Textile & Carpet Beetle Pest Control & Advice
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in treating beetle infestations. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right.
Information on Carpet Beetles & Other Textile Pests
In the UK there are many variations of beetles, moths and parasites (such as fleas), which can live quite happily within the fabric of your furniture and carpets. The Variegated beetle, the Black Fur Carpet beetle and the Common Clothes moth are three of the more common species of textile pest.
There are four life stages for these beetles: egg, larvae, pupae and adult. This begins when the female lays her whitish eggs, singly on to their food source. The eggs will normally hatch in to larvae within a month, but they can remain at this stage for many months and go through 5 moults. Throughout this time they will continuously feed on any organic matter around them, before moving on to the pupae stage. The pupae will remain cocooned for a further week or two before emerging as an adult carpet beetle.
The adult Variegated beetle has an oval, ladybird shaped body with very short antennae. They have a thorax and wing case covered in white, pale yellow, brown and black scales, which produce irregular patches or extended ‘W’ markings. Their larvae are also known as ‘woolly bears’ as they are hairy with alternating light and dark brown stripes.
Carpet Beetle Infestations & Risks
These pests need a high animal protein diet, so they can naturally be found in locations such as bird nests. Therefore, if you have had birds roosting or nesting on your property, this could be a direct source of any infestation. In domestic situations they feed on Keratin which can be found in natural fibres such as wool, feathers, hair and nails.
Textile pests are common to the UK and do not necessarily enter your home on second hand furniture, carpets or items from overseas and although mainly an issue during the summer months, given our warm, centrally heated houses, these pests can live in our homes throughout the year.
Carpet beetles do not present any significant health risk to pets or humans; the greatest risk is the damage their larvae cause to your property and belongings. Look out for any bald areas of carpet, holes in your clothing, or discarded, brown, shell like cast skins as these are tell tale signs of an infestation.
Pest Control for Carpet Beetles & Other Textile Pests
The treatment for your property is normally by the use of a HSE approved insecticide spray, which should be applied around the affected and adjoining areas, driving the beetles from their hiding places and killing off the infestation. All our insecticide treatments are HSE approved and it is safe to return to and use the rooms that have been treated after a few hours. If you have pets, keep them out of the affected area for at least 24 hours.
In most situations it normally takes up to 60 minutes for our technician to complete their risk assessment, the required treatment and to brief the customer on the actions taken and next steps, but this can be extended if the infestation is in numerous areas or other hazardous conditions exist. The areas treated should not be cleaned of vacuumed for 14 days.
Once completed, the infestation should start to die off, but our technician can return after 14 days if the infestation requires a further visit to your property. Some beetle infestations, especially those in commercial or multi-occupancy buildings may require additional visits to eradicate all activity.
If you have a carpet beetle infestation:
- Regularly inspect airing cupboards, wardrobes and spare rooms for any activity.
- Ensure you do not have any birds roosting on your property and destroy any nests.
- Check for old wool based insulation or lagging and replace with modern equivalents.
- Always clean clothes and fabrics before storing them away in suitcases or sealed vacuum packed bags.
- Regularly shampoo or spray your carpets and furniture with a suitable cleaning product or disinfectant.
- Hot wash or dry clean any bedding, curtains or clothing that has come into contact with the infestation.
- Carefully check, clean & clear the rooms of any other personal or valuable belongings before storing them away.
- Vacuum and clean all affected areas, then throw the waste away in an external bin.
- Ensure the edges of the rooms and any storage areas to be treated are accessible.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions on Freephone 0800 112 3480.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the infestations location, size and the species involved.
- Determine the most appropriate method to treat.
- Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
- Ensure the safety of others & protect any food preparation areas.
- Wear their protective equipment and commence with the treatment.
- Determine the correct and optimum locations for any surface insecticide and deploy with minimum impact to the customer.
- If required, implement a regular monitoring regime and maintain a site plan of the locations treated.
- Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.