Have you ever noticed any bald patches on your carpet—or noticed little bits of what look like shreds of wood near the patches?
Your carpet is not naturally going bald, and neither is it disintegrating. This might freak you out a little, but small insects known as carpet beetles might be living in your carpet.
What are Carpet Beetles?
Carpet beetles are common household pests that look like small fuzzy worms or small dark beetles. They can usually be found in and around carpeted areas. You also know that these little things do not just feed on carpets; they also consume leather, silk, fur, and animal hair, which means they can also infest curtains, clothes, pillows, coats, and blankets. Carpet beetles rarely attack synthetic fabrics, but they may still feed on them when stained with food, oil, and perspiration.
Dealing with a Carpet Beetle Infestation
Call on a professional carpet cleaning company if you think you have a carpet beetle infestation. A professional will first thoroughly vacuum all the areas, which will get rid of the insects. You might also want to put in a good dose of insecticide to eliminate the insects for sure. To make sure those beetles do not come back, set hormone-based glue traps around crevices, cracks, and other locations near your carpet.
Carpet beetles insects enjoy dark corners and spaces under your furniture, with adult carpet beetles most likely to lay eggs in these areas. When the larvae hatch into beetles, they leave their casings behind, hence the bits of wood-like or paper-like shreds.
One good way to prevent those insects altogether is to vacuum regularly, especially in the corners and areas under the furniture. It can be daunting, but using a crevice tool on your vacuum when you are cleaning up the carpet edges will really keep them at bay.
Carpet beetles may be small, but you do not know what these miniscule insects are actually capable of. Practicing good housekeeping is one of the most affordable and effective ways to keep these pests from infesting your home.