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How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles can damage your carpet, furniture, and clothes, so take action to get rid of these household pests.


  • Step 1: Find the source Inspect your home for larvae or shed skin. Carpet beetles like to feed in dark, secluded areas. If the infestation is contained, remove infested material.
  • Step 2: Vacuum frequently Vacuum your carpets, drapes, closets, and under furniture frequently. Eggs that are laid indoors occur in lint accumulations.
  • TIP: Vacuum along baseboards and edges of carpeting where carpet beetles like to feed.
  • Step 3: Prevent entry Prevent entry by checking your windows and air ducts for openings.
  • Step 4: Apply pesticides Apply pesticides as a last resort. Bedding and clothing should not be sprayed, and read all labels before applying.
  • TIP: Check with a pest control company to find out the risks of using pesticides in the home.
  • Step 5: Contact pest control Call your local pest control if you want an experienced professional to remove the pests.
  • FACT: Did you know? Not all beetles are household pests – ladybugs are considered good luck in many cultures.

You Will Need

  • A vacuum
  • Pesticides
  • A pest control company (optional)

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