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Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetles, which belong to the family of beetles known as dermestids, are pests in warehouses, homes, museums, and other locations where suitable food exists. In California, three species of carpet beetles cause serious damage to fabrics, carpets, furs, stored food, and preserved specimens—the varied carpet beetle, the furniture carpet beetle, and the black carpet beetle.

IDENTIFICATION AND LIFE CYCLE

All three carpet beetle species have similar life cycles (Table 1). Adults lay eggs on a larval food source such as woolen fabric or carpets or furs. Eggs hatch in about two weeks and the larvae feed for varying periods, depending upon the species and environmental conditions; they prefer dark, secluded places. When ready to pupate, the larvae might burrow further into the food or wander and burrow elsewhere. They might also pupate within their last larval skin if no other shelter is available. Although larvae don’t make webs as clothes moths do, their shed skins and fecal pellets, which are about the size of a grain of salt, make it obvious where they have been feeding.

Carpet beetle adults don’t feed on fabrics but seek out pollen and nectar. They are attracted to sunlight, and you’ll often find them feeding on the flowers of crape myrtle, spiraea, buckwheat, and other plants that produce abundant pollen. However, you can accidentally bring these pests inside on items such as cut flowers. With their rounded bodies and short antennae, carpet beetles somewhat resemble lady beetles in shape.

varied carpet beetle

Carpet Beetles are Pretty Up Close But Not Good For Your Home

-heard on a train somewhere

How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles?
I Think I Have Carpet Beetles And Carpet Beetle Larvae In My Room. Would A Bomb Blaster Be Effective Enough To Kill Them?

Identify the source if you want to get rid of carpet beetles. Look for fecal pellets and the shed skins of the larva. Also look for holes in fabrics. Carpet Beetles tend to feed in dark, secluded areas like closets, drawers, basements, in between walls and insulation, attics, and storage boxes. You may want to check under carpets and rugs, pick up couches and large pieces of furniture and inspect those thoroughly as well. If you've seen one of the Carpet Beetles shown in the sidebar to your left, search your home up and down until you find the source of the infestation.

Immediately and directly remove the carpet beetles with a vacuum. This should be the first thing you do to get rid of Carpet Beetles. Just go ahead and suck those suckers right up. Make sure to get their babies too; they're the hairy little caterpillar looking type things. The larva are the stage of the Carpet Beetle that is most harmful to fabrics. How do you think they grow up to be such pretty little beetles? They gotta eat!

Wash your fabrics in hot, soapy water to make sure you get rid of carpet beetles, their larva, and their eggs. Like many pests that feed on animal waste (by waste, I mean remains), Carpet Beetle eggs are incredibly resilient. You'll need to get all of the clothes and fabrics you think are infested into hot water and soap right away. Hell, use the pre-wash just to make sure you get everything. If you're dealing with a rug or a carpet, you'll want to hire a steam cleaner from your local hardware store or have a professional come in and do the job for you.

If you want to kill carpet beetles and keep them out, try dusting with boric acid. Boric acid is great stuff. It kills just about any insect that comes into contact with it, yet it's almost completely harmless to humans. I wouldn't eat a spoonful of it to prove my point, but trust me, this is the stuff you want to use if you don't like chemicals. Boric acid is a naturally occurring compound mined in primarily in the Southwest of the U.S.A. The only thing you want to watch out for is the possibility that you might end up bleaching the fabrics you're treating with boric acid. Boric acid makes whites whiter, you know what I'm saying?

Carpet treatments that contain chlorpyrifos, bendiocarbs, and allethrin are effective at getting rid of carpet beetles. Let's just say for the time being that ridding your home of Carpet Beetles and keeping those beetles out is your number one priority. There are a number of Carpet Beetle carpet treatments on the market. Just make sure you find a spray or dust that is explicitly labeled for use against Carpet Beetles. However, don't be surprised that HAZMAT suits aren't included with your purchase.

Did Anyone Ever Have Carpet Beetle Larvae?
So Recently I Have Discovered Carpet Larvae Throughout My Home. They Are Absolutely Disgusting And They Have Also Ate Some Of My Clothes. We Are Getting And Exterminator But I Can Not Afford To Have Any Of The Larvae In My Clothes Especially That I Found Some In My Drawer Under My Clothes. Well Unfortunately I Cannot Throw All My Expensive Clothes Out Don'T Have Enough Money For A New Wardrobe So I Decided To Wash All Of Our Clothes. What Would Be The Best Way To Wash Them? I Know They Say Bleach And Hot Water But I Cant Do That On Colored Clothes And I Also Heard That Dry Cleaning Would Be The Best But That Would Cost Way Too Much Cause We Have So Many Clothes. Any Other Suggestions?

Carpet Beetle Control

Immediately and directly remove the carpet beetles with a vacuum.

Wash your fabrics in hot, soapy water to make sure you get rid of carpet beetles, their larva, and their eggs.
Like many pests that feed on animal waste (by waste, I mean remains), Carpet Beetle eggs are incredibly resilient. You'll need to get all of the clothes and fabrics you think are infested into hot water and soap right away. Use the pre-wash to make sure you get everything. If you're dealing with a rug or a carpet, you'll want to hire a steam cleaner from your local hardware store or have a professional come in and do the job for you.

