I have been having trouble with something eating my cotton shirts in one closet. Do I need to treat anything other than the closet? No evidence of any problems on area rugs or any other fabrics or in any other closets. In fact the closet is double hung and only the clothes on the bottom hang rod are having problems.
If you read through our CARPET BEETLE CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn that it’s always best to treat as much of the home as possible when treating for flying pests like carpet beetles. This is due to the fact adults are highly mobile will relocate throughout the structure when looking for a new place to lay eggs. Left untreated these areas can and will develop into major problems. To avoid finding out later you should have treated it’s almost always best to just do it all initially and be done with it.
In the article you’ll also learn the larvae of carpet beetles (which are the ones that do all the damage) love to live just under carpeting. One of the more common locations for them to gather is right up tight to the wall. Clothing directly above these areas are almost always at risk as would be any furniture in close proximity. To treat this problem you’ll need to go with any of the liquid materials we have featured in our article or one of the aerosols like the MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER. It’s well suited for small areas like a closet and should be used every 2 weeks till the problem is gone. Once under control, you can revert to quarterly applications to make sure they don’t come back and rebound population wise.
Lastly, installing some CARPET BEETLE TRAPS can help monitor any activity you may have missed. If you find activity in areas which weren’t treated, be sure to get an application down if you want them gone for good.
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