The carpet beetle is one of the most tenacious pests that California residents will encounter. These pesky bugs can shred clothes and textiles in short order. Furthermore, carpet beetles are difficult to eradicate once they’ve established a foothold. From spring to early summer you can find adult beetles feeding on pollen & nectar around your home, whether it’s in Lathrop, River Islands, Escalon or Ripon it doesn’t matter.
Harmless? I should say not!
While the adult may look like a harmless ladybug of a different shade of color and like pollen and nectar, the larvae of these harmless insects can be quite destructive. The larvae of the black, varied and furniture carpet beetle enjoy feeding on a variety of food sources, depending on their species. These food sources can be natural fibers, dog food, dried meats, rice, mold spores and hair to name a few. The adult can be unintentionally brought in on flowering plants, or may enter through improperly sealed doors and windows. However, once inside they’ll lay their eggs near a food source, and once the eggs hatch the larvae begin their destructive feeding frenzy.
As carpet beetle larvae feed, they can leave behind clues such as frass (insect droppings) and cast (shed) skins that indicate the presence of an infestation. In extreme or neglected infestations, a buildup of old larval skins can even lead to skin or respiratory irritation caused from persistent contact or prolonged inhalation of the larval hairs. Therefore, it is important to contact Valley Pest Solutions at the first signs of carpet beetles to eliminate the infestation as quickly as possible.
Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to Thwart Carpet Beetles
If you’re serious about stopping carpet beetles in their tracks, integrated pest management (IPM) is the best strategy to employ. However, these methods don’t always prevent the carpet beetle from invading your home or business. IPM is ultimately a data-driven pest control tactic that relies on regular inspections to understand the extent of the problem.
Valley Pest Solutions maintains records of insect population levels and outbreaks. And in doing so enables them to deploy the most effective solutions for the situation at hand while achieving top-notch results.
Why Choose Valley Pest Solutions?
With over 30 years experience, Valley Pest Solutions has established itself as one of San Joaquin County’s most celebrated pest control outfits. Our commitment to top-tier results, amazing customer service and environmentally friendly practices has earned us consistently positive feedback on Yelp, Facebook, Google and others.
Stake Your Claim to Superior Pest Control Today!
When destructive insects like carpet beetles threaten your home or business, contacting Valley Pest Solutions of Manteca, Salida, Escalon, River Islands and surrounding area is your best bet. Call us today at (209) 354-8782 to schedule an inspection and see why we’re the go-to pest management professionals in San Joaquin County.