The black carpet beetle is a fairly common pest that many homeowners don’t even realize they have. The black carpet beetle is most especially found in the Northeastern part of the United States, where these tiny pests can cause damage to carpets, upholsteries, and other fabrics if left unattended too long. A-Tex Pest Management will share a little about the nature of these pests and how you can protect your home against them.
Black Carpet Beetle Identification
The black carpet beetle is very small. They will only grow to less than 1/2 and inch in length. You will find they are completely black with a set of brownish black wings. The black carpet beetle feeds on many kinds of fabric such as wool, silks, leather, feathers and even hair. The black carpet beetle will also occasionally eat dry meats, plants and other dead insects. The black carpet beetle doesn’t just affect carpets and furniture but they have also been known to infest linen closets, and kitchen cupboards as well.
Why are Black Carpet Beetles a Problem?
Black carpet beetles can be a year around problem if they are already indoors. As long as their environment stays warm, they will continue to reproduce. Be aware their eggs will hatch within 12 days. If the eggs where laid in a cooler climate, they will take up to 20 days longer to hatch. The Black Carpet Beetle larva is the largest of all other carpet beetles. The larva is brown and gold in color with long golden hair at the end of the larva. An adult Black Carpet Beetle can live for 640 days in which they can cause a lot of damage to your home.
How to Prevent a Black Carpet Beetle Infestation
Black carpet beetles can be one of the most difficult types of pest to control, not just due to their size, but to the fact they can turn anything into a food source. With most pests, eliminating food, water and shelter is in itself a great deterrent to reduce the majority of people’s pest problem. This isn’t the case for the black carpet beetle. Even a home or business with no carpeted floor doesn’t prevent this pest. This insect can still feed and survive on other sources of food and shelter. One method is regular sanitation of upholsteries, linens and carpets in the home. This will kill many of the black carpet beetles that might be in the home.
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Another and probably best method of ridding your home of black carpet beetles is contacting a professional pest control company. They can help determine the best course to help rid your home of these hardy pests. At times major pesticides aren’t needed and at other times they are. It will determine on the severity of your current black carpet beetle infestations. If you have discovered black carpet beetles, we here at A-Tex Pest Management can help make your home safer from the damage that these little pests can do. Don’t allow your carpets and upholsteries to be slowly consumed and damaged by black carpet beetles. Contact us when it comes to your home or business pest problems. A-Tex Pest Management can eradicate these pests.