If you want to kill carpet beetles and keep them out, try dusting with boric acid. Boric acid is great stuff. It kills just about any insect that comes into contact with it, yet it's almost completely harmless to humans. I wouldn't eat a spoonful of it to prove my point, but trust me, this is the stuff you want to use if you don't like chemicals.


Because the Carpet Beetle is such a resilient pest, especially its eggs,

professional removal of a Carpet Beetle infestation may be necessary.

Hope you get rid of it fast !!
Good Luck !!

Carpet Beetle Larvae In My Sock?
While I Was Cleaning Out My Drawer Full Of Socks I Found An Alive Beetle Larvae In One Of Them! I'M Really Paranoid When I Find A Bug In My Room So I Was Wondering If There Are More Of These Around My Socks. If You Find One Of These, Does That Mean There Are Others Or You Can Sometimes Find On By Itself? I Don'T Want To Be Freaked Out While Handling My Other Socks. Thanks.

The larvae of carpet beetles are about a ¼ inch long and look like a brown caterpillar covered with short bristles. They prefer dark, secluded places like closets, attics or the spaces behind walls, under floors and your "socks."
The larvae of carpet beetles move around from room to room, so the source of an infestation can be difficult to locate and treat. The best way to treat for carpet beetles is to keep areas clean of animal hair, dust, old spider webs or soiled fabrics. Carpet beetle larvae really like that stuff. Vacuum frequently with a beater-bar vacuum cleaner to eliminate eggs lying in the carpets. Eliminating food sources is the best way of preventing carpet beetles, but identifying where they are coming from is the first step in getting rid of an existing infestation.
Carpet beetles originate from an old bird's nest or dead animal hidden behind a wall. Old cereal in boxes or other grains can be good food sources for carpet beetles, too. Adult carpet beetles can be brought into the house on cut flowers. Finding molted shed skins that look like the larva of the beetle, but crusty and brittle, can help you to locate where the beetles are feeding.
If you discover carpet beetle damage on clothing you will need to do a thorough house cleaning including emptying, vacuuming and treating dressers, closets or other storage areas with prescribed pesticides. You need to kill the eggs, larva, and adult forms of the insect to get control. Roughly brush the clothing to kill eggs. Avoid spraying pesticides on clothing, of course. When storing fabrics, seal them in air tight containers and add moth balls or resin strips to keep beetles out and to kill larvae. Resin strips must be used in airtight places so the pesticide can build up in the air, if there is a leak the larvae can survive and keep on feeding. A negative about using mothballs is that everyone within a hundred feet of you will know you are coming before you get there. Same problem with putting clothing in cedar closets. The smell announces your entrance .
If you aren't sure that it is carpet beetles damaging your belongings you can purchase carpet beetle traps from various on-line web sites. Placing traps around the house will help you determine where the carpet beetles are coming from.
Carpet beetle feeding patterns are similar to clothes moths, but carpet beetles generally feed on one large area rather than leaving many small holes. Sometimes carpet beetles will eat objects you wouldn't expect like the felt and hammer inside a piano. The beetles also will eat stuffed animals or the horns of mounted animals. Museums with animals on display often have this problem.
If you want to eliminate carpet beetles but don't want to fumigate or use pesticides then you can freeze infested objects for two weeks or heat the object for thirty minutes at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously, these solutions will only work on smaller objects. If it's your carpet that is infested you have little choice, but to treat yourself or call in a professional pest control company to do the work.

What Attracts Carpet Beetles?
I Need To Know So That I Wont Get Them Anymore....

That is like saying you don't want to ever have a house fly inside, carpet beetles are about as common...they are quite common in the warm weather months in gardens, the adults feed on pollen so if you bring in fresh flowers there is a good chance carpet beetles are brought in.. items made of fur and hair (wool) along with silk will have oils that attract the adult to lay eggs...the only carpets that will be attacked are wool ones and usually only if the wool is not from America or Australia...animal hair rugs are targets, usually ones from third world countries. What will help is after cleaning garment that may attract them, store them in air tight containers...have oriental rugs and tapestries professionally cleaned every couple of years. Make sure there is not a build up of people or pet hair in areas the vacuum cleaner can not reach.

Are These Carpet Beetles?
I Think I Might Have Carpet Beetles In My Bedroom. When Ever I Clean Up I Find Little Brown Bugs That Shed Their Skin In My Carpet And On Stuffed Animals That Were On The Ground. Are These Carpet Beetles? How Do I Get Rid Of Them? Please Help!!!! They Give Me They Give Me The Creeps!!! Thanks

Yes. I definitely think that those are carpet beetles. I had a similar situation in my room where I stored a lot of old clothes and old items, and I found small fuzzy insects. I found these tips online on a recommended website...
- Ensuring that your clothes receive fresh air and occasional sunlight will help prevent carpet beetle infestations.
- Keeping expensive clothes encased in plastic is a great way to avoid carpet beetles from destroying your clothes.
- If you suspect carpet beetles in your closet, wash all clothes in soapy hot water.
- Spreading boric acid powders on the carpet and furniture can also help get rid of carpet beetles.
- Still seeing carpet beetles around your home? Call in a professional pest exterminator and have them gone today!

