Carpet Beetle, the next insect after wasps!

11 September 2018

Looking at the calendar, Carpet Beetle will be the next problematic insect that cause havoc after wasps.

Carpet beetle damage consists of well defined round holes along the seams of fabric where the grubs bite through the thread, pretty sharp teeth!

These beetles have outstripped the clothes moths as the major British textile pest. The Carpet Beetle is 2 to 4mm long, like a small, mottled brown, grey and cream ladybird.

The larvae are about 4mm long, covered in brown hairs, and tend to roll up when disturbed. As they grow, they moult - and the old cast-off skins may be the first sign of infestation. Adults are often seen in April, May and June, seeking egg-laying sites; and the grubs are most active in October before they hibernate for the Winter.

The adult Carpet Beetle feeds only on pollen and nectar of garden flowers but lays its eggs in old birds’ nests, felt, fabric or accumulated fluff in buildings. It is the larvae from these eggs that do the damage. They feed on feathers, fur, hair, or wool and tend to wander along the pipes from roofs into airing cupboards - which house the clothes and blankets which constitute the food.

You need to check your loft and eaves for old birds’ nests or dead birds and remove them. Vacuum clean all fluff and debris from airing cupboards, shelves, floorboards, carpets and upholstery. Lift carpets and underlay and clean floor and carpet thoroughly.

To treat the area, our technician will apply insecticide to deal with the Carpet Beetles and affected items will be sprayed or dusted. We will treat between floorboards, under carpets and underfelts and into crevices where fluff may collect and attract the insects.

Get in touch if you need our help treating Carpet Beetle. 

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