What’s that tiny bug on the wall? One common house-invader is the carpet beetle. These small, speckled beetles can show up in homes year-round. They might be small, but they can appear in large numbers and cause significant damage.
What are they? Should you be worried? Why do they come in? How can you keep them out? Keep reading to find answers to all these carpet beetle questions. Learn to protect your Pittsburgh home this summer, even from the smallest pest.
How To Identify Carpet Beetles
Carpet beetles grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. They are black with white, brown, and yellow patches. You may see them crawling around the wall, in the pantry, in the carpet, or on furniture. There are a few species of carpet beetle. They get their name because they eat fabric and can damage things like carpets.
Carpet beetles are an overwintering pest. This means they often get into your walls during the fall months and hide out through the winter. Come spring, they may come out of the walls and into your home instead of back outside.
When they get into your house, they lay eggs and this leads to an ongoing infestation. Luckily, there are some things you can do to try and prevent this.
Carpet Beetles In Your Home
First, though, we need to take a look at how carpet beetles get inside. Adult carpet beetles may fly through open doors or windows, or crawl through holes in screens or cracks in the exterior of your home. They could also be brought in with used clothing or furniture.
Though carpet beetles are small, they are a big problem. They eat many fabrics and can damage carpets, furniture, clothing, curtains, and more. They may also eat common pantry foods and can get into food items like cereal, flour, crackers, and more.
Besides the destruction, carpet beetles can also have negative effects on humans. The fibers on carpet beetle larvae can cause eye irritation and respiratory problems. If the fibers get on your skin they can cause a rash that looks similar to bed bug bites.
Carpet Beetle Prevention
To prevent carpet beetles, you need to keep them outside. Start here:
- Check the exterior of your home for holes or cracks that might be letting them inside.
- Use caulking to fill in cracks.
- Repair screens with holes or tears.
- Cover vents.
- Install door sweeps.
- Keep doors and windows closed when not in use.
If these prevention tips aren’t enough and you find carpet beetles in your home, call Witt Pest Management. Because of their small size and expert hiding abilities, getting rid of carpet beetles alone can be nearly impossible.
Instead, let the professionals come and help you. We know exactly what to look for and where. We can also inspect your home to make sure there are no entry points allowing carpet beetles access to your home. We’ll help you make the environmental changes necessary to prevent carpet beetles in the long run.
Don’t put up with rashes, eye irritation, breathing difficulties, damaged property, and general annoyance. Call Witt Pest Management and find out how we can help!