The Truth About Carpet Beetles Every New Jersey Resident Needs To Know

February 28, 2020

We all have items seldom worn hanging in the back of our closet or stored linens that we only take out for special occasions. These infrequently used items make the perfect habitat for an unwanted nuisance pest: the carpet beetle. 

carpet beetle in home on flooring

New Jersey has two species of the carpet beetle: the black carpet beetle and the varied carpet beetle. The two are easy to distinguish. The black carpet beetle varies in color from black to reddish-brown. The larvae of the black carpet beetle is long and shaped somewhat like a carrot, with coloring from gold to chocolate brown. 
The varied carpet beetle, on the other hand, has colored scales that are very similar to a mosaic. Colors include yellow, white, and black. The larvae of the varied carpet beetle range in color from cream to tan. One important thing to note about the carpet beetle is the time it can take for larvae to develop into adult beetles. Unlike other species, their schedule is unpredictable, and larvae may take from months to a full year to develop into an adult.
While adult beetles can be troublesome, it is the larvae that cause the most damage and poses the biggest threat to your property. They have a longer lifespan than adults and spend their immature period feeding on fibers. These nuisance pests will damage carpets, furniture, upholstery, blankets, clothing, fur, rugs, and any other item in your home that contains fibers. While carpet beetles are not typically dangerous to humans or pets, they can cause rashes in those who are allergic.

How Do I Know If I Have Carpet Beetles?

Adult carpet beetles feed and mate outside of the home, so you may spot the tiny insects crawling near windows to access the outdoors. You may also spot their light brown shed skin in areas where they have been feeding. Larvae shed their skin many times as they grow. You will also see worn areas on carpets and rugs and even holes in clothing or other fabrics. 
The biggest problem with a carpet beetle infestation is that most people won’t even know they have one until it’s too late. How often do you do a close inspection of carpets and rugs looking for worn spots?

How To Prevent Carpet Beetles In Your New Jersey Home

  • Many homes have at least some carpet beetles, so your home doesn’t have to be dirty to have a problem. There are some preventative measures you can take to keep your carpet beetle population under control:
  • It’s important to check for and seal any opening big enough for pests to gain access. 
  • If you detect a carpet beetle infestation, vacuum frequently around that area to reduce the number of larvae. 
  • Keep any spaces around your pet's food and sleeping areas clean. 
  • Clean rugs and carpets regularly by vacuuming or using a steam cleaner.
  • Inspect clothing and stored linens for larvae or signs of carpet beetle activity.
  • Consider using naphthalene balls or spays designed specifically for carpet beetles. Some people, however, find these chemicals unpleasant in the home.
  • Finally, keep the bird’s nests away from your home because birds are known to carry carpet beetles. 

All of these methods can help reduce the chance of a carpet beetle invasion. However, in spite of your best efforts, you may find that your problem gets out of hand. In that case, it is best to contact a professional to help with the detection, removal, and prevention process. 

How To Get Rid Of A Carpet Beetle Problem In New Jersey

Amco Pest Solutions is the absolute best way to take care of a carpet beetle infestation once you have one. Our pest control experts can help you remove carpet beetles from your New Jersey home and prevent them from coming back in the future. Contact us today! We’ll be happy to give you a free quote for carpet beetle removal and discuss all of your options for effective pest control.

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