At Innovative Pest Solutions, a Raleigh, NC family-owned pest control company with over 20 years of experience and a 5-star Google rating, we understand that even the smallest pests can cause big problems. One such invader is the carpet beetle. While their name might suggest a singular focus on carpets, these tiny insects can wreak havoc on a variety of fabrics, food items and belongings.

adult carpet beetle
adult carpet beetle

This blog post will serve as your guide to understanding and controlling carpet beetles. We’ll explore their biology, what they look like, and most importantly, equip you with 5 key tips to banish them from your Raleigh home.

Carpet Beetle Biology: More Than Meets the Eye

Carpet beetles are not actually beetles in the strictest sense. They belong to the family Dermestidae, which includes a wide range of fabric-feeding insects.  These tiny creatures go through a complete metamorphosis, meaning they have four distinct life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

carpet beetle pictured in the larvae stage (left) and the adult stage (right)
carpet beetles pictured in the larvae stage (left) and the adult stage (right)

Identifying the Carpet Beetle: A Sneaky Invader

Knowing what these creatures look like is the first step in identifying an infestation. Here’s a breakdown of their appearance:

larvae carpet beetles
carpet beetles in the larvae stage

The larvae are the most difficult to identify due to their small size. They are typically elongated and hairy, and their coloring can also vary.  If you suspect an infestation or some activity, but cannot identify the culprit, contacting a professional pest control company like us is the best course of action.  Many times the cast skins from the carpet beetle are mistaken for Bedbugs

5 Tips to Control Carpet Beetles in Your Raleigh Home

Now that you’re familiar with their biology and identification, here are 5 key tips to help you control them:

1. Finding the Source Is Key

The first step to controlling an infestation is identifying the source. This might involve inspecting areas like:

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By finding the source of the infestation, you can target your efforts and eliminate the root of the problem.

2. Vacuuming: Your First Line of Defense

Vacuuming regularly is a crucial step in controlling carpet beetles.  Pay close attention to areas where you suspect activity, such as under furniture, along baseboards, around the edges of carpets, and don’t forget under appliances in the kitchen/laundry room areas.  Once you’ve finished vacuuming, be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag or canister contents outdoors in a sealed trash bin.

making sure to wash clothing can help get rid of carpet beetles

3. Washing Fabrics and Belongings:

Wash any fabrics or belongings that you suspect may be infested with carpet beetles. Use hot water and detergent, and dry them on high heat for at least 30 minutes. This will kill any carpet beetle eggs or larvae that may be present.

4. Clean Infested Areas Thoroughly:  Any areas that are infested should be cleaned using hot water and a proper cleaning solutions to ensure pests are gone. 

5. Call Innovative Pest Solutions: We’re Here to Help!

Innovative Pest Solutions can help by providing regular pest control to your home.

If you’ve tried these tips and are still struggling with a carpet beetle infestation, don’t hesitate to contact Innovative Pest Solutions, your trusted Raleigh pest control company. Our experienced technicians have the knowledge and tools necessary to eliminate carpet beetles from your home quickly and effectively. We offer a variety of safe and effective treatment options to ensure your home is carpet beetle (and other pests) free!