Where Do Carpet Beetles Originate?
About Half A Month Ago I Found That My Room Had Been Ransacked By Carpet Beetles. I Removed Everything And Scrupulously Cleaned My Room, Making Sure To Spray Surfaces With Pronto Bug Killer And Fogging My Room With A Fumigator. I Was Totally Sure They Were Gone Until I Just Recently Discovered Another. Where Are They Coming From? Why Don'T They Die? What Can I Do?

carpet beetles are as common as house flies...this time of year they can easily be brought into the home on fresh flowers or by having windows or doors left open. Chances are they are in a protected bunch of clothing, such as if you had a stack of folded sweaters sitting on a closet shelf and removed the stack to clean and treat the closet, then replaced the stack back on the shelving, you may of put the beetles right back where they started from undisturbed. If by chance you have had some of the older generation rat baits thrown up in the attic, they can be feeding off of that, thus creating an endless supply of carpet beetle coming down from the attic. They could be coming from a source that you are just not cleaning..under furniture..under high baseboards..in the folds of the mattress or other furniture where you'res or pet hair has accumulated.

Carpet Beetle Larvae In My Bed?
Hey Everyone I Just Found One Carpet Beetle Larvae Under My Sheets! Do You Think That There Are More? How Do I Get Rid Of Them? Thanks!

Carpet beetles like to lay eggs in carpets and other fabrics. The larvae can be very damaging, creating holes in fabric. They will also invade leather and food.

1. Once they lay eggs, the adults will try to get outside, and you will see them at windows and possibly at doors, if light shows through the door jambs.

2. Find out where they are laying their eggs. You will need to know this before you can attempt to get rid of them. Once you find where they are laying their eggs, vacuum every day. Make sure you vacuum your furniture.

3. Get rid of piles of clothes or other materials the larvae can feed on. Thoroughly clean bedding left down for your pets. Most pet beds are washable.

When you remove the eggs and larvae, the adult carpet beetles have no reason to come inside. Carpet beetles are not difficult to control, as they are easy to get rid of. Until you get rid of them, you will have a hard time keeping them out of the house. Close up any area where carpet beetles may be entering your home to prevent further infestations. Check areas such as the attic or partially open windows for entrance points.

More:
http://blog.ecosmart.com/index.php/2010/...

Carpet Beetle Or Bed Bug Larvae?
Ok So Im Kindof Really Freaked Out. I Have Two Cats, And For The Past Couple Of Nights If Been Getting Itchy Spots When I Lay Down In My Bed...And It Was Only When They Were Around. So I Assumed They Had Brought Fleas In And Since Its Winter They Might Be Hiding Out Somewhere. So I Started To Look Around To Make Sure I Didnt Have A Problem And I Found And Picked Up This Robe That Had Fallen Down Between My Bed And The Wall, And There Were These Little Larvae All In It. They Are Really Tiny...Quite A Bit Smaller Than My Pinky Nail, And They Are Cream And Dark Brown Striped...They Also Look Pretty Fuzzy. Now I Look It Up And The Picture That Looked Like Them Said Carpet Beetles, But Im So Scared I Have Bed Bugs!! I Have Like 30 Stuffed Animals At The End Of My Bed And I Started To Look Through Them And Found Some More. Its Creeping My Out Cause Its Not Like Im A Dirt Person And It Seems Like They Just Came Out Of No Where. So What Can I Do To Make Sure They Are Gone For Good??? I Have No Carpet In My House (Just Wood Floor And Tile), So The Only Place They Could Be Is In And Around My Bed And Stuffed Animals. Im In The Process Of Washing All The Stuffed Animals, Will That Kill Them?? And How Do I Make Sure They Arent In My Matress?? Please Help, This Is So Disgusting 🙁

Carpet beetle
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Bed Bugs The larvae are very small and clear. After feeding, bed bug larvae can resemble small drops of fresh blood.
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Carpet beetle controls include eliminating the beetles by cleaning or destroying infested items (clothing, food products, etc.). Often, the source may be difficult to find or there may not be a single source. A major part of carpet beetle prevention and control is thorough vacuum cleaning to prevent the accumulation of lint, hair, and other carpet beetle food materials. Clean up or eliminate the source of infestation. Good housekeeping is as important in preventing carpet beetle and clothes moth infestations as it is in control. Your vacuum cleaner is often your best pest management tool. Pay close attention to areas where lint accumulates (corners, baseboards, shelves, etc.). Be sure to dispose of the contents of the vacuum cleaner bag after you clean. Clean or dispose of infested clothing, cloth, blankets and other fabrics. Freeze-treat small items such as ornaments and fur toys by placing them in the home freezer for a week. Periodic brushing and sunning of stored fabrics is helpful in prevention and control.
http://www.pestcontrolcanada.com/INSECTS...

Simple Ways to Kill Bedbugs:

1. Find bedbugs. Take to judge and have the death sentence read. Place bugs on judge's desk. Results are instant.

2. Find bedbugs. Remove bugs to safe place. Point spray can at bugs and push button. Almost anything will do. Paint, fry pan oil coating, oven cleaner, lubricating oil, hair spray, deodorant, toilet cleaner. The secret is to use enough that it stops the bugs from breathing. They suffocate. You do not need to purchase a magical bed bug spray to kill the bugs you find.

