Carpet Problems in AucklandCarpet beetles are common household pests. They look like tiny dark beetles or little fuzzy worms. They are commonly found somewhere near carpets, on clothing, the windowsill, and in various food items. Since carpet beetles could cause irreversible damage not only to your carpet but your other stuff as well, it’s important that you learn how to identify them and be on the lookout for signs of potential infestation.

Where to Look for Carpet Beetles

A-Jet Services Ltd notes that pests typically hide in carpets, rugs, blankets, curtains, clothes, slippers, and other things made of soft material, as well as under the edges of carpets, under baseboards, and underneath upholstered furniture, according to one of the top carpet cleaners in Auckland. He adds that you might be able to spot small carpet beetles crawling on the floor or flying toward light sources. They are yellow or reddish-brown in colour, and have an oval shape. Take note, however, that because they’re only slightly bigger than a pinhead, they’re extremely tough to see.

Luckily for you, there are a couple of telltale signs that almost always confirm a carpet beetle infestation, like seeing skin shedding and deposits of their faecal matter. But the most effective way of confirming an infestation is through the damage carpet beetles leave in their wake — chewed holes in your carpets and other soft things as mentioned above.

Important Warnings and Considerations

Consider keeping your off-season clothing in containers or plastic bags, and open your closet or dresser at least a few hours daily to discourage carpet beetles or other pests from nesting. Likewise, it’s not really an emergency if you spot about five to eight adult carpet beetles, what you should watch out for are their larvae.

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If you decide to use insecticides to eliminate an infestation never apply then near electrical circuits, open flames or sparks. If you have parquet flooring, a light spray will do, but never apply insecticide to asphalt or tiled flooring. If you have expensive and/or antique carpets, let a pest control specialist do the job to avoid further damage.