Have you ever come across a carpet beetle infestation? Did you have to replace your expensive carpet because these annoying pests damaged it to the core? It must have been horrible. I understand how you might have thought, "Does every house have carpet beetles, or am I the only unlucky one?".
Carpet Beetles are very common. They're in fact one of the most common pests worldwide. Their microscopic size helps them stay away from our sight. But the fact that a lot of people can't see them, doesn't mean that they're not there. But don't worry! You can get rid of them easily. Perhaps this post could help:
Yes, they are. Carpet beetles are tiny, irritating, and destructive pests. They can be responsible for large infestations and damage worth hundreds of dollars. It sounds awful. It is.
Howard Russell of Michigan State University Diagnostic Services from the Department of Plant Pathology said in his article "Carpet beetles are the ultimate household scavengers and most homes older than two years probably have resident populations of carpet beetles".
This gives a very clear answer to the question this blog is about. It is also worrying as we all might have carpet beetle infestations in our houses. Wow. The thought is NOT comforting. I am seriously considering examining my carpets too. God knows what the surprise might be!
Carpet beetles are of different types. All of them are a recurrent problem in millions of houses. They feed on natural fabrics, food remains in carpets, etc.
Now we know that these critters aren't rare pests. Let's take a look at the areas they can be found in.
Carpet beetles aren't restricted to any continent. They are a worldwide problem. No state, country, or city is safe from these nibblers. This wasn't always like this, though.
Carpet beetles have known to be first found in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. One type was discovered in Britain. As the world has progressed, so have carpet beetles. Now they can be found in most of the regions in the world.
Over the years, the use of carpets has significantly increased in most households. That has resulted in more carpet beetle infestations everywhere.
Carpet beetles love dark, undisturbed, cozy places. Despite their fondness of the dark, they mate near light sources. Females lay eggs in comfortable spots where food for the larvae is in abundance.
These nibblers love warmer and drier conditions. They can survive over food that has low moisture content. That's what makes your carpets a perfect habitat for them.
Did you ever wonder what carpet beetle larvae think about your carpets or rugs? Take a look at the picture below. Lol.
Unfortunately, they can infest your pantries too. You should be very vigilant in keeping your snacks and cereals in air-tight containers. Otherwise, carpet beetles are going to have a blast in your food. Sounds upsetting, right?
Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen and nectar. They aren't interested in feeding on your beautiful wool rug or expensive carpet. However, the larvae are the real deal.
They can digest Keratin, the animal-protein found in natural fabrics. Since your carpets also have food remnants, they can be infested too.
Cleanliness is your best friend
The first and foremost measure of prevention against carpet beetles is regular cleaning. Let them know your carpets aren't available for their feed or housing.
Vacuum every day. Tell these pests who's the boss.
The most notable factor in the rapid spread of carpet beetles is their reproduction habit. Two words to describe it are 'quick' and 'abundant'. The females can lay up to a hundred eggs at once. That's A LOT.
The tiny size of the larvae supports them in migrating from room to room without being visible to the naked eye. Uncleanliness, availability of cozy places, and lack of pest control can also aid a carpet beetle infestation.
They also spread due to our neglect of any cracks and openings in our windows or doors. Once these pests make their way into our house, voila, trouble over trouble.
Your home sweet home will then become their breeding and feeding ground.
Do you ever wonder if carpet beetles take a season off? Ahh, No. They don't. It's yet another disturbing fact.
Carpet beetle larvae hatch in the spring or summer season. They aren't seasonal because their life span ranges from 9 months to 3 years. Since adult carpet beetles feed on pollen, they rise in when the flowers bloom, in spring.
These pests are more active in warmer weather. Now most houses have central heating systems so, these uninvited guests can find an ideal habitat in your house all year long.
A study showed that carpet beetles reproduce much more rapidly in higher temperatures.
Be more cautious in hot summer weather as larvae activity can be seriously increased.
That's all folks. Let's revise the answer to the original question. Yes, carpet beetles are very common in the majority of houses. They can infest your carpets, upholstery, and even pantries.
They aren't exactly seasonal. However, you can see more of them in hotter conditions. Just like any other problem, a carpet beetle infestation has solutions too.
We have a detailed post about ways to prevent these pests and to get rid of them. Give it a read. I am sure it will prove to be a helpful resource for you.
Hello, I'm Jeremy. I used to own a blog about pest control until Jimena found me and asked me to join the Carpet and Rug World team. I'm passionate about carpet beetles, bed bugs, moths, etc. A lot of people don't understand how that's possible. I always say that the smile on a person's face when they get rid of the problem is worth it!