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How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles

15 Sep

How to get rid of Carpet BeetlesCarpet beetles larvae

Know your enemy

Carpet beetles and carpet moths are not the same thing. This is obvious when you consider the adult pest, but the larvae are often confused. The damage the larvae inflict is very similar, but the treatment required to deal with them differs.

Adult carpet beetles are oval-shaped and difficult to spot as they are only 2 to 4mm long. As is so often the case, it is the larva that does all the damage. These are mostly brown, with white or yellow markings and are covered in short, bristly hairs, hence their well-known ‘woolly bear’ moniker.

Adult beetles dwell mainly outdoors, but after mating, the female searches out a place to lay her eggs. A prime location is a disused birds nest that may be in your loft or lodged in a chimney, or some loose blankets or carpets that lie undisturbed. These places provide an abundant supply of food for the developing larvae, whose diet focuses on any natural material such as hair, feathers, wool, cotton or linen. Once the supply runs out the larvae will search for food anywhere in your home to satisfy their voracious appetites. Considering that the larval stage can last up to three years, an enormous amount of damage can be done in this time.


Before you go on the attack

As always, prevention is better than cure, so removing the potential food sources is the first objective. Clear eaves and gutters of debris, throw out unwanted carpets and blankets, store natural clothing in plastic and make sure it is clean. Keep vacuuming, paying attention to carpet edges and cleaning under furniture and long curtains. This removes potential food sources and the constant disturbance will make it less appealing.


Weapons available

In addition to general housekeeping, there are a range of insecticidal products available that you can purchase to get rid of carpet beetles for good. There are insecticidal sprays and powders and also fumers or smoke bombs to reach the more inaccessible places.


SX Minismoke for Carpet Beetles

Blitz Kit for Carpet Beetles

Blitz Kit for Carpet Beetles

Protector C for Carpet Beetles

Protector C for Carpet Beetles

Oa2ki Powder for Carpet Beetles

Oa2ki Powder for Carpet Beetles







  • Follow the instructions and products below to get rid of carpet beetles in your home.
  • Remove any pets from the room you are about to treat.
  • Apply Residex P to the underside of the carpet, particularly around the edges and beneath the furniture. The product is in a puffer pack for ease of use.
  • If you prefer an insecticide free method of control, Oa2ki Powder is perfect, apply as above.
  • Protector C can be applied in the same way to the edges and underside of your carpets, but can also be sprayed directly onto the beetles and their larvae when visible.
  • If you also use Smoke fumers such as the SX Mini-Smoke, follow the instruction that is supplied with them. These are useful as the smoke permeates places that are hard to reach with powders and sprays. We offer a number of different sized smoke bombs choose the one suitable for your room size.
  •  If you prefer there is an easy to use all in one Carpet Beetle kit that contains all you need along with full instructions.
  • It is advisable not to vacuum for a week after applying insecticide and if infestation is still apparent to give a further application.


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