Has it happened that you go on and pick your favourite outfit, and it has a bunch of holes in it? Well, if this happens, then you must have been attacked by carpet beetles. Of course, their name specifies that they live in your carpet, but that is not going to stop them from eating clothes, fur, stuffed objects and so on. They’re a terrible pest to have in your house, so it is better for you to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Here we’re going to tell you DIY ideas for you to eliminate them. However, there are professionals that can help you do this, in order for you not to risk your family or yourself by using chemicals.
There is one particular thing about carpet beetles, is that the adults are not the ones that cause that ruckus, but the larvae. One great thing you can do at home is vacuum all over the places you consider are infected by these insects. They are usually secured in dark places near the damaged areas of your home, so pay attention where they might be hiding and just vacuum them away. Remember to vacuum again, for at least one week, so you can see that those pesky animals have been eradicated.
This is one of the most powerful chemicals that exist that can help you eliminate those insects. We do not recommend using these nor any chemical without the help of professionals. Proceed with caution. First, you need to remove your pets from your home, since this chemical can also affect them. Leave them at the pet sitter or at a neighbours home before you do this.
You must buy powdered boric acid. You are going to spread it in all the places you know are infected by these terrible insects. Once you’ve done that, you must wait for a few hours in order for the boric acid to start having an effect. Larvae, eggs and adults are going to die the moment they touch this product. It is one of the best ways to get rid of them. After the few hours have passed, you should vacuum your carpet or the place that was sprinkled with it.
Wash everything with hot water
Vacuuming is not only the first thing when it comes to get rid of these insects. Washing everything that can be washed in a machine is another step. Try to wash them in hot soapy water. This will help a lot to kill all the bugs that are living there. Of course, you might as well use laundry detergent for a better effect. Let them dry at the highest temperature possible, and if you think that there are still eggs there, just vacuum it again and again.
Before you do this, remember to read the instructions carefully. Some pesticides can really affect your pets, so it is naturally better if none of them (in case that you have) are around there. There are many insecticides, but they must have at least one of these ingredients: bifenthrin, cyfluthrin or deltamethrin. Carpets are very delicate, so try to test them in a little square just before you pour it all over your carpet to make sure it doesn’t stain. If you prefer not to do this you can call a professional, they will help you to get rid of this pest.
Substitute your linens
The great thing about these insects is that they do not feed off synthetic sheets. So, if you want to renew your house and your linen, this is a good opportunity for it, as keratin is not included in any of these sheets. Natural linen does contain it, which is basically protein for them. If you remove their food source, they will be gone for good.
Get rid of infected clothes
Clothes that you know have been chewed and holed up need to be removed. Why? They might be still infected with beetle’s eggs, and you might as well continue to be affected by such pests, specially once you have taken several cleaning measures. Don’t grow attached to it and throw it away as fast as you can.