Have you noticed strange flying beetles in your home? Damage on your favourite carpet? These might be signs of carpet beetles infestation since the bugs feed on wool, feathers, hair and nails.
Opt for our carpet beetle control in London, and we’ll take care of your problem! You will be no longer alone in the fight against those textile-eating invaders.
- Flexible booking slots on the same day, weekdays, weekends or bank holidays;
- We come with a non-branded van to your place in London and perform a discreet service for your property;
- We use COSHH-approved, pet and family-friendly pest control products;
- The pest technicians we work with are certified and experienced;
- 24/7 Customer care centre over the phone and online so you can schedule same-day emergency treatments;
- Book simultaneously with our other services, such as silverfish control or moth control, for great discounts;
- If you choose our full carpet beetles treatment, you will be able to request two free follow-up visits for a period of 3 months.
How We Conduct Our Carpet Beetles Removal
- Upon arrival at your London property, the beetles exterminator inspects it completely. He determines the level of infestation and the best product to use for the situation.
- Then the technician applies a special insecticide which has a remarkable residual effect on treated surfaces. The substance instantly kills all larvae and adult carpet beetles it comes in contact with.
- At the end, the pest exterminator provides you with advice on how to keep your property safe from those troublesome textile pest.
- Booking full service with us provides you with the opportunity to request additional follow-up visits for 3 months if needed.
Due to the nature of the methods used in our carpet beetle extermination, there are several requirements which should be fulfilled prior, during or after the session:
- All pets should be removed from the premises—including fish and other tank dwellers;
- All affected areas should be thoroughly vacuumed;
- During the session, you cannot be present on the same floor where the treatment takes place;
- Property should be empty for about two hours after the session, to allow the insecticides to settle;
- Upon arrival, open all windows to increase air flow around your property for 10-15 minutes;
- Do not hoover or mop treated areas for at least 5 days after the session;
Facts About Carpet Beetles
Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen, the ones to actually cause damage are their larvae, sometimes referred to as ‘woolly bears’. They are major textile pests, feeding on fabrics, carpets, clothes from animal origin, such as fur, leather, wool, silk and etc. Larvae also enjoy feeding on animal carcasses.
Adult carpet beetles are good fliers and are attracted to light. Finding beetles around light sources (such as windows) is often the first sign of infestation. Unfortunately, by that time larvae have already damaged goods.
Carpet beetles do not bite or feed on humans, and do not spread disease. However, the tiny hairs on their larvae are known to trigger allergic reactions, which are sometimes mistaken for bed bug bites.
Female carpet beetles usually lay their eggs in air ducts, closets, under furniture or baseboards, in long-stored musical instruments and similar dry, dark places. Larvae become full grown in 2 to 11 months. They can survive several weeks without food.
Furniture carpet beetles like feeding on keratin, which is a protein in animal hair. That is why, when furniture maker started using horse hair as padding for upholstered furniture, the carpet furniture beetle became a very common pest.
When food is scarce the larvae of the black carpet beetle moult back to a lower metamorphosis level, so they can survive.
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Carpet bugs are among the most common pests in UK homes. They’re very persistent and can cause severe damage to your carpets, rugs, clothes and other items around your property. Adult individuals feed on pollen and don’t pose any danger to your property. Yet, their larvae pose a threat to your property.
Common Property-Invasive Species
- Black carpet beetle (Attagenus unicolor)– their larvae are approximately 1mm in length. Their growth speed depends on the food source and its quantity. They’re known to grow back to a previous size and stage if food is scarce.
- Varied carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)– their larvae reach 4–5 millimetres (0.16–0.20 in) in body length and are easily distinguished because of their hairy bodies. Some people call the Varied carpet beetles’ babies “woolly bears”.
- Furniture carpet beetle (Anthrenus flavipes)– They’re famous for their ability to digest keratin, which is found in animal hairs. They started attacking furniture when furniture makers used horse hairs for padding.
- Common carpet beetle (Anthrenus scrophulariae (Linnaeus)) – their larvae are brown in colour and their speed of growth depends on the temperature of the environment they live in.
Size And Appearance Of Adult Carpet Beetles
Black carpet bugs reach 3–5 millimetres (0.12–0.20 in) in size and are shiny black or dark brown in colour.
Varied carpet beetle have round, almost spherical body shapes with whitish spots and are approximately 1.7 to 3.5 mm (0.07 to 0.14 in).
Furniture carpet beetle– They grow between 2 to 3.5 mm long. Their bodies are black with yellow and white mottling on their backs. They have yellow scales on their legs.
Common carpet beetle adult individuals grow between 2.5 to 3.8 mm in length. Their bodies are mainly black, with white spots and reddish line in the inner edge of the wings.
When Can You See Carpet beetles?
Adults and wandering larvae are most commonly encountered during late winter and early spring months. During the rest of the year, you may see carpet bugs flying around your property, but it would be most likely because it’s looking for a place to lay her eggs.
What Causes Carpet Beetles In Our Homes?
Like many other pest species, carpet bugs cause infestations in your property regardless its type. When it comes to these bugs, they would infest your home or office during the colder months of the year. Another reason, besides shelter, is their need to reproduce and laying eggs. In this case, your home seems a very suitable place, as it’s warm and provides food and shelter.
Are Carpet Beetles Dangerous?
Q: Do carpet beetles carry diseases?
A: No, they don’t carry or transmit any viruses or germs which are harmful to you or your pets. Yet, during the 1940s dermatologists proved the hairs of the Anthrenus, Trogoderma, and other species’ larvae caused allergy to certain people known as Carpet beetle dermatitis.
Q: Do carpet beetles pose any other threats?
A: Yes, these tiny carpet destroyers’ larvae pose a substantial threat to any animal products including:
- Skins, furs, and feathers
- Wool and hair, yarn, blended textile materials like synthetics combined with wool
- Cotton to some extent
- Spices, grains which are mainly stored foods
Pest Disinfection Upon Request
After the insecticides have settled and 5 days have passed, you will be able to request professional cleaning at preferential rates. We can send a team to disinfect and sanitize the treated areas, including carpets, upholstered furniture and curtains.Request a quote