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Controlling carpet beetle
If you want to control the carpet beetle, always leave it to a pest controller. The carpet beetle is a persistent insect that, contrary to what its name suggests, is not only found in carpets or rugs. In fact, the carpet beetle loves all kinds of fabrics and animal material, and can also cause serious damage to your clothes and textiles, for example. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the carpet beetle and how to control it.
A nuisance from the carpet beetle? These are the main symptoms:
If you encounter gnawed textile pieces or see small insects on a rug, for example, it is wise to check whether they are carpet beetles. You can recognize carpet beetles as oval-shaped insects that look something like a ladybug. Most carpet beetles have colorful scales and are about 2 to 5 mm long. In addition, in some cases, you may encounter carpet beetles’ larvae as well as granular droppings and pieces of skin.
Carpet beetles generally like dark and quiet places in particular. So if you think you have an infestation, it is wise to check your closet and baseboards, among other things. In addition, carpet beetles are often attracted to kitchen cabinets, flowers and plants, and pet food. As soon as you encounter one carpet beetle, it is advisable to take steps and control the carpet beetle. In fact, you may well have an infestation in your home.
Where do carpet beetles come from?
The carpet beetle mainly lives outside in your garden in the summer. Once it gets colder, however, carpet beetles may want to move inside with you. They enter your home through all sorts of seams, cracks and ventilation grills. In addition, a bird’s nest in your garden or under your roof tiles can also be the cause of carpet beetles in your home.
What should you especially not do?
Since carpet beetles can cause extensive damage, it is important not to underestimate the severity of a carpet beetle in your home. Controlling the carpet beetle is necessary in order to thereby prevent you from having a persistent infestation. This is because once you have an infestation, it can be quite difficult to get rid of it. For example, in the case of a persistent infestation, several treatments by a professional pest controller are often required before the problem can be permanently resolved.
What can you do?
If you have carpet beetles, it is often wise to call in professional pest control. The pest controller can help you find the source of the carpet beetle and thoroughly control the carpet beetle. This will help you prevent further damage. You do not have to worry that your clothes, carpets and the like will be further affected.
Controlling the carpet beetle? Follow these 5 tips:
Before the pest controller arrives, would you like to take some measures to control the carpet beetle yourself? The following are some things you can do:
- To control the carpet beetles in your clothes and other textiles, wash them very hot (60 degrees) or freeze them.
- After washing or freezing, hang your clothes and textiles in the sun. The carpet beetle does not like bright (sun) light.
- Effected clothing or textiles are best discarded. Chances are there are still insects hidden inside.
- Your carpet or rugs can be vacuumed thoroughly. Feel free to do this several times a day to make sure you remove as many carpet beetles as possible.
- Finally, you can go ahead and use chemicals yourself. However, we recommend that you leave this to the pest controller. Besides the fact that chemicals can be harmful to your health if you do not use it properly, it is also sometimes difficult to estimate in which areas you should use it. However, the pest controller knows exactly which method and products will be most effective. This without posing a risk to your health.
How can you prevent the carpet beetle?
You can prevent the carpet beetle by keeping your home properly clean and not putting clothes on the floor. In addition, it is important to make sure that the carpet beetle cannot easily enter your home through such things as seams, cracks and vents. In addition, it is important to remove bird nests near your home and under your roof tiles once they have fledged. Do you have pets? If so, comb them out regularly and avoid leaving their food on the floor.
Always have carpet beetle control performed by a pest controller!
All in all, we can conclude that controlling the carpet beetle can be quite a job. Since the carpet beetle is persistent, we recommend that you always have the carpet beetle control done by a pest controller. This way you can be sure that you will get rid of the carpet beetle quickly and without any problems. In addition, the pest controller can also give you further tips to control the carpet beetle and prevent other pests in your home in the future.
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