3. Find bedbugs. Brush into a pail of boiling hot water.

4. Find bedbugs: Suck them into your vacuum cleaner.
http://www.pestcontrolcanada.com/INSECTS/get_rid_of_bed_bugs.htm

Do Carpet Beetle Eggs Look Like Dandruff?
I Am Currently Struggling With A Carpet Beetle Infestation That Has Obviously Gone On For Quite Some Time. Most Of The Larvae Have Turned Into Adult Carpet Beetles And The Amount Of Adults Found Could Easily Translate To Thousands Of Eggs. Pictures And Description Of The Eggs Online Are Severely Lacking. It Took Me Quite Some Time To Even Identify The Pest In Larvae Or Adult Form Due To How Enlarged Images Are Online. I First Started Noticing The Presence Of Dandruff-Like White Specs On My Cat. She Doesn'T Have Fleas So I Figured She Had Developed A Dandruff Problem And Wasn'T Too Worried. I Am Seeing Them In More Places Now Though And, While They Could Really Just Be Dandruff Or Cat Litter Dust, I Am Very Nervous That They Might Be Eggs. They Are Quite Visible On My Black Sheets But Don'T Really Have Any Texture When Touched. The Only Comparison I Can Think Of Would Be A Speck Of Powdered Sugar. They Are Relatively Scattered And Lack A Concentration Point, But If They Are In Fact The Eggs I Am Frightened For My Ability To Control The Problem. Exterminators Are Very Expensive And Kind Of Out Of The Question, Especially Having Read So Many Stories Online Of People Hiring Exterminators That Were Unable To Eliminate The Problem. I Have Two Animals And It'S Not Worth Paying To Jeopardize Their Health For Something That May Not Even Work. I Don'T Have A Magnifying Glass, Nor Anything That Can Measure In Millimeters, And I Can'T Seem To Find A Description As To How The Eggs Would Look To A Naked Eye Since The General Consensus Is That They Won'T Be Found At All. Do These Dandruff Like Specks Of White Seem Likely To Have Anything To Do With The Carpet Beetle Problem? If So, Is There Anything I Can Do To Help My Cat Before They Hatch All Over Her?? They Don'T Brush Out Easily.

Carpet beetle eggs are white or cream in color and measure 1/4 to 1/2 mm in length. Eggs have spinelike projections visible at one end and are distinguished by their oval shape. They can be found near upholstered furniture, closets, air ducts and lint buildups. Because they blend into their environments, carpet beetle infestations are rarely identifiable before the larval stage.
You can read it here:

http://www.orkin.com/other/beetles/carpe...

You can check out carpet beetle egg pictures here:
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Do Carpet Beetles Attack Pets?

They bite "live" animal remains and products, like mounted animals, skins and fibers such as wool and silk. Not live animals.


The varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci, is common in California. The adult is about 1/10 inch long and black with an irregular pattern of white, brown, and dark yellow scales on its elytra (wing covers). In older adults the scales that form this pattern wear off so the beetles appear solid brown or black. Outdoors, female beetles search out spider webs and nests of bees, wasps, and birds in which to lay their eggs. The nests contain dead insects, beeswax, pollen, feathers, or other debris that can serve as larval food. Indoors, beetles deposit eggs on or near wool carpets and rugs, woolen goods, animal skins, furs, stuffed animals, leather book bindings, feathers, animal horns, whalebone, hair, silk, dried plant products, and other materials that can serve as larval food.

Black Carpet Beetles Pet Safe?
I Have Carpet Beetles. Will Carpet Cleaning Kill Them? If Not, What Should I Do To Get Rid Of Them That Is Pet Friendly.

I have had a major problem with black and variated carpet beetles and no matter what I did, they kept coming back! I don't want to buy bug spray because I have a 6 month old boy. Recently I went on a whim and started spraying down the baseboards with colgate pro health mouth wash since someone told me it works for bugs and then I did an experiment. I found a beetle escaping running across the kitchen floor so I sprayed him and he was running, running, running then fell over dead! I decided to add some lavender oil drops to the mix to make it smell nice. Then, I was cleaning the bedroom and I had found a carpet beetle larvae out of its hiding spot so I took it and put it into an empty container and sprayed it with mouth wash and took it out right away on a dry piece of paper and only after a few seconds, it was dead. Try mouth wash. So far it seems to be an effective way of killing them- all life stages. Since the stuff doesnt have alcohol and if you spray the baseboards only, it shouldn't be a problem as long as you don't make a pool of it.

Whats A Carpet Beetle?

A small beetle often found indoors, totally harmless, but considered a pest in numbers.
They range from black, to brown, to tan, the varied carpet beetle a light brown with cream color zig zag patterns. Sort of cute little bugs, a bit like very small lady beetles. Ones I see most often are the varied carpet beetles.
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They can be mistaken for bedbugs and vice versa.

Found 3 Carpet Beetles Within 2 Days Am I Infested?
I Clean Everyday All Day Vacuum All The Time So Why Do I Have These Carpet Beetles Could It Just Be That They Just Came Into My House Through Cracked Door Or Window Or Can I Possibly Be Infested Never Seen One Before Yesterday Since Last Year Please Someone Give Their Input I'M So Terrified At The Bugs And The Mere Thought That I Can B Infested Has Me Paranoid And I Can'T Sleep

Carpet beetles are as common as house flies, would think any home older than a few years it would be easy to find some...with your statement on you vacuuming so much I tend to think you believe they come from carpets. They usually come from various clothing stored in closets, they get their name carpet beetle from the early days a floor covering carpets were made from wool and other rugs were animal hair based, not so much the case these days. Best you can do is to clean all clothing made from wool, fur, silk and feather and then store them inside air tight containers if they are not worn regularly. When you do vacuum concentrate under furniture that rarely gets moved...routinely vacuum between mattresses and box springs as well as under furniture cushions. They can also infest pantry type foods that were made with animal oils along with the cheaper brands of rodent baits can be a source. When I come across homes that had these baits just thrown randomly through out the attic, there is not a lot to do that can stop them.

