What Maryland Property Owners Need To Know About Carpet Beetle Larvae

1/28/2021

Every Maryland property owner understands that bugs can be destructive. They might eat your stored food or mess up the wooden structures in your home. That's something we're all aware of. However, many of us don't think that our carpets are in danger, do we? Well, once you get to know your new friend, the carpet beetle, you'll realize why you need to protect your carpets from them before it's too late. 

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Larvae: The Ones To Watch

First of all, you need to understand that you'll probably never actually see carpet beetles in your home. They're only four millimeters long at most. However, you could see a number of carpet beetle larvae because they're actually much bigger than the adults and have very noticeable golden hairs stemming from their oval, worm-like bodies. 
 
Carpet beetle larvae are still very small and skittish, typically hiding within the fibers of your carpet and furniture. Coincidentally (or perhaps not), these fibers are their favorite food source, especially if you have natural-based carpets. While you don't need to worry about the adults eating your furniture and carpets, you'll still want to keep them out. After all, they're the main source of larvae entering your home. While they are not typically a danger to humans, carpet beetle larvae can cause rashes and skin irritations.

See The Signs

Many people won't treat an infestation for a long time, simply because they don't notice it. If you want to protect your carpet from the damage that a prolonged infestation can bring with it, you'll want to be able to recognize the signs early on. 
 
The first sign of a possible carpet beetle infestation you'll notice is large groups of carpet beetles gathering near your doors and windows; their primary entry points. And, they almost always lay eggs after entering your home. If you begin looking for larvae, they'll still be hard to see. However, you might be able to notice holes chewed in furniture items and small threads being torn or tangled up within your carpets. They'll also leave very small, shed skins in the wake of their activities.

Prevention Practices

When attempting to keep these pests out in the first place, you'll want to start by addressing the different entry points they might use. These include:

  • Gaps under doors.

  • Small cracks in windowsills.

  • Holes or cracks in the foundation.

  • Tears or separations in your screens.

You can address these issues by applying caulk to the windowsills and to any cracks in the foundation. New screens and weather stripping under exterior doors will also help prevent them from entering.

Many people accidentally allow larvae into their homes when they purchase secondhand furniture as well. Make sure to look at any used items you're thinking of buying for signs of an infestation before you bring that new mattress, couch, or chair into your house.

Unfortunately, once you do incur an infestation, it can be very difficult to get rid of. As always, the internet will claim to have easy solutions such as vacuuming, steam-cleaning, doing laundry in hot water, or spraying vinegar everywhere. However, as with most DIY pest control methods, the results are often inconsistent when you do it yourself.

Now, you work hard to keep your home comfortable and clean, so why take a chance on inconsistent results from home remedies? If you want to get carpet beetle larvae out of your home on the first try, it's time to call in the professionals. The best way to deal with a carpet beetle infestation is with professional assistance from Capitol Pest. Give us a call today for a free consultation. 

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