Carpet beetles in Australia are part of the ecosystem and pose no problem in their natural environment where their larvae eat animal proteins, feathers, animal skins and hair. The problem is that the list includes some of your possessions like fabrics and wool in carpets! Call Acacia Pest Control to find out the best ways to treat carpet beetles.
You might find it hard to believe but it only takes one single Australian carpet beetle to do a whole lot of damage – and if you see one, you can bet 50 to 100 eggs are waiting somewhere in a rug or carpet to be hatched.
So if just one carpet beetle can cause havoc, imagine what 20 of them could do! They only need a clump of pet hair the vacuum cleaner can’t access underneath the lounge to make an easy nest that will be hard to detect. One of the best ways to treat carpet beetles is prevention!
At Acacia Pest Control we have professional exterminators near you, so if you have a carpet beetle problem in your home, office or company building, be assured that we specialise in the treatment, and control of the all pest and vermin problems in the Geelong area.
What Do Australian Carpet Beetles Look Like?
Australian carpet beetles measure about 3mm long and can be up to 5mm during the larval stage. They’re a tiny furry beetle and are a distant cousin to several other kinds of moths and carpet beetles. These pests might be only the size of a pinhead and look like fuzzy, harmless little things, but they can add more worry to your life with the enormous damage they can do. Carpet beetles are hard to detect, which is why an Acacia Pest Control inspection is advisable.
These hungry little munchkins don’t bite, but their fuzz can cause a rash or dermatitis, which is rare, but if you were allergic it would only add to the infestation problem. These tiny beetles can find their way into the pile in your carpets and rugs and leave bald, unsightly patches. Yes, we wish carpet beetles would stay in the bush where their larvae can eat whatever they want, but the warmth and protection in your house is a good place for the adult beetles to lay their eggs and the larvae have plenty for their supper.
How to Detect Carpet Beetles
Knowing where to look is the first step in knowing how to detect carpet beetles. The adult carpet beetle is attracted to light, so they’re often found near window sills and light fixtures. If you see adult carpet beetles in your house, you can bet there’s a nest somewhere and larvae at different stages of growth. They’re attracted to natural fibres such as carpet but can also munch on:
- Fresh flowers
- Pet fur and human hair
- Paint brushes
Carpet beetles also like synthetics but only if he fibres contain animal or human perspiration, blood, or oil. They eat the pollen and nectar from plants and can be brought inside the house in a bunch of cut flowers. So check any flowers for beetles before you bring them inside.
Another seemingly unlikely place you can detect carpet beetles is in stored dry foods such as grains, rice and dog food. If you think you might have carpet beetles, check the following, especially rarely used areas in:
- Closets, cabinets and pantries
- Inside air ducts and vents
It’s a good idea also to look inside cases holding musical instruments. The carpet beetle larvae feed on the felt or velvet lining, but also check the padding beneath lamps and furniture legs. The larvae also feed on carcases, so remove any dead rodents and baits.
Acacia Pest Control exterminators stay up to date on all the latest innovations for treating pests such as carpet beetles. We provide professional exterminators to carry out the treatment for carpet beetle larvae and adult beetles.
Best Way to Treat Carpet Beetles
To control and treat carpet beetle infestations your first port of call should be a quality pest exterminator such as Acacia Pest Control whose technicians can detect, treat and control the pests. In between inspections and treatments you should also vacuum often, especially beneath furniture and beds, and anywhere peaceful and dark where the beetles lay their eggs. How do you treat carpet beetles? Stick to the following routine:
- Steam clean
- Wash pillows and bedclothes, cushions etc.
- Wipe or spray surfaces with vinegar.
- Sprinkle borax on carpets
- Use an indoor insecticide that targets carpet beetles.
But best of all, call us at Acacia Pest Control! If the carpets in your Geelong home, company offices or other business premises are being eaten by carpet beetles and you need skilled professional exterminators, call Acacia Pest Control for a quote on 1300 257 774 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.