Guide To Identifying Carpet Beetles In West Chester

June 30, 2022

How many times have you seen holes in your rugs, tapestries, or clothes, and you blame moths? Almost all the time, right? True enough, female moths are notorious for picking fabrics made from animal fibers to feed their larvae, but moths aren’t the only culprit. Carpet beetle larvae also feed on animal products like wool, silk, leather, and furs.

Before you go and lay mothballs all over your house, inspect your carpet, furniture, and tapestries. If you see actual beetles or larvae or molted shells and casings, it’s time to call pest control In West Chester.

carpet beetle crawling on fabric

What Are Carpet Beetles?

Carpet beetles are small insects that can infest your home if left untreated. Physically, these pests have oval-shaped, hard-shell bodies with six legs and two antennae; they also have wings under their shells. Their body colors can range in black, orange, or yellow and white; it depends on the species. The three most common to West Chester include: 

  • Varied Carpet Beetle
  • Furniture Carpet Beetle
  • Common Carpet Beetle

Young carpet beetles and larvae prefer to feed on natural and animal fibers like wool, silk, and leather, as well as pet hairs. Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen and nectar. If you start noticing damage to your carpet and other items in your home and are unsure of the cause, it’s a good idea to request a pest control inspection to get to the root problem.

What's Attracting Carpet Beetles To My Home?

For the most part, you accidentally bring carpet beetles into your home. Whether you purchased used furniture or brought in fresh flowers, carpet beetles will make themselves right at home and breed once inside. If left unchecked for too long, these pests can be tough to remove. 

However, studies have shown that certain scents attract carpet beetles, and the aromas from within your home can be why they seek points of entry to get inside your home.

When Are Carpet Beetles Most Active?

Carpet beetles are most active during the summer months and tend to find their way into your home, flying through windows and doors. Replacing door sweeps and door and window screens will aid in keeping these pests out. But, ultimately, carpet beetle treatment is the only effective way to remove an infestation.

Why Call Masters Touch For Carpet Beetle Treatment

There are a few different methods of getting rid of carpet beetles, like using boric acid and mild insecticides. The only problem with these tactics is that you’re more than likely not going to eradicate the incomplete infestation. It will leave some carpet beetles behind to continue infesting your home. 

At Masters Touch Pest Solutions, we know precisely how to handle these pests. And though they don’t pose any threats to humans outside of mild skin irritation from the hairs on carpet beetle larvae, they still can be an extreme nuisance to have in your home.

If you’re experiencing carpet beetles in your West Chester home, it’s time to call us for safe and effective carpet beetle control.

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