Are Carpet Beetles Really That Bad?
I'M Pretty Ocd About Bugs In My Home But Only Certain Ones. For Example, House Spiders Don'T Bother Me, But Large Ones Or Clearly Dangerous/Poisonous Ones Are Not Allowed! I'Ve Got Ladybugs That Get In All Over The Place. I Only Start Getting Rid Of Them If The Numbers Get Overwhelming But I Know They'Ll Die Off Come Winter. I Can'T Stand The Thought Of Lice, Fleas, Cockroaches, Or Bedbugs. But, In The Past Month I'Ve Seen 2 Furniture/Carpet Beetle Larva Actually Just Hanging Out And Crawling On The Wall. Normally 2 Bugs Wouldn'T Indicate An Infestation As Far As I Know But Even If There Were More, Is There A Reason That Every Time I Google It Pest Control Comes Up? What'S The Big Deal With Them? They Seem Pretty Harmless.

Carpet beetles are like ladybugs, totally harmless to humans, but their larvae are scavengers and may feed on organic fiber, much like moths. Just a pest in numbers but may be destructive.
Lice, fleas, and bedbugs are known to bite humans,and in numbers may be a health risk. Cockroaches don't bite, but certainly not one of the clean bugs.
I had one little funnel weaver spider that lived in my room, and ate his share of pest bugs like gnats,flies, earwigs, and carpet beetles, so those pests were not much of a problem.
Your best natural pest control is having a coupe spiders around but you might have to tolerate a messy web.
At least they are clean and quiet.
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How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles Without Using Pesticides?
I Killed A Carpet Beetle Larvae In My Walk-In Closet A Couple Of Months Ago. At The Time I Didn'T Know What Kind Of Bug It Was, Only That It Wasn'T A Bed Bug So I Didn'T Think Anything Of It. (I Had A Mild Bed Bug Infestation In My Last Apartment.) Tonight, I Found Two More Of These Things In My Linen Closet So I Did Some Googling And Was Able To Id Them As The Varied Carpet Beetle Larvae. I Haven'T Seen Any Adults So I'M Not Sure Where They Came From. I Also Didn'T See Any Holes In My Sheets And Clothes (Knock On Wood). I Vacuumed My Apartment Thoroughly And Sprinkled Some Diamataceous Earth Along The Walls Of My Closets. I Have No Idea Where The Source Of The Problem Is. I Looked All Over The Interior Of My Apartment. My Best Guess Is That They'Re Coming From Outside. What Else Can I Do To Prevent A Severe Infestation? I Don'T Want To Use Moth Balls And Pesticides Like A Lot Of Websites Suggest Because I Have Two Cats.

the carpet beetle larvae only feed off of items that are from animal or have animal oils in it, so they will only attack your sheets if they are silk and clothing if it is made from wool (American and Australian wools usually won't be a problem with them) or fur. The adults are flying insects and will usually be found dead or dying in the window sills attracted by the light of the windows. The way to stop an infestation is to clean the garments they may attack..wool / angora sweaters and suits, silk ties etc..what ever low heat setting on the dryer that is safe for the garment is enough heat to rid the clothing of them. once the garment is clean store it in an air tight container, zipper bags and totes that the handles act to lock down the lids are not air tight. A common spot they live inside will be under sofa cushion and the bed mattresses. When larvae are found on the carpet, more times than not it has nothing to do with the carpet, but hair from people and pets build up along baseboards or under furniture that the vacuum can't pick up.

Does Cedar Repel Silverfish And Carpet Beetles?
Something'S Been Eating My Cotton Clothes, But Only The Thinner Cotton Fabric Types. Ive Been Researching Online And It Seems Something Like Silverfish Or Carpet Beetles Would Do. Its A First Time For Me So Any Advice On This On How To Get Rid Of These Is Appreciated. Im Planning On Buying Cedar Blocks At Walmart Tomorrow Cuz I Read Online It Repels A Lot Of Insects And I Have A Baby So Anything Non-Toxic Is Always Better... But Does Cedar Repel Silverfish Or Carpet Beetles? Will This Really Work In Getting Rid Of Any Of These Two? Thank You In Advance For Any Help.

Carpet beetles eat pollen off plants outside, their fuzzy larvae eat carpet and other items. The vacuum can pick them up. The beetles crawl in usually under the baseboards.

Cinnamon repels silverfish, but their eggs will be there. If you have clothing or anything in boxes in the closet, they will be in them and their eggs.

Cedar repels moths and moth larva might be what you have. If it repels moths, it should repel silverfish.

