DIY – Carpet Beetle – 5 top tips to the protein eating larvae of this beetle

As the title suggests, the larvae does the damage here! Domestically these wooly little critters will infest and destroy carpets, clothes, furs and skins. Commercially the main problem is museums and their stuffed animal specimens.

Best way to treat carpet beetle is to break their life cycle, female beetles lay their eggs in locations where their larvae will feed (see those locations above), so treatment here is essential for a long term solution.

Here are our 5 top tips:

  1. Vacuum all carpets, especially in areas that are usually inaccessible like under beds,   behind wardrobes, behind cupboards etc – concentrate on cracks and crevices
  2. Destroy anything that is heavily infested
  3. Wash items of clothing and other fabrics at 60 degrees+
  4. Freeze delicate items of clothing, soft toys, rugs and other items that shouldn’t  be washed
  5. Treat effected areas with a residual insecticide (use all appropriate protective equipment and always read and follow the manufactures instructions). Non-toxic alternatives are available and often in powdered form (desiccant dusts)

If in doubt contact your local pest controller.

Hope this helps,

MC

michael coates

Protects clients against pests | Advocates veteran employment | Educates children in conflict | Speaker | Rugby Fan

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