Ever found mysterious holes on your clothes? Congratulations! You have a 90% chance that a starved insect fed upon your precious, expensive and beautiful clothes. And that insect was no other than a Carpet Beetle.
Carpet beetle is a 3mm long beetle. They are common species, often considered a pest of domestic houses and, particularly, natural history museums where the larvae may damage natural fibers and can damage carpets, furniture, clothing and insect collections. There are three recognizable species of carpet beetles that you will find; varied carpet beetle, furniture carpet beetle and black carpet beetle.
Larvae feed on keratin and chitin of natural fibers throughout their development. Here natural fibers are wool, dead insects, animal hair and feathers. Adults feed on pollen and nectar of flowering plants. An interesting thing is that they start feeding as soon as the egg hatches.
Larvae most often hide in a dark place like crevices including air ducts, closets and behind baseboards when they are not feeding on your clothes.
What is this word Larvae we often use when talking about insects? Larvae are basically the active immature form of an insect and it differs greatly from the adult.
Beginning in 1948 several groups of dermatologists reported on case histories involving dermatitis caused by contact with carpet beetles. These patients experienced multiple symptoms that included itching, pruritic eruptions. Biopsies and clinical tests confirmed that the hair of carpet beetle larvae caused these reactions.
If you find carpet beetles in your houses immediately remove them with a vacuum. If you doubt that your clothes have their eggs and larvae on your clothes, wash you fabrics in hot soapy water to get rid of them. Dusting boric acid is another method to keep them out.
Carpet beetle infestation is the scariest thing to hear as they are resilient pests. It is not easy to get rid of these miserable creatures. After you have tried all of the above mentioned treatments and still see carpet beetles in your house, trust me! You need a Professional to help you out.
Speaking of professionals, if you are looking to protect your family investment or wish to make your home a safer place by having the most effective natural pest control in Toronto, then HMG Pest Control is always there for you. Our technicians are professionally trained and are 24/7 available at your service.
So pick up your phone and dial 426 556 8363 or fill out the given form to free your home and property of the most stubborn, good for nothing, devastating pests like carpet beetles, because we are ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU!
Posted on October 5, 2017
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