Carpet beetles are exactly what they sound like. They lay eggs in fibrous material such as carpeting so that their offspring can feed on it.

These beetles an be confused with bed bugs.  Small pests that can cause a large amount of damage if left untreated. Attracted to natural fibers, carpet beetles can damage carpets, furniture, and clothing. Carpet beetles will also feed off the felt under furniture and lamps, and inside musical instrument cases.

As they like to chew on plants and other fibrous material, carpet beetles do not bite, but if you come into contact with them it may feel like a bit because of the long hard hairs.  

There are several types of carpet beetles including the varied carpet beetle, black carpet beetle, furniture carpet beetle, and common carpet beetle. 

How to Get Rid of Them

Maintain a Clean Home

Maintaining a clean home is a simple and easy way to prevent a carpet beetle infestation. Vacuuming regularly will pick up any rogue carpet beetle eggs or larvae and washing and drying linens in high heat will kill off any carpet beetles, eggs, or larvae that may have found their way into your home.  Keep reading for more details.

Vacuum Daily

Vacuum your home daily will help keep a carpet beetle infestation under control.  Make sure you empty the vacuum into a garbage bag, seal it tightly and place into an outside trash can.  Don’t forget to vacuum dark areas (like closets) and fabric that can’t go in a washing machine, such as curtains, rugs, and upholstered furniture.

Clean Fabrics with High Heat

Wash all of the fabrics that you can and dry them on high heat (over 120 degrees F) to kill any carpet beetle insects, larvae, or eggs. The high heat of a dryer is important as it will kill the carpet beetles. Don’t forget clothing, bedding, towels, and other linens.  You can dry clean any items that are unable to be washed, such as those made of silk, or place items directly into the dryer. 

Steam Carpets and Furniture 

Carpet beetles, larvae, and eggs will die upon direct contact with steam. Use a steamer on furniture and curtains in your home. You can also steam your carpets and rugs or have a professional carpet cleaning company steam-clean your carpets and rugs.

Monitor Your Infestation with Glue Traps

Place glue board traps in your closets, pantries, and other dark areas to catch adult carpet beetles. Glue traps are also a great way to monitor your infestation. In the weeks that follow your treatment, you should see less and less carpet beetles on your traps. If you continue seeing activity after 21 days call a professional pest control company to help with a treatment plan.