wool or wool blend rugs. While it can be very difficult to see the larvae with a naked eye, you'll know they are there when spots on your rug become thin or loose. Outside of rugs you're likely to find damage, such as holes, to wool clothing or blankets.

Bald Areas of Furs

If you have animal products in your home outside of wool keep an eye on them for bald spots. Carpet beetle larvae will feed on trophy heads, taxidermied animals, furs, or even bristle brushes. The bald spots will appear because the larvae munch on the base of the hairs, causing them to fall.

Larva Skins

As the larvae grow they will shed their skin several times and leave clearish casings. They are likely to accumulate in areas where feeding occurs. The most common places you'll find them are under rugs, under furniture or in areas where pet hair and lint collects.

Spotting a Carpet Beetle

As the larvae mature into adults in the springtime they will do everything they can to make their way outside so they can mate. To do so they tend to migrate toward light. If beetles are present you'll likely spot them on walls or window sills where the sun shines.

Adult beetles are less than 1/8th of an inch long and are oval in shape. Adults will usually have colored spots that are red, orange, yellow, brown, black or white, or in some cases they'll be solid black, but you'll generally need a magnifying glass to see them clearly. Whether you've found evidence of carpet beetle larvae or spotted adults call Direct Hit Pest Control for carpet beetle removal in Sacramento or the neighboring communities to ensure they don't cause any more trouble in your home. Our team of pest control professionals can develop a plan to remove the beetles from your home or office once and for all. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert Sacramento pest control team give us a call at (916) 992-6870 today!

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