Carpet Beetles Again?
The Beginning Of Last Year, I Noticed Some Lady Bug Looking Beetles In The Dust Pan When I Swept. After Seeing Them Numerous Times, I Did Some Research To Find Out What They Were. I Keep A Very Clean House As Is, But I Began Decluttering... Ridding The House Of Any Thing That We Didn'T Need. We Only Have Carpet Upstairs, But I Vacuumed The Whole House, Every Nook And Cranny Multiple Times A Week. I Was Obsessed With Getting Rid Of Them... It Took Over My Life. Sprinkled De In Closets, Behind Appliances, Ect. One Day, After Only Finding The Adults For Months, I Found A Larvae. Then I Started Finding The Larvae Random Places... In My Kitchen, Climbing Up The Wall In My Bathroom. Called An Exterminator. They Treated Three Times... Still Found Them. Called A Different Company, They Treated, Still Found Them. This Went On All Summer, I Feel Like I Spent All Of 2013 Cleaning My House. The End Of Last Year I Became Pregnant So I Didn'T Want Any More Strong Pesticides In Our Home. I Asked For An Igr To Be Added To Our Regular Pest Services And As The Weather Cooled, I Began To See Fewer. We Even Went A Few Months With No Signs Of Them. Now, Spring Has Come And I Have Found 6 Adults Over The Last Couple Of Weeks. I Am 28 Weeks Pregnant, Have A 3.5 Year Old And Just Don'T Have The Energy, Time, Or Will To Clean Like I Did Last Year, Especially Since It Didn'T Solve The Issue Any How. Any Other Things I Should Try? I'M At A Loss!

Are these actually carpet beetles or are they Asian beetles? Asian beetles look like lady bugs but are usually more orange in color. Lady bugs are a true red. If they are carpet beetles, then vacuuming thoroughly and on a regular basis will help get rid of them, and you may need to have your carpet fan sprayed by a pest control company to knock out the rest. If they are Asian beetles there is not much you can do about them. Spraying won't do much because they are coming in from outside. The best thing to do is look for cracks and crevices where they may be getting in. Particularly look around windows, doors, utility pipes entering the house, chimneys, etc. Anywhere they could possibly get in. Remember, these are tiny insects and they need a space of less than 1/16" to get in your house.

Why Are Carpet Beetles Always Found In Homes Or Indoors, But Not Outdoors?
I Never See Them Outdoors, But Indoors. Where The Hell Do They Come From? How Can I Get Rid Of Them Permanently? How Often Do I Have To Vacuum Or Clean The House?

carpet beetles are as common outside as flies...when an animal dies the flies move to get rid of the meaty part of the carcass leaving fur, hair feather, etc. Carpet beetles larva feeds on this. If you would spend time combing through old carcasses you would find plenty of the larva. The adults feed off of pollen and such. In spring through the summer looking at fresh flowers outside you should find some. Would guess riding in fresh flowers is a way carpet beetles get inside homes, where the closets are full of fur , hair and feather items. It isn't always so much of vacuuming, which does help, but routine cleaning of fur coats, hair woven rugs, feather boas....


to the other answer, what your guy is using on the outside of the house is a copy cat of the natural product made from a type of chrysanthemum . Pyrethrum products will have no residual, but the man made pyrethroids that are used on the outside have the same traits as the natural along with a residual.

Do Carpet Beetles Cause Itchy Bumps?
So, I Asked A Question Not Too Long Ago About These Strange Bumps That Have Been Appearing On My Lower Back, My Shoulder Blades, And Now On My Toes And Arms. They'Re Big Welts That Itch Horribly Bad, Yet Almost Burn To The Touch On Some Of Them. I'Ve Killed A Few, What I Recently Discovered To Be, Carpet Beetles That Were Crawling On My Wall, And Wondered If There Was A Correlation Between The Two. However, When I Looked At Some Of The Allergic Reactions To These Little Guys, The Bumps Were Significantly Smaller Than Mine, And There Were Typically A Bunch Of Them In One Location, Unlike Mine. Could These Still Be The Result Of These Carpet Beetles? And If So, How Can I Relieve The Itching? I'Ve Tried Numerous Itch Creams And None Of Them Seem To Work. Help, I'M Miserable!

Carpet beetles don't bite; they just shed these little hairs that can make you itchy (rash-like, not welts). Maybe you have bed bugs? I actually have carpet beetles too, and when I first noticed them I was terrified I had bed bugs. It took days for everyone to convince me otherwise (Ive had no bites, though I get itchy whenever I think about it lol).

*taking a histamine pill would help if it was an allergic reaction but this doesn't sound like one. Try calamine lotion or if youve truly tried everything ice, I guess. Also, oatmeal baths.

I Found Out I Have Carpet Beetles, How Do I Get Rid Of Them?
So Recently I Have Been Having These Bugs Crawling From In Between My Bed And Wall And I Finally Caught And Killed One And Was Informed That It Was A Carpet Beetle. I Havent Found Any Larvae But Just The Adults. Is There A Way I Can Maybe Bleach My Mattress To Try And Kill Them If They Are Living In There Or Is There Something Else I Can Do To Possibly Stop Them From Spreading?

You can kill the carpet beetles with baking soda.

• For your bed:

Strip your bed and wash all sheets, comforters, mattress pads, and even your pillows. Wash everything except the comforters using Hot water and dry thoroughly in your dryer.

Your comforter might not be able to withstand hot water and machine drying. For your comforter: soak it in full strength ammonia in a tub for several hours. (Just douse it with ammonia and leave it in your tub.) Then machine wash using the Cold water setting and hang to air dry.

While your bed is stripped, sprinkle baking soda all over it. Make sure you coat both sides of the mattress and all around it. Let the baking soda sit for 48 hours. (You can make your bed with the baking soda on it. Just put your sheets back on right over the baking soda.)

After 48 hours, vacuum your mattress. Then repeat the above treatment 2 more times.



