beetle removalCarpet Beetles Pest Control London

We will identify carpet beetles infestations, determine the most cost-effective way to get them out of your home and then undertake a solution to keep them from returning. Eviction is guaranteed.

beetle removal Carpet Beetles Pest Control London

We will identify carpet beetles infestations, determine the most cost-effective way to get them out of your home and then undertake a solution to keep them from returning. Eviction is guaranteed.

Carpet beetle pest control in London

Holes in carpets, clothes and other soft furnishings are often wrongly mistaken for the damage of moths within the home, however did you know these are actually the number one signs of the common household pest: the carpet beetle? As the name suggests, these small insects love to feast on carpets, but don’t be fooled, they can do irreparable damage to all types of fabrics if left unchecked.

Here we will look at what exactly carpet beetles are, how to recognise the common signs of infestation, how to treat infestations and what further steps you can take to prevent carpet beetles entering your home.

What are Carpet Beetles?

Carpet beetles are small, oval shaped, winged insects measuring around 2-4mm in length (adult), like typical beetles they are identified by their domed body, six legs and paired antennae.

Carpet beetles can further be catagorised into two types, ‘Varied/Variegated’, which typically have orange, black, and brown colouring with varying degrees of white speckling, and the aptly named ‘Black carpet beetle’, which has a more uniform, all-black colour.

Most damage caused by infestations is not actually caused by the adult beetles themselves, but instead the fabric eating carpet beetle larvae, or as they are more commonly known, ‘woolly bear’.

Wooly bears have a striped or ‘banded’ patterning and are covered in tiny hairs, similar in appearance to small furry caterpillars. With life cycles lasting around 3-4 weeks, females laying around 50-100 eggs per nest site and larvae hatching just 7 to 28 days later, the earlier an infestation is identified and treated, the better!

How Would You Get Rid of Carpet Beetles in my Property?

How do Carpet Beetles get into your home?

Unfortunately carpet beetles can enter your home in a whole manner of ways, from flying in through open windows, being brought in on already infested fabrics, furnishings and animal furs, to even being carried in on a plant bought from the supermarket!

Usually, early infestations are easily treated with regular household cleaning and vacuuming, however persistent problems are encountered when the beetles are able to find a good source of food: lint, hair and other debris of organic/animal origin such as dead insects and skin. As these ‘foods’ typically accumulate under furniture, floorboards and other difficult to reach areas, carpet beetles are able to thrive in such places.

Tell-tale Signs Of Carpet Beetles Infestation

Larvae ‘graze’ along the surface of materials as they feed, leaving irregular shaped holes or threadbare spots. As carpet beetles primarily feed on organic and animal-based materials, wool, felt, fur, silk, feathers and leather are often targeted, for this reason damages are commonly identified on jumpers, scarves, coats, blankets, rugs, bed linen (particularly down), upholstery etc.

Larvae tend to feed within the folds of fabrics, so damage restricted to these areas on clothing such as collars, cuffs etc. can also be an indicative sign of carpet beetle larvae activity.

As larvae grow they shed their skin (molt), finding such molt is sure sign of infestation. Similarly, infestation may also be identified through the finding of tiny (¼ – ½ mm) white/cream specks on furnishings and within dusty areas of your home, these are the eggs of the beetle.

Carpet beetles can survive in a huge variety of places, so if you have suspicion of infestation but are unable to find the cause, be sure to call your local pest control!

How Much Will a Carpet Beetle Treatment Cost Me?

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Preventing Carpet Beetle Infestations

Household cleaning and storage

In addition to routine vacuuming, regularly cleaning around skirting boards, under furniture, under rugs, and other places carpet beetles frequent can help prevent infestation. Any items that are likely to be infested (such as wool jumpers, silk scarfs etc.) should be washed at high heat and dried before being stored for extended periods.

Washing at high heats kills any eggs or larvae present and can also help to remove any odours and oils which can attract pests.

Carpet beetles and their larvae rarely infest items that are regularly used and cleaned, if items are going to be stored for an extended period of time you may also wish to further protect items by placing them in a plastic bag or container. As beetles can also live within dried foods, similar measures should be taken to make sure food is well sealed from potential pests!

Points of entry

Using insect nets on exterior windows and doors can prevent beetles making their way into your home of their own accord. Further to this, any gaps and cracks around windows and doors should also be fully sealed.

Plants and flowers should be inspected for pests before being brought into your home, you may also wish to wash or treat any second-hand items before using them within your home (particularly if they are made of commonly affected materials i.e. wools, taxidermy).

