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Carpet Beetle

CARPET BEETLE CONTROL

NZ Pest Control, offers carpet beetle pest control treatments, for Auckland homes, and commercial premises.

What is a carpet beetle?

In New Zealand, carpet beetles are often found inside homes, warehouses, museums and other buildings,CarpetBeetleLifeCycle.jpg where they may cause serious damage to clothing, furs, carpets and other stored fabric items. 

The adult carpet beetle is dark brown to oily-black in colour, and 3mm to 5mm in length. Black carpet beetle larvae are typically seen as having carrot-shaped, or elongated, bodies with a tuft of long bristles at the narrow end. Inside homes, carpet beetles typically deposit their eggs on or near wool carpet and rugs. A female carpet beetle lays around 30 to 100 eggs, which take 10 to 20 days to hatch. A female adult carpet beetle can live for 3 to 8 weeks, and a male can live for 2 to 4 weeks. Adults usually appear in spring and early summer. Indoors, they are often seen near windows.

Why do I have carpet beetles in my home?

Because carpet beetles feed on natural fibers and particles, they are especially attracted to any or all of the following: wool (including carpets, rugs and other woolen goods), animal skins and furs, stuffed animals, feathers, human hair, pet hair, leather book bindings, animal horns, whalebones and silk. They also eat dried plant products and silk plants. Inside homes, these “fuzzy” bugs are often found on the floor or around baseboards, in closets, beneath upholstered furniture and on the undersides of carpet. Carpet beetles, like many other pests, generally enter the home from the outside. As adults, they will frequent homes and buildings by entering through small cracks and openings around windows, doors, underneath siding, or through electrical lines and above-ground pipes that lead into the home.

Are carpet beetles dangerous?

Carpet beetles are not considered to be harmful to humans or pets. Carpet beetles are harmful to carpets, furniture and clothing and will in many cases remain a nuisance pest. In rare instances, the bristles on carpet beetle larvae can create skin irritations, causing a sensation of being bitten.

How do I get rid of carpet beetles?

If evidence of a carpet beetle infestation appears, affected items (such as clothing, wool rugs, carpets, etc.) should be laundered or cleaned in whatever manner is appropriate for the item. Natural fiber rugs commonly affected by carpet beetles (such as wool, silk and sisal materials) are best addressed by sending to a professional rug cleaning company. It is reasonable to expect that any of these items are free of infestation after the appropriate cleaning is done. Following the inspection and identification of infested items, a thorough cleaning and/or vacuuming of the area needs to be performed where the items were. This should involve the use of a crack and crevice tool with the goal being the removal of any and all particles of lint, carpet fiber, pet hair, etc.

Can I control carpet beetles myself?

As stated in the paragraph above, there are several things that you can do to aid in the elimination of carpet beetles. In an effort to maintain and/or prevent future carpet beetle infestations, an NZ Pest Control professional will treat all of the required areas with the appropriate products, after you have laundered or cleaned infested items and areas.

How soon can you get here?

At NZ Pest Control, we strive to give our customers a rapid, efficient service, and make every effort to be with you as soon as possible.

Is the treatment safe?

All products used by NZ Pest Control, must have first been thoroughly checked by the EPA and registered for pest control use. Only then can they be considered for use by our highly trained pest control professionals. You can be assured, that pest control services provided by NZ Pest Control, will not cause any harm to humans or pets.

How can I prevent carpet beetle returning in the future?

Vacuuming up pet hair and other dust and debris will significantly improve your chances of preventing carpet beetles from invading your home or workplace. Vacuuming natural fiber rugs will also help, especially under furniture. Furthermore, when woolen garments are stored away, they should be put away clean and not after use and should be stored in pest-proof containers.

 

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