You can buy large bags of baking soda at Costco and Walmart. The bag says the baking soda is for swimming pools, but it is fine to use to kill the carpet beetles.

Here is the shopping link for Walmart's large bag of baking soda, if you'd rather buy on line than in person:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arm-Hammer-Bak...

• Also treat your carpet and furniture:

Cover the carpet and furniture in your room with baking soda. Again, leave the baking soda for 48 hours, vacuum and reapply. Repeat 2 times.

I would use baking soda, as opposed to Diatomaceous Earth (DE). Yes, DE works, but DE also cut lungs in both people and pets, so it's dangerous. Baking soda is gentle on people but will kill the beetles.

I would also use baking soda as opposed to Borax. Borax is a poison that is harmful to people and pets. Plus, it has been banned in many countries.


If you have seen beetles anywhere outside of your bedroom, treat the carpets and furniture in these rooms as described above. Also treat the curtains in any room where you have seen beetles.

Carpet Beetles?? How Do I Get Rid Of Them?!?
I'Ve Been Finding What Looks Like The Larvae Of Carpet Beetles In One Of My Rooms. I Have Vacuumed, And Washed All Fabrics, But I Am Still Finding One Every Few Days. How Can I Get Rid Of Them? Any Way That Does Not Involve The Use Of Chemicals?

Identify the source if you want to get rid of carpet beetles. Look for fecal pellets and the shed skins of the larva. Also look for holes in fabrics. Carpet Beetles tend to feed in dark, secluded areas like closets, drawers, basements, in between walls and insulation, attics, and storage boxes. You may want to check under carpets and rugs, pick up couches and large pieces of furniture and inspect those thoroughly as well. If you've seen one of the Carpet Beetles shown in the sidebar to your left, search your home up and down until you find the source of the infestation.
vacuuming carpet beetlesImmediately and directly remove the carpet beetles with a vacuum. This should be the first thing you do to get rid of Carpet Beetles. Just go ahead and suck those suckers right up. Make sure to get their babies too; they're the hairy little caterpillar looking type things. The larva are the stage of the Carpet Beetle that is most harmful to fabrics. How do you think they grow up to be such pretty little beetles? They gotta eat!
cleaning carpet beetles outWash your fabrics in hot, soapy water to make sure you get rid of carpet beetles, their larva, and their eggs. Like many pests that feed on animal waste (by waste, I mean remains), Carpet Beetle eggs are incredibly resilient. You'll need to get all of the clothes and fabrics you think are infested into hot water and soap right away. Hell, use the pre-wash just to make sure you get everything. If you're dealing with a rug or a carpet, you'll want to hire a steam cleaner from your local hardware store or have a professional come in and do the job for you.
lesIf you want to kill carpet beetles and keep them out, try dusting with boric acid. Boric acid is great stuff. It kills just about any insect that comes into contact with it, yet it's almost completely harmless to humans. I wouldn't eat a spoonful of it to prove my point, but trust me, this is the stuff you want to use if you don't like chemicals. Boric acid is a naturally occurring compound mined in primarily in the Southwest of the U.S.A. The only thing you want to watch out for is the possibility that you might end up bleaching the fabrics you're treating with boric acid. Boric acid makes whites whiter, you know what I'm saying?

Carpet Beetle Larvae In The Closet. Need Help Please?
For Months My Wife And I Have Been Discovering Small Holes In Our Clothes. Today We Discovered The Problem. I'Ve Identified It As A Black Carpet Beetle Issue In Our Bedroom Closet. There Were Larvae Casings, Larvae On Many Garments. Some Expensive Clothes Are Ruined, Full Of Holes. I'M Trying To Plan On How To Clean The Closet Of Any Of These Destructive Insects But I'M Getting Mixed Information On The Net. - Entire Condo Has Been Checked: No Evidence Of The Problem Outside The Bedroom. - I Know That The Entire Area Needs To Be Inspected And Cleaned Of Any Hair (We Have 2 Cats), Debris Or Clutter. Questions: - Will Washing And Drying Clothes Eliminate The Eggs Or Kill The Bugs? - How Persistent Is An Issue Like This? - Are There Any Household Diy Baits I Can Use To Help Get Rid Of Them? - Tips Tricks To Quick Remedy? I Would Really Like To Hear From Anyone Who Has Successfully Eliminated A Small Infestation Of Carpet Beetle Larvae. For Us It Seems Like Only The Small Walk-In Closet Has An Issue, But After Inspecting Our Clothes In The Drawers We Found One Or Two Casings Of Larvae. I Want To Deal With All Of It - Thoroughly. Note To Anyone Else Reading This: If You Find Small Non-Symmetric Holes In Any Clothes, Particularly Wool Or Cotton, Or Find Small Bugs, Beware. Thanks Yahoo Community.

