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Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Carpet beetles

Frequently asked questions about carpet beetles:

The larvae of carpet beetles feed on anything of a wool content and under normal circumstances if eggs are laid on domestic carpets they don’t survive as they are vacuumed up or trodden on. I the eggs are laid on unworn clothes or areas of carpet under standing furniture or isn’t disturbed, this is a likely reason for having carpet beetles.

Carpet beetles can be a nuisance in your home as they may eat through your clothes, carpets, and furniture. They can also sometimes cause an allergic reaction. However, they don’t bite and don’t otherwise pose any danger to humans.

Carpet beetles hatch mainly in the springtime but in domestic cases, they can hatch all year round.

An insecticide treatment and thorough vacuuming will kill carpet beetles.

Damage on carpet and/or clothes and fining adult beetles and larvae in the house indicates a carpet beetle infestation.

Carpet beetles will not go away on their own unless hygiene is improved and treatment is taken.

Carpet beetles may be present in bedrooms that have carpet that hasn’t been vacuumed regularly, including underneath standing furniture, and old unworn clothes.

Carpet beetles cannot live in your hair.

Carpet beetles are not a danger to health however they can damage carpets and clothes.

Carpet beetles may be in your bed if you have a wool mattress.

Carpet beetles do not carry disease.