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How are carpet beetles removed?

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Carpet beetles can be eliminated by vacuuming, spraying insecticides and laying mothballs around infested areas. There are several ways to get rid of pesky beetles once they have made their way into the home, which gives unhappy homeowners several options to exterminate the pests.

According to Pestkill, thoroughly vacuuming the home is a good place to start when it comes to getting rid of larvae. Homeowners should vacuum all carpets, furniture such as chairs, beds and couches and the curtains. After vacuuming, inspect floors and door corners to pick up residual debris that might attract carpet beetles, such as small particles of food. With carpet beetle control, preventing the spread of beetles is key to successful extermination. Vacuuming should be repeated as often as needed to keep areas from accumulating dirt and debris, which in turn attract beetles.

Spraying affected areas with powerful prevention spray is another way to get rid of pesky invaders. Sprays come in many varieties, and are made of different chemicals. Households with small children, pets and others sensitive to strong smells and certain ingredients might want to avoid using toxic products in high-traffic areas.

Homeowners can also spread boric acid on furniture and carpets to kill existing beetles and prevent others from laying eggs and reproducing. It works by producing a sweet-smelling, sugary scent, which draws curious beetles. The insects then ingest the poison, which quickly kills the bugs upon ingestion. A small dose of acid spread over problem areas often does the trick; sprays are available at pest-control stores and some hardware centers. If using boric acid, keep in mind that the area in which the acid was applied should be vacuumed within two hours of spreading the substance. Letting the acid remain on floors and surfaces can cause bleaching and discoloration.

Mothballs are also effective methods of eliminating beetles from homes. Mothballs should be stored and packed in plastic coverings, cardboard boxes and other storage devices used to store clothes and fabrics when not in use. Mothballs, unlike boric acid, contain toxic substances that can leach into the surrounding atmosphere. Therefore, homeowners should keep mothballs stored in separate spaces (away from children and animals) to keep toxins from entering the surrounding areas.

Sometimes identifying infestation from carpet bugs instead of other types of insects is difficult to do. However, there are some signs homeowners can look for to determine the presence of pests. Shed skins and fecal spots are prime indicators of a beetle community. Beetles also dig and burrow through surfaces, and they may create large holes in rugs or carpets. These critters appear red or orange, and may congregate under baseboards, beneath edges of carpets, around door casings and window sills and in and below upholstered furniture.

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