I have had carpet beetles. Not the black kind. I discovered them after moving into our house. I strongly recommend using a shop vac to vacuum thouroughly and vacuum the edges and baseboards and every nook and cranny. Ortho defense works pretty good. I find that cleaning really well regularly keeps them away. I too have found tiny holes in my clothing, but I am not convinced it is from the carpet beetles. I think it may be from moths. So just in case it is a moth problem (which can be difficult to determine), keep some cedar chips/blocks/spray in your closet area. I strongly believe that many people if not most people have carpet beetles and do not know it. Also, we do not have carpet. We have wood floor and ceramic tile..so I guess it has been a bit easier controlling them, but they definitely can be in homes without carpet. I don't know if you have discovered this website, but they have quite a bit of helpful information and the people on here are very helpful and understanding. If you do however check it out, you will find that there are a lot of nervous paranoid people and it might make you start feeling that way. Please don't let this take over your life. I, at one point was really freaked out about this and it's all I could think about. I am so over that now. I don't see as many as I did, especially after my heavy duty regular vacuuming, but I don't go around looking for them like I used to do. It is so not worth it.
http://somethingscrawlinginmyhair.com/20...

Carpet Beetle Larvae Help?!?
Please Read My Story It Is Terrifying. Yesterday I Found A Carpet Beetle On My Couch!!!!!!! Then, I Went To The Store And Bought Some Cameras And Put Them At The Living Room, So It Can Leave. But Today It'S Still There!!! What Should I Do?! It Won'T Leave! It Is Soooooo Nasty, But My Husband Thinks It'S Cute, And He Pets It! We Argue All Day Long About A Stupid, Nasty Carpet Beetle!!!!! Help! Things Are Getting Wild In My House, And I Also Think My Husband Will Cheat On Me With An Insect!! Aarghhhh!

He he, sorry, this is almost funny. Unless you are finding carpet beetles in numbers, it is almost pointless to go to the trouble to rid them.
The adult beetle really is a harmless critter, and a lot of people think the varied carpet beetle is cute.
The little woolly bears ( the larvae of the carpet beetle) is far from a 'nasty' looking thing, but in this stage, they can be destructive to natural fibers such as some clothing.
In numbers,they are a pest, but can be rid by routine cleaning with a vacuum, or if the infestation is bad enough, there are bait traps and pesticides that will rid them.
In all seriousness, let the old man have his pet, and worry about them if they get out of hand.

Are Carpet Beetles' Larvae And Eggs Big Enough For You To See? What Do They Look Like?
I Don'T Want To Google To See Them Because I Have A Huge Phobia Of Them And Other Insects. So What Do They Look Like Compared To The Adult Ones? Are The Larvae And Eggs Big Enough For Us To See?

Carpet beetles eggs are about 1/4 - 1/2 mm long, and are unlikely to be noticed among carpet fibres.

The larvae are up to about 4 - 5 mm long, and like many beetle larvae, basically look like maggots with legs underneath the front end. Some can be quite dark in colour or very hairy, depending on the species.
If you want to see images there are some here (each link contains a photo of a single larvae - if you have a phobia it's better than seeing all the images that come up in a search, but you might still prefer not to look);
Black Carpet Beetle larvae ( http://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/index.c... )
Varied Carpet Beetle larvae ( http://www2.entomology.cornell.edu/publi... )

Are Carpet Beetles Harmful To People?
I Think One Bit Me?

Not to my knowledge! But here is some more info for you!

Coleoptera: Dermestidae

SIZE: About 1/4 inch (6.4mm)

COLOR: Dark with some colored marks on back

DESCRIPTION: The four most important and most common species are the black carpet beetle (Attagenus mezatoma) shown here, the varied carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci), the common carpet beetle (Anthrenus scrophulariae), and the furniture beetle (Anthrenus flavipes). The adults feed primarily on pollen and nectar and can be found on outdoor plants during the summer.

They are small, oval insects, usually less than 1/4 inch long. Carpet beetle larvae are usually about the size of the adult beetle, 1/4 inch or less in length. They have dense tufts of long setae (bristles) on their bodies. Black carpet beetle larvae have a long tuft of hair at the end of their bodies.


Adult carpet beetles are commonly found indoors at windows. Carpet beetle larvae often wander about the infested location-- from room to room in a house. This behavior results in spreading the infestation throughout the house.

LIFE CYCLE: All of these beetle species have a complete life cycle--egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

Adults can mate and reproduce without feeding. Females can lay from 30 to 100 eggs, depending on the species. Eggs are laid in lint, behind and under baseboards, in floor cracks, or other dark and protected locations. Eggs hatch in one to three weeks.

Larvae develop over a 3 to 36 month period and can molt (shed their skin) from 5 to 12 times. The pupal stage lasts 6 to 24 days, but the adult may take up to three weeks before it emerges.

TYPE OF DAMAGE: The larval stages cause damage to a variety of material. Their preferred food varies with the species, but all carpet beetle larvae can feed on wool carpets and other wool products, furs, hides, horns, feathers, hair, and silk. They will also feed on linen, cotton, and rayon if these fabrics are soiled with juice, food, or animal excreta.

They can be pests in cereals, stored grains, nuts, meal, Indian corn, red pepper, and similar products.

Carpet beetle larvae are frequently pests of insect collections and other museum specimens.

CONTROL: The best way to attack a carpet beetle problem is prevention! Vacuum regularly, do not store soiled fabrics (that is fabric that has been exposed to food spills), and use moth crystals or flakes when storing wool or other potential food of carpet beetles.

When an infestation has become established, it is necessary to locate--as best possible--the source of the infestation in the house. Check all potential food materials inside the house. Carpet beetles may be coming from an abandoned bird or bee/wasp nest or from a dead mouse or squirrel in a wall. Discard all infested material.

INTERESTING FACTS: The old skins are often mistaken for live larvae, and can give the impression of a larger infestation than really exists.