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If you have found small holes chewed in your clothing or other fabrics around your home, you might be dealing with an infestation of carpet beetles. While there are other insects and critters that enjoy feasting on your possessions, you should definitely keep your eyes open for these household pests.

Identifying Carpet Beetles

There are many different species of carpet beetles, but two of the main ones in our area are the black carpet beetle and the varied carpet beetle. Carpet beetles have an oval or domed shape with 6 legs. Black carpet beetles are shiny and black, while varied carpet beetles are black with brown, white, and yellow splotches of color. They are approximately ⅛ of an inch long. Carpet beetles have wings and will fly. Carpet beetle larvae can grow up to 5/16 of an inch long, are generally light brown to black in color, and are more carrot-shaped with a narrow end that may have long hairs protruding. They can also be covered in bristles and are sometimes referred to was “woolly bears.”

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Carpet Beetle Habitat and Diet

Adult carpet beetles prefer to live outside in woodland areas, eating nectar and pollen. It is really the larvae that you need to worry about in your home. Carpet beetles are very attracted to lights, so adult carpet beetles may slip into homes as they move toward the light. Once they are inside, they will lay their eggs near food sources. The carpet beetle larvae will hatch and start feeding on natural fibers and animal products within your home. According to pest control Boise, “these insects will often live in and feast on carpeting, but they can also eat and damage silk, leather, fur, upholstery, curtains, blankets, and more.”

How to Prevent and Control Carpet Beetles

Prevention of carpet beetles and many other pests starts with sealing the exterior of your home so that the pests can not enter in the first place. It is also very important to maintain a clean, tidy home. Vacuuming and dusting often can help immensely in the fight against carpet beetles. When you clean, make sure that you move the furniture to vacuum under it and get all the hard to reach corners as well. 

If you already have carpet beetles and need to get rid of them, the experts at Midwest Pest Control can help. Our professional technicians will be able to identify the pests, design a customized plan to get rid of them, and then treat your home so that they won’t come back. For the best pest control in Tulsa, remember to contact Midwest Pest Control today!