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Carpet Beetle Prevention


Clean up any accumulations of lint, hair, insect remains, and other debris that carpet beetles use as food. Get rid of items that are infested badly. Remove old webs left by spiders and nests made by birds, rodents, bees, and wasps, which can hold infestations. Before bringing cut flowers inside, look for adult beetles. To prevent carpet beetles from entering from the outside, check that the vents, doors, and screens on your windows are secure.


It is essential to clean rugs, draperies, upholstered furniture, closets, and other areas where carpet beetles congregate on a regular and thorough basis in order to both prevent and eradicate these pests. Carpet beetle eggs, larvae, and adults can be effectively removed from a space by vacuuming thoroughly and frequently. The bag that was used to vacuum infested areas should be disposed of immediately because it may contain eggs, larvae, or adult insects.


Keep fabrics clean to protect them; Carpet beetles are attracted to stains from food and sweat on fabrics. All of these insects will die if you thoroughly dry clean or washable items in hot water. Controlling fabric pests in clothing, blankets, and other washable items is best done this way.


Mounted animal specimens, such as game trophies or museum pieces, should be regularly cleaned or frozen for 10 to 14 days. Woolens, linens, and furs that have been stored should be thoroughly brushed and aired in the sun every year. Launder or dry clean these items before returning them to storage if you discover an infestation. Clean items should be sealed in a sturdy plastic bag or another suitable container.


Hair or feathers fill some pillows, mattresses, and furniture. Spraying the item's exterior will not effectively control carpet beetles once they enter the stuffing. Look for a pest control, dry cleaning, or storage company that can treat the item with lethal gas in a fumigation vault to get rid of the pests. Only licensed pest control professionals are permitted to purchase and make use of fumigants due to the potential dangers they pose to those who use them. Fumigation done correctly kills all stages of fabric pests and provides quick, effective control. However, it does not prevent reinfestation.

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