Carpet Beetle Control

If you find a carpet beetle infestation within your home, you can treat the infested areas effectively with a vacuum cleaner. Focus on removing debris, eggs and larvae from small areas that may be missed during regular vacuuming.

Once vacuumed, residual insecticide should be applied to the affected areas, again being sure to treat harder to reach cracks and crevices.

Any furnishings that cannot be removed for machine washing (e.g. upholstered chairs etc.) should also be treated with insecticide. Smaller soft furnishings within the home such as clothes, cushions etc. can be washed at a high heat to remove any eggs and to kill larvae and adult stage beetles.

Freezing items can also kill any beetle/larvae present as the insects are unable to tolerate the rapid temperature change. Although this is less commonly used as a treatment it can be useful to treat delicate items where insecticides or washing cannot be used (e.g. taxidermy, paper documents)

Pest Control For Carpet Beetles

In order to guarantee carpet beetles are effectively and permanently removed it is always best to contact a licensed pest control expert such as Pestcure Ltd.

Our technicians are professionally trained to the highest standards (BPCA) British pest control association certified, and offer the safest and fastest option for pest control.

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20:01 07 Nov 23
I have a tenanted property and am not local to it. James was diligent, professional and considerate with both the tenant of the property and I; giving us advice on how to deal with the rodent issue we had. I would highly recommend James and Pestcue to solve the problem First rate, honest and keeps to his word.
Tristan CollinTristan Collin
10:49 01 Nov 23
Been hearing scuttling for about a week until two nights ago when it sounded like someone was breaking into our kitchen. We went in to find a huge rat running around the surfaces. The next day we called James from pest cure and he was here within a few hours. During the visit he located the hole the rat was coming through & even saw the rat. By the time he left the kitchen was put back perfectly with two heavy duty traps hidden by the hole (non of those Amazon pieces of plastic). Although he said it could take a week, that night we heard a thwack and saw a dead rat in the morning. Called up James and he said he’d be here the same day to pick up the rat and fill the hole.For something that can make you feel so disgusting in a house, James sorted us perfectly and I highly recommend Pestcure. 10/10.
Cass DevCass Dev
18:30 27 Oct 23
James is a very professional and knowledgeable pest controller. We are currently using his services for a bed bug related issue and he had been brilliant throughout the process, always able to fit in an appointment at convenient times. Would highly recommend him.
Joseph MarkidesJoseph Markides
08:37 25 Oct 23
Unfortunately my issue with Mice in my flat was not resolved. James told me I had a “mild infestation” which I assumed would have been easy for a professional to deal with.Unfortunately, a bit more than a month after James’s initial visit, we still see mice in the flat.James was professional and explained that that there are holes in my walls which are large and difficult to reach which I understand and appreciate. Additionally, James was very responsive and came out to the flat a number of times to investigate the situation which is highly appreciated.However, I hired Pestcure to help me sort out an issue, paid their fee, but after a number of visits the issue continues to persist.Response to reply: I don’t understand why this is so disappointing to you. Imagine my disappointment then when I still see rodents in my flat after I paid your fee. I did mention that I appreciate the fact that you came out multiple times and I did mention that James tried his best. Also the claim that I did not close the holes is ridiculous and undermines your response. This is because I could not close the holes while James had traps and other rodenticides down there. I had to wait until James’s last visit before I took action with another professional.
Timothy PrattTimothy Pratt
12:27 21 Oct 23
Had bedbugs. Appointment was arranged quickly with Pestcure and James came for 3 treatments to get rid of our itchy friends.Was always easy to arrange the next step and James was always flexible and also let me know exactly when he was likely to arrive. James was always extremely pleasant and informative.Most importantly, the difference has been great and it’s been a fortnight (before the 3rd treatment) since we last saw a bedbug.
13:56 08 Oct 23
I can honestly say that pestcure is one of the best companies I have dealt with. My horses stable was plagued with rats and I was at my wits end! James knows his stuff 100% and I am so grateful that my horses food is no longer being eaten by rodents. Thank you so much Pestcure!
John CastleJohn Castle
20:49 07 Oct 23
Iv used pest control people before and haven’t experienced such attentive and great, knowledgeable service. They were just great, dealt with our issue in our offices very quickly and at a good price! Would recommend to all. ThankYou guys
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19:53 06 Jan 23
James was very helpful and proactive in helping us with our problem. He explained the procedure and was happy to come back if we had any new problems.
Zoe CopleyZoe Copley
14:05 28 Dec 22
I would highly recommend Pest Cure. James provided excellent service and advice. He was very pragmatic and reassuring. The costs to deal with a mouse issue were very reasonable. The follow up was excellent and he went above and beyond to prevent further incursions by sealing up holes and grates. Overall, excellent, pleasant and professional service.
Grace ThirkellGrace Thirkell
07:49 01 Nov 22
Highly recommend this company. James was so helpful and invested so much time with us to sort our problem. James’s was always on the other end of the phone to provide support and information and really cares about his clients to get the problem solved. Just want to say thank you to James as he helped me through a very challenging time!
Alex HathiramaniAlex Hathiramani
07:49 26 Oct 22
Fantastic experience, James is v knowledgeable and has all the lot needed to remove any issues. Thinks about the client and is reasonably priced unlike other big big competitors who I feel don't have the same skill set. Would definitely re use although I'm hoping I won't need to!So my original review above was last year's issue, this year I had a larger rodent problem, called out James and yet again he's resolved the issue.Issues arose due to rodents living under an outbuilding. James' initial reaction was that it was a drainage issue. He was so thorough, put 2 x cameras down below the outbuilding, removed the decking himself and refused to leave the issue until it was resolved. He came out for 5 visits and after activity seen on camera for over 5 weeks, I've now been 11 days without an issue. This chap is the best in the business full stop, he's fitted drain valves (to stop the rat issue) and persistent rodent bait to eliminate the issue. If the issue comes back I know who to call, but I am at ease now because he has solved the source of the problem and has guided me on how to prevent it in the future. Absolutely brilliant experience and 5 stars really doesn't do his service justice.
Jatin PunjabiJatin Punjabi
22:01 09 Oct 22
James is an extremely professional and kind individual who explains what the problem is and gives his honest opinion. He follows up with good solutions and walks you through the how, what and why. Furthermore, he's helpful throughout the process and is happy to take any further questions or concerns. We used his services for rodent issues and the situation has been improving. Obviously some of it is down to construction issues, but he's more than willing to make you understand the underlying reasons as well. Would highly recommend his service.

