The Varied carpet beetle is a common type of beetle that is known for its affinity for feeding on items composed of wool, silk, fur, and other materials that are commonly used to make rugs.
Carpet beetle damage is often mistaken for damage caused by clothing moths or common wear and tear. Early stages of carpet beetle infestation can easily go undetected. You may not notice their presence until it is too late.
Infestations form quickly because these beetles will lay eggs in or near your rug. Female beetles can lay 50 to 100 eggs on average. The larvae do most of the damage to your rug, feeding on the keratin and chitin in the natural fibers.
Once your infestation has reached this advanced stage, the infestation can spread to other parts of your home where similar fabrics are.
The Best Way To Deal With Infestations
The best way to deal with infestations is through prevention. It is important to regularly inspect your rug for signs of early carpet beetle infestation.
Carpet beetles are attracted to certain odors that can be removed through professional cleaning. Avoid putting your rug in an area that exposes it to excessive perspiration and moisture.
If you are not using your rug, make sure you are storing the rug properly. Mothballs and similar products can be effective if used properly.
The most effective way to effectively prevent carpet beetle damage is to get your rug professionally cleaned regularly. Most oriental rugs require cleaning at least every 2-3 years. Professional rug cleaning will kill any eggs or larvae on your rug.
If you don’t catch a carpet beetle infestation early, the beetles can cause permanent damage to your rug. You will notice the damage along the edges of your rug or small holes throughout the body of the rug.
In order to repair this damage, you will need to take your rug to be professionally repaired. At Khazai Rug Cleaning, we have over 50 years of experience cleaning and repairing rugs. Call us today to schedule a free appointment