1. Is it Bad to Have Carpet Beetles?

DECEMBER 09 2021 / HOME

Is it Bad to Have Carpet Beetles?

In our coverage area of Maryland and Northern Virginia, we have three primary species of carpet beetle that can cause trouble in your home. They come with cryptic names like the varied carpet beetle, the common carpet beetle, and the furniture carpet beetle.

It isn't necessary to learn the differences between these three species because they all pose the same dangers. Here is what you can expect if you have carpet beetles in your home. You decide if they are bad.

 

Carpet Beetles Will Crawl on You

Carpet beetles like the essential oils in your hair, this will cause them to get in bed with you and nibble on your hair while you sleep. In doing this, they will walk across your body, which can leave an irritating rash for some people.

 

As Annoying As Bed Bugs

Often the carpet beetle is confused for bed bugs because people see the adult carpet beetles crawling in their bed, and then wake up with a rash.

Since bed bugs tend to feed multiple times in a row, the rash from a carpet beetle can have a similar appearance to bed bug bites, complete with irritating bumps that you'll want to scratch until they start to bleed.

 

Clothing Moths or Carpet Beetle?

One way to determine if you have clothing moths or carpet beetle larvae is whether or not you have one big hole or several random smaller holes. Carpet beetles tend to eat in one big section.

 

They Are Hard to Control

Carpet beetle larvae feed on dead insects, hides, milled products, pet food, crumbs, lint, felt, soiled clothing, and more. This strange variety of food sources makes carpet beetles hard to control with natural Integrated Pest Management methods.

 

Should I Worry About Carpet Beetles?

So, what do you think? Are carpet beetles bad?

Adult carpet beetles aren't bad if you don't mind inhaling tiny insects or having insects crawl all over you while you're watching TV or sleeping.

The adult carpet beetles are the insects that are flying around your house.

They feed mostly on pollen and nectar but can get into pantry foods like cereals, rice, and flour. If these foods are in sealed, hard plastic containers, you don't have anything to worry about. But if they are unprotected, you might get a mouthful of something undesirable.

 

Treatment and Prevention for Carpet Beetles

If you're dealing with these frustrating pests, we can help. Our team knows how to treat carpet beetles and their larvae in all the strange areas they feed and breed.

Give us a call or fill out this form and we will make every effort to get a certified technician to your home on the same day you call.

Carpet beetles are bad. Get them out and keep them out with expert service from American Pest.