How do I get rid of black carpet beetles for good?

Updated November 21, 2016

Black carpet beetles are common household pests. If not removed from your home or business in a timely manner, they can destroy your property. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, black carpet beetles can cause serious damage to clothing, carpeting, upholstery and other household furnishings. Keeping your property clean and protected from black carpet beetles is key in ridding the pests from your property.

Determine the exact locations of the black carpet beetle infestations, which can be found in fleece, wool, under rugs, carpet, baseboards and in upholstered furniture.

Remove any infested material found and place it in a freezer or clean it thoroughly. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, black carpet beetle larvae and eggs can be killed by placing infested items in freezing temperatures for 48 hours. Clothing can be dry cleaned or ironed.

Spray an insecticide in all areas where the pests are active on your property. The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program recommends applying insecticides as spot treatments and limiting sprays to edges of floor coverings, under rugs and furniture, floors and walls of closets, shelving where susceptible fabrics are stored, cracks and crevices and in other lint-accumulating areas.

Clean your property thoroughly. Black carpet beetles thrive on lint, dead insects, wasp nests, spiderwebs and hair. Use a broom to remove wasp nest and spiderwebs. Vacuum your carpet, closets, rugs and draperies. Dispose of the vacuum bag along with the wasp nests and spiderwebs immediately to prevent any captured black carpet beetles or their larvae from escaping and reinfesting your property.

Screen all windows and place sticky traps in and around your property to prevent other black carpet beetles from entering and reinfesting your property. You can purchase window screens and sticky traps at hardware stores.


Do not spray the insecticide on your bedding or clothing. Reapply the insecticide on a regular basis to ensure lasting success.


Read all insecticide label directions carefully and thoroughly before use. If your property is severely infested with black carpet beetles, you may need to call in a professional pest control company.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer
  • Iron
  • Insecticide
  • Broom
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Window screens
  • Sticky traps
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Brittany Tucker began a freelance writing career in 2008. She specializes in home and garden topics, and her work has appeared on a variety of websites. Tucker studied English literature at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.