Carpet beetles are tiny pests that are capable of damaging your carpets, upholstery, clothing, etc.
They basically feed off from organic materials such as animal and human hair, plants and pretty much any animal-based material such as wool, fur, leather, and silk.
There are three common types of carpet beetles; black carpet beetles, furniture carpet beetles, and varied carpet beetles. Of the three, the black carpet beetles are the most common and the most destructive.
It is when the carpet beetle is in larvae stage that the most damage is done to your carpet, clothes, and upholstery. This is because the carpet beetle larva likes to feed in dark, quiet places which makes it difficult for you to identify on time.
A major sign that you have a carpet beetle infestation in your home is when you notice your carpet is looking worn and threadbare. However, that part of your carpet receives very little traffic.
Other signs of infestation would be abnormally tattered car seats and your clothes having large holes big enough to fit a whole fist through.
If you notice these signs, then it would be advisable to search the following places to confirm and check if you would see carpet beetles here;
- Look under your carpets and edges of your carpet for signs of carpet beetles.
- Look underneath your furniture.
- Check your upholstery especially around the fold areas.
- Check all your natural fibers especially those stored in the attic.
- Check under your car mats and under your car seats.
Here are some good practices to prevent as well as get rid of carpet beetles;
- If you are using a natural remedy, ensure you test a small part of the carpet, upholstery or fabric first to ensure there is no staining.
- Keep your off-season clothes in plastic bags to protect them from carpet beetles.
- Let in sunlight into your rooms, closet, and cabinets a couple of hours a day as carpet beetles like dark murky corners and cupboards.
- Regular cleaning and vacuuming should be done on carpets and upholstery.
- Regular cleaning of curtains and draperies as carpet beetles like to hide at the base of curtains and draperies.
Below are 15 natural ways and home remedies to get rid of carpet beetles and carpet beetle larvae;