Carpet beetle pest control
Carpet beetle infestations can spread very quickly. They will eventually generate damage that is often first spotted under beds and furniture. Typically they leave irregular holes in the carpet or fabrics. You can also find shed skins that the larvae leave behind after each one moults.
Inoculand offers a guaranteed Carpet beetles treatment service across London for £210+VAT to treat a one bedroom flat. Larger properties are charged a further £49 per extra bedroom (i.e. £259+VAT for a two bed flat). We will carry out two visits at two weeks interval.
How to get rid of carpet beetles
You need to break the life cycle of the carpet beetles by killing not only every adult and larvae, but also by depleting the stock of pupae and eggs present in the property.
Carpet beetle treatment service
London carpet beetle treatments often take place after a change of tenancy when people take notice of the damage.
Firstly, we survey the property and carry out a mandatory risk assessment. We will explain to you the work that we will carry out, as well as the follow up procedure.
For your safety, our technicians will only use HSE approved pesticides and you will be allowed to return to your property after two hours.
We will first spray residual pesticides on the floors and walls. We will then use a fogging machine (ULV) to generate a mist that will reach every corner where carpet beetles may be hidden.
These pesticides will kill the adults and larvae right away. They also have enhanced residual properties that will protect the property while all the eggs and pupae get depleted.
Ideally, the tenants would clean the property thoroughly the day before the initial visit is carried out. It is advisable not to vacuum clean between visits as it will remove some of the pesticides.
Two weeks later, we will return to carry out the follow up visit. The tenants will be required to repeat the same cleaning routine the day before, and once again refrain from vacuum cleaning for a further two weeks.
How to prevent a carpet beetle infestation
There is a major difference between a one-off carpet beetle flying in and a Carpet beetle infestation. You cannot really prevent the first one from happening. But if you notice one inside your home, you need at least to investigate it further.
Strong cleaning routine
Most significant damage will only take place because we allow it to happen. Not taking early notice is the problem.
Ideally we should be cleaning thoroughly underneath furniture on a regular basis. Larvae thrive in dirty carpets. But more importantly, it is only by moving furniture that you will be able to check if there are any problems underneath it.
Also, having the carpets, rugs and curtains washed professionally will thoroughly remove any organic spills, making it a less attractive environment to them.
Other preventive measures against carpet beetles
There are a number of precautions that can be taken routinely. For a start we should ensure that we are not introducing them in. Check any second hand/vintage items you bring in for damage or presence of insects skins or larvae.
If you purchase flowers, also carry out a visual inspection. Pay special attention to bird nesting nearby or inside your roof space. Review the items you keep in storage in cupboards or roof space.
The use of insect monitors can also be useful. It will detect their presence early and raise the alarm.
Getting rid of carpet beetles without pesticides
If you notice a particular area is affected, you need to investigate it thoroughly. And if you identify the source of the infestation, you need to remove it without further delay. You can then vacuum clean the area thoroughly and dispose of the bag afterwards. A steam cleaner can also be put to good use in this case.
From there, look beyond this particular area you identified, and repeat the operation paying special attention to rugs, upholstery, closets and dark places.
However, it is unlikely that you will be able to deal with carpet beetles for good only with mechanical means and through cleaning. In most cases, getting rid of a carpet beetle infestation will require the use of professional pesticides and methods of application such as ULV.
Biology of the carpet beetle
Adult Varied Carpet beetles (Anthrenus verbasci) are mostly outdoor insects actually feeding on nectar and pollen. They are found late spring or early summer.
Key features of the carpet beetle
The carpet beetle is a flying insect that likes hiding in dark places. At night, it is attracted by bright light and thus would be drawn inside properties.
Morphology of the carpet Beetle
The carpet beetle has a similar shape to a ladybird with short antennae. But their thorax and wings are covered with white, pale yellow, brown and black scales. The various colors form an extended W pattern.
The adult carpet beetle is about 2-4 mm long and its larvae can reach 9 mm in length.The carpet beetle larvae are much more distinctive. They are commonly called "woolly bear", as they are very hairy with alternating stripes of light and dark brown. They tend to roll up when disturbed.
Life cycle of the carpet beetle
The complete life cycle takes about a year. The adult stage last for about six weeks during which they will mate. Females will then lay their eggs preferably indoors or inside a mice nest or bird nest.
They will lay about 100 eggs that will hatch after 1-4 weeks. So initially, you would mostly have larvae inside your property that will eventually wander around the house into different rooms.
The life cycle of the carpet beetle is composed of four life stages that are eggs, larvae, pupae and adult. Eggs are deposited directly on their food source and normally hatch within a month. The larval stage can last for as long as five months during which time they will feed on natural fibres and other organic matter.As the carpet beetle larvae grow, they will go through five moults before forming a cocoon. They will then undergo a complete metamorphosis and reach the adult stage after 1-2 weeks.
Carpet beetle's diet
The adult mostly feed on pollen but the larvae feed mostly on wool, leather, feathers, hair and nails.Indoors, the carpet beetle larvae would hence eat woolen fibers from carpet, curtains and clothing throughout the winter months. And the longer they would go on unnoticed, the more damage they would generate.
Carpet beetles and other related pests
There are a large number of pests that can live within the fabric of our carpets. The most common textile pests are the Varied beetle, the Black Fur Carpet Beetles and the Common Clothes moth.
It would be nearly impossible to eventually prevent them from getting in. But we can prevent significant damage from taking place by exerting a strong cleaning routine.Any established carpet beetle infestation would need to be dealt with using pesticides. And because of the very nature of Carpet beetles, heavy infestation will require a professional pest control service.
Biscuit beetle infestations are mostly linked to our dry food storage and will often infest packaging of flour, biscuits, cereals, spices and other power food stuff. They are dark reddish/brown and very small (3mm long) and could be confused with Furniture beetle.
The Biscuit beetle can bore through paper packaging and even foil and will spread easily.
The eggs will hatch after two weeks and the resulting larvae will feed for about two months before pupating in cocoons, often inside the food stuff itself. After a further two weeks the adults Biscuit beetles will finally emerge ready to repeat the cycle.
The adult Biscuit beetle will hence create an exit hole that looks like woodworm and will move away from the food source eventually flying off. The adults that do not eat will survive 3-4 weeks during which time they will mate and lay more eggs.
It is quite common to find Biscuit beetles on the window sill of a nearby room as they are trying to follow the light. But the right course of action is tracing them back to where they are originating from.
How to get rid of Biscuit beetles
The first thing is to check the cupboards where you keep your dry food. You may see a few live or dead adults at the bottom or on the shelves of the units – this is a strong indication that one of the food packagings is infested.
Old food packaging is more likely to be infested and should be checked thoroughly. If you are in doubt about a certain item, it may be best to either place it in a sealed container or dispose of it.Once the dry food cupboards are emptied out and clean, we would then spray the hard surfaces thoroughly with specially designed residual insecticides.
Where do Biscuit beetles come from?
Biscuit beetles are sometimes linked to nearby bird nests and they can then find their way in crawling through tiny gaps or flying through the window.But they are more likely to be introduced with our shopping, especially from shops with very little shelf turn over.
How can I prevent a Biscuit beetle infestation?
As we mentioned before, having a good turn-over routine of your dry food stuff and use by date will probably ensure that you will not suffer an extended problem if any at all.
As you buy vulnerable food stuff, do check the integrity of the packaging. Otherwise the best strategy is to keep your dry food stuff in hermetic containers.