If you were to ask a Houston resident about roaches or rats, they would probably be able to tell you basic things about how they live and what to do to keep them away. For instance, it’s widely known that roaches are carriers for disease, and one tip for stopping them is maintaining a clean home and kitchen area. With rats, most people understand that they cause illnesses too. Holes around a building are usually what helps them get indoors, so residents move to have the necessary repairs done. When it comes to less regarded pests, such as silverfish or pill bugs, the answers aren’t always clear.
Carpet beetles typically aren’t at the forefront of discussions about nuisance insects. However, folks should study all they can about these critters because they can certainly be destructive. You can learn now about their activities and how to prevent them with assistance from Romney Pest Control.
How Do Carpet Beetles Look & Behave? What Are The Dangers?
To deter carpet beetles with success, you have to know about their appearance and behavior. There are a few different kinds in Houston; most are 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long and winged. Black carpet beetles sometimes have a reddish-brown tint. Two antennae and three leg sets outline their bodies. Furniture beetles are also black, but they have white and yellow mottling. The “varied” types are most prevalent. Yellow, beige, and white patterns adorn their black figures. Regardless of the species, these insects are drawn to light and will often surround windows and lamps.
Another generality with carpet beetles is that their larvae create the majority of the damage. Larvae are commonly elongated and rounded, with brown or black coloring. Some have brown barbed hairs. They chew up items like:
- Stored goods
- Dead bugs and animal bi-products
- Pollen, plants, and seeds
Try to avoid touching carpet beetle larvae, as it could cause a rash outbreak or irritated skin. These rashes may resemble patches of bed bug bites. Seeing larvae is the greatest indication of infestation, besides finding their shed skin on surfaces. These critters enter homes and businesses through open windows and doors. Otherwise, they are accidentally brought in with articles they’re inhabiting. They will lay their eggs in rugs, fabrics, and furniture. Properties that aren’t very neat or cleaned regularly will experience repetitive breeding. Hot-spots include closets, cupboards, and storage spaces.
How Do You Prevent Carpet Beetles?
Infestations can quickly occur with carpet beetles. What’s worse is that these creatures can go undetected for an extended period of time. They are extremely small and quiet, so it would be easy to miss them. Ordinarily, people aren’t taking a close look at their furnishings, wardrobe, and mats. If they notice holes, they’ll assume it’s from natural wear and tear. All this considered, prevention is important. Here’s what you can do:
- Clean and vacuum upholstery, floor coverings, and fabrics routinely.
- Inspect greenery and second-hand furniture before heading indoors.
- Close cracks around screens, windows, and doors.
- Call Romney Pest Control if you have other bugs carpet beetles consume.
How Does Romney Pest Control Handle Carpet Beetles?
We at Romney Pest Control have won many consecutive service awards. The reasons are our industrial-grade treatments, expert technicians, cost-friendly plans, and professionalism. No carpet beetle or critter will survive our solutions. Best of all, our products are 100% safe for humans, pets, and materials. You won’t have to worry whether or not your heirloom throw rug will be safe, or anything else for that matter. Call today for a free quote!