Understanding what carpet beetles are

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Many people have experienced the horror of taking out their rarely-used woollens, to find them riddled with miniature holes. This destruction of clothing is caused by carpet beetles. While they do infest and cause damage to carpets, these creatures are also responsible for causing extensive damage to woollens and other fabrics too.

Carpet beetle infestations are often very severe and require professional pest control. We at Forensic Pest Control  are one of the leading companies in this space and cater to both commercial and residential clients across Sydney. Our company offers comprehensive pest control solutions and has handled scores of carpet beetle control jobs as well. Not only do we have the experience and resources to handle this task, but offer guaranteed services. It means you can rest assured we will focus on doing the job right the first time around.

What carpet beetles will infest

Australian carpet beetles are extremely versatile pests and will attack:

  • Linen, synthetic and cotton fabrics if there are any food stains on them
  • Wool carpets and various wool products, such as silk, hair, fur, and skins
  • Occasionally, they might also infest nuts, spices like red pepper, meal/flour, cereals and Indian corn

The larvae of carpet beetle are voracious eaters, and can easily infest museum collections, such as pinned insects & stuffed animals. Adults generally prefer pollen and nectar from flowers and it is the larvae that cause most of the damage.

Items that are stored in dry and dark places, such as basements, wool cupboards, etc. are particularly vulnerable to carpet beetle attacks. The infestation may easily go unnoticed for months on end, causing widespread damage to food, clothing and furniture.

Carpet beetle facts

  • Carpet beetle species go through the life cycle of egg, larva, and pupa, and then to the adult stage.
  • Carpet beetle eggs can be found in clothing and lint, in wall cracks, under floorboards, and wherever its dry and dark as well as free from predators.
  • The eggs are laid in large batches (up to 100), and can take between 1 and 3 weeks to hatch.
  • Larvae are voracious eaters, which makes them a highly destructive pest.
  • The larvae take between 3 and 6 months to grow, and moult several times during this period, leaving behind their scaly exoskeletons among the clothing.
  • Since they are only about 4-7 mm in length, they can be extremely difficult hard to detect.
  • The larvae can survive in heating & ventilation ducts, inside upholstered furniture, under floorboards, clothing etc.
  • Pupae take between 6 and 24 days to develop. They live in dark places, clinging to the undersides of sofas and clothes etc.
  • The adults are black in colour and between 2 and 3 mm in length, with small round bodies. They are garden insects and you won’t find them indoors. In these outdoor spaces, they can ruin ornamental plants.

If you have noticed any signs of carpet beetles such as damaged materials, particularly clothing or sand-like larval droppings, and bristly cast-off larval skins anywhere in cupboards, closet areas or even on carpets, give us a call. For cost-effective, efficient and professional carpet beetle control solutions, contact us today. For more information call Forensic Pest Control at 1300 360 457. This online form can be used to send queries and we will call back shortly.

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