Washington Fabric Pests Prevention & Control
Fabric Pest Facts, Identification & Prevention.
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So you think you have fabric pests but are not entirely certain? To help you identify your particular problem to better come up with a plan of action, we have compiled facts about these unsavory house guests and how to successfully get rid of them.
Carpet beetles can wreak serious havoc on your carpeting, upholstery, and other similar items. As they can infest an area rather quickly, it is particularly important to treat them with a carpet beetle exterminator before they get out of hand and take over your home.
Carpet beetles are oval shaped, typically between one and four millimeters in length. Unlike bed bugs which are flat, carpet beetles are round with a black, brown, white, orange, and/or yellow coloring. They can sometimes look like ladybugs, but have yellow instead of red. Carpet beetles will often have wooly looking tufts of brown hair left over from their larvae stage. Larvae are covered in brown or black hairs and have three golden hairs on their belly. Larvae sometimes appear to have stripes as different shades of hair grow in patches.
How Did I Get Fabric Pests in My House?
Like any other pest, carpet beetles fly through doors, windows, and any other openings you may have in your house. Adult beetles can be brought in through fresh cut flowers from your yard as they feed on flower pollen when they are outdoors. Once the beetles are indoors, they feed on fabric and other household items, laying eggs where their larvae will eventually be able to find food; This is how an infestation starts.
What Do They Feed On?
Carpet beetles love natural fibers such as wool, leather, and silk. They will eat through your bedding, curtains, and woolens, feeding on synthetic fibers if they are unable to find natural fibers readily available. Because of their preference for these household items, carpet beetles can do significant damage to your house if they are not quickly identified and managed.
As with many insects, carpet beetles reproduce relatively quickly. Female carpet beetles lay anywhere from 25 to 100 eggs each spring season. Typically, the eggs become larvae within two weeks and then the maturation process to full adult can take anywhere from 1-3 years depending on the climate. Once carpet beetles are adults, they only live around two weeks. However, during those weeks they mate and lay eggs to keep the population of carpet beetles ever growing.
Fabric Pest Control and Prevention
Preventing these pesky critters takes regular household maintenance. However, to better reduce your risk of a carpet Beetle infestation, you will want to vacuum your carpet and furniture often, do laundry regularly, wash both your family’s bedding and your pet’s bedding, and make sure that entry points like cracks and crevices are sealed.
How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles
To effectively take care of your fabric pest problem, call a professional beetle exterminator as soon as possible. At All Seasons Pest Control, we take pride in our work and can help you get rid of carpet beetles for good. Our specially trained technicians know just what to look for and can quickly diagnose your pest issues, treating them effectively and efficiently.