Beetles are probably the only insects that don't come to mind when you think of problems like an infestation. When people think of the need for pest control and removal treatments, they are more like to think of other pests.
Plus, carpet beetles feed on fabric, clothes, etc. which also happens to be similar to what moths feed on. So you're always less likely to see them as culprits in your home. Not all holes in a fabric can be attributed to damage caused by moths. In fact, it's not even carpet beetles that do this. It's the larvae that are at fault!
Understanding this species is important to be able to figure out if they have gone rogue on your property. If you do suspect having an infestation at hand, it is best that you signal professional help to prevent any damage from occurring further. So what signs do you look out for on your property during a carpet beetle inspection?
Begin by Spotting if Adult Beetles Surface Near Your Home's Windows
If you happen to speak to a control and removal treatment technician, they will ask you if you've spotted any adult beetles. Now although it might be tricky to spot them, the point to keep in mind is, as mentioned above the larvae causes damage by feeding on fabric and textile materials. Adult beetles, on the other hand, consume pollen and hence, try to move toward the outdoors. During spring and summer, be on the lookout for any 0.5 cm sized beetles crawling near your window.
Observe the Holes Caused in the Fabric or Clothes
Moths are pests in some homes as well. So, it is a whole lot helpful if you know beforehand what kind of pest problem you're dealing with.
Carpet beetle larvae feed in clusters, so if the holes are several and small, it means you have a carpet beetle problem and not one of moths.
Also, with regard to furniture, larvae may tend to feed on areas that are dark and unused like the back of a wardrobe or the area below furniture. Study those areas to search for larvae, even if they are too small to spot, the damaged area will testify to their presence.
Check for Shed Skin, Near or Under the Furniture
Like other insects, carpet beetles shed their external skin numerous times in their nine-month lifecycle. Hence, look around your home, especially the areas at the base of your wardrobe and below your furniture, if you manage to see small furry skins, it is a red flag for you to call for professional control and removal.
Larvae are Shy, But You can Lure Them into Showing Themselves
Carpet beetles' larvae are most active at night, making it that much more difficult for you to spot. However, you can still find out if your Melbourne home is housing them. Draw the curtains and keep the room dark and you just might be able to convince them to come out and play, thereby exposing their presence.
Look for Droppings
Droppings are a big tell on their presence. And you're most likely to find faecal pellets at the base of your wardrobe, on the floor, or below your clothes. As a tip keep in mind, these droppings are usually brown or black and sized as small as a grain of sand.
In conclusion, the earlier you spot any signs the sooner you can call for professional help and prevent the problem from getting worse. However, do keep in mind that you carry out a thorough background and credentials check of the professional service you get on board for the carpet beetle control and removal treatment to ensure a smooth guarantee-backed experience.