Carpet Beetle & Moth Exterminator Near Seattle

How to get rid of Moths and Carpet Beetles in Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma, Bremerton & Puyallup.

The most common fabric pests are carpet beetles and clothes moths. Each group includes several species. Some beetles live outside and come inside to lay their eggs. Others stay inside all their lives.

Carpet beetles

 

Carpet beetles are pests you do not want in your home. These tiny insects (about 1/10 of an inch) burrow into various types of fabric and damage it. They can also damage certain types of food. In either case, a significant amount of damage may occur if the problem is not taken care of quickly and properly.

How Does a Carpet Beetle Infestation Begin?

 

Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen, so they thrive outdoors in our area. They enter homes in a wide variety of ways, so it is a good idea to check the following areas of your home to find and seal cracks that could provide these insects with entry:

  • Under doors or around door frames
  • Vents or screens that are coming loose
  • Windows and window frames
  • Electrical conduit entrances/chases
  • Plumbing entrances/chases

What Are the Signs of a Carpet Beetle Infestation?

 

You may not notice carpet beetles until you have an infestation. The adult beetles cause no damage but are typically the first sign people notice. You may see the spotted or black beetles scurrying across your floor or baseboards as well as in window sills. The larvae can be more difficult to spot.

Larvae feed in dark, undisturbed locations on a variety of animal products such as wool, silk, leather, fur, hairbrushes