Pest Proofing Your Home

Are carpet beetles dangerous?

Carpet beetles and their larvae are relatively harmless to humans and do not bite, although airborne rough hairs released by the larvae can cause rashes and irritation to exposed skin. If the area of skin is highly raised or has a characterising shape/pattern it is likely caused by another common biting pest such as fleas. Contact your local pest control services for the best advice if you are unsure on what pest may be present in your home.

What happens when an carpet beetle infestation is left untreated?

Although rare, when infestations are left untreated for an extended period they can lead to breathing difficulties and eye irritation, again a result of the accumulation of irritating hairs released by beetle larvae.

Can carpet beetles fly?

Like all beetles, carpet beetles can fly through the air using wings that are hidden and protected by a hard casing when not in use.

What do carpet beetles eat?

Carpet beetle larvae will feast on any organic materials, meaning they can be found pretty much anywhere in the home!

Commonly effected items include:

  1. Woods
  2. Fabrics (wools, silks)
  3. Clothes
  4. Books
  5. Leathers
  6. Cotton furnishings
  7. Dried foods
How long does the carpet beetle live?

The average life cycle of a carpet beetle is around three to four weeks.

Do carpet beetles die off during winter?

It is a common misconception that many pests ‘die-off’ in winter, however this is not the case! Although it may be less common for initial infestation to happen during winter as they are less active due to colder temperatures,

carpet beetles may lay eggs within the home during late summer. Once these eggs hatch, infestation often persists through winter as larvae and adults are able to survive within the warmer temperatures provided by the indoor environment in the home.

Can carpet beetles live in my bed?

Although possible, it is unlikely that carpet beetles will live within your bed as this is an area that is frequently disturbed. Pests found in the bed are more likely to be bed bugs (commonly mistaken for carpet beetles). Infestations of bed bugs can be hard to manage effectively, if you have suspicion of bed bug infestation contact your local pest control as soon as possible

Why are there carpet beetles in my kitchen?

Carpet beetles are attracted to the organic food source provided by dried food such as flours, rice and pastas. Prevent beetles getting into your foodstuffs by always ensuring foods are tightly sealed before storage.

What about carpet beetles in my car?

Carpet beetles can easily be transported, and due to the types of organic materials found in cars such as leathers, upholsteries, and rubbers, they are sadly no exception to infestation. If signs of infestation are found in the home, any cars that are in use by the household members should also be treated.

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