Carpet Beetles are a High Priority Pest
Carpet Beetles are a varied type of insect that feeds off dry plants, chitin, dead skin, fur, and other natural fibers. These bugs live across the almost the entire world, including the Nearctic zone (North America). Their natural habitat includes bird and rodent nests, and also lairs of other bugs and spiders. Adults also eat pollen and nectar which means they can be brought into a home via wildflowers or other outdoor cut flowers. Interestingly, adult carpet beetles only have a 2-week lifespan. However, it’s their larva that are the culprits of a significant amount of property damage. The worms can have a development stage ranging from 3 months to 2 years depending on the conditions of their environment.
In the beginning, adults will lay their eggs in a dark place near a food source. The food source can range from being trash to an animal carcass. These eggs will hatch in a couple of weeks, and the feeding begins. These little guys will wander a significant distance in search for food and can take from 8 months to 3 years to mature. On the one hand, these bugs do not eat synthetic fibers. On the other hand, blends of synthetic and natural fiber carpet and cloth are still tasty to them. If your upholstery and carpet is part wool or cotton, it’s on the menu. This consumption can lead to unsightly damage to your upholstery and flooring, in the end.
How Can Carpet Cleaning Help?
You may be wondering how carpet cleaning can help against cloth-eating bugs. Hot water and detergents will kill the larvae, so if you have a problem, a deep cleaning can solve it. But, since these guys like to eat fur and dead skin, your best bet is to keep your carpets clean to reduce the chance of an infestation. People with pets may find themselves at a higher risk of getting carpet beetles depending on how much your animal sheds. As unsavory as it may seem, even if you don’t have a pet, people still shed hair and skin on everything. This reason is why routine cleaning can help deter these pests.
Regular vacuuming is a good thing, and it can help keep unwanted guests out of your home. However, it’s in your best interest to schedule a deep cleaning. Industry experts can help clean the areas that a residential vacuum may not reach with industrial strength equipment and detergents. Routine cleaning will help to deter these invading bugs by limiting what they want most: an abundant food source. ServiceMaster by A-Town/Hi-Tech will clean your area rugs, oriental rugs, drapes, upholstery, and carpets.
Carpet Cleaning Service in the Big Country Area
ServiceMaster by A-Town/Hi-Tech is ready to serve your needs. If you are experiencing a beetle problem or if you would simply like to have a professional cleaning, we’ll help. July is a great time to call on our services, too. Through July 2018 we are giving a 25% discount on all of our cleaning services. Experience the luxury of perfectly cleaned carpet, rugs, and upholstery by scheduling an appointment with us!