How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles Naturally

Updated February 21, 2017

Carpet beetles are also known as skin, larder and hide beetles. The adults have an oval-shaped body covered in scales. They feed on dead and decaying animals, humans and plants. The larvae of carpet beetles are brown or yellow and are referred to as woolly bears. They can be found most often in crevices where there may be dead insects. If you get carpet beetles in your home, you will need to do some heavy cleaning to get rid of them. There is no need to purchase chemicals as long as you have at least a washing machine and vacuum cleaner.

Vacuum the floors and carpets daily. Vacuum daily to help get rid of carpet beetles. Make sure to remove the dust bag after vacuuming each time and throw away everything in it. Steam clean the carpets monthly. You can rent one from your local grocery store. Using a steam cleaner will disinfect and clean the carpet, removing existing carpet beetles and eggs that sit on top of the carpet.

Wash clothing, bedding and drapery. Carpet beetles could lay their eggs on any of these materials. Part of getting rid of carpet beetles naturally requires cleaning these various materials as often as possible. Piles of clothing are a great place for carpet beetles to lay their eggs on, especially if they are sitting there awhile. This increases the problem if you do not take the time to clean the clothing and put them away. You can also vacuum the drapery if you are unable to clean it often.

Clean up areas where you have clutter to help get rid of carpet beetles. For example, check your laundry room or garage and remove anything sitting there for a long period of time. Piles of papers need to be thrown away or put away in a drawer or box.

Examine the windows and doors for cracks or openings that carpet beetles are able to make there way in through. If you have an attic or basement, examine carefully around the windows and any other openings. Seal these openings to prevent other carpet beetles from entering.

Pull up the carpets from the corners of each room to check for carpet beetle eggs. Sometimes the carpet beetles will lay their eggs under carpet, which makes it difficult to remove. Vacuuming them up, once they are found, is recommended. Check periodically afterward to make sure no other eggs were laid. Carpet beetles tend to lay their eggs in the same areas.

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