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What are some things you do to maintain your home? Have you repaired your exterior walls in the last five years? Have you ever replaced a water heater? Do you run a dehumidifier indoors to keep moisture levels down? If you value the condition of your home, one thing you should be doing is preventing pests like carpet beetles from getting inside. Here is why carpet beetles invade homes here in Plano and what you need to do to keep them out. If you are dealing with an active infestation of these pests and want a quick solution, give our team a call today. We will walk you through our pest control plans for Plano and help you find a quick solution that meets your need.

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What Do Carpet Beetles Look Like?

Carpet beetles are tiny insects. As for a carpet beetle’s size, adults grow to be 4mm long. This is really small but not so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye. In our area, there are two different types of carpet beetles. Varied carpet beetles are black with yellow, white, and brown scales while furniture carpet beetles are black with yellow, white, brown, and orange scales. You might find these pests indoors hiding under baseboards, carpets, and furniture. They also crawl through furniture, around door casings, and inside materials like carpets, rugs, blankets, slippers, and other soft items. When carpenter beetles lay their eggs, they look for secluded areas like cabinets, closets, attics, basements, and garages. A female carpet beetle lays roughly 40 eggs at a time. These eggs take 10 to 20 days to hatch and live for 220 to 630 days before pupating. If you don’t want dozens of these pests crawling around your living areas, we recommend seeking professional help the moment you spot one of these bugs indoors. 

What Attracts Carpet Beetles?

Carpet beetles usually do not invade homes intentionally. They wander in through exterior gaps and cracks. The one thing that does attract carpet beetles is exterior lights. Like other pests, carpet beetles are drawn to lights when it is dark out. If you keep your exterior lights on at night, expect these pests to come in close to your home’s exterior. To reduce your chances of finding carpet beetles and other light-loving pests indoors, consider replacing exterior lights with yellow, insect-resistant bulbs. You can find these at most home-improvement retailers.

Do Carpet Beetles Travel With You?

One thing we are asked often is, how does a carpet beetle infestation start? Do these pests only invade through exterior gaps and cracks or can they also find their way indoors on items people carry? Turns out, these pests have no problem hitchhiking on things like plants and furniture. To avoid bringing carpet beetles indoors, check items like used clothing, furniture, rugs, plants, and other items for these pests before carrying them indoors. 

Who Can Help Me Get Rid Of The Carpet Beetle Infestation In My Home?

If you are looking for a good way to get rid of carpet beetles, we recommend involving the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite. Our pest control plans are designed to target areas of pest activity and create a lasting barrier to prevent future infestations. Let us inspect your home for carpet beetles and other pests. We will assess your risks and offer some long-term options to get and keep your living areas pest-free.

 

Call now to learn more. We will answer any questions you have about pest control in Plano and find a time to service your home for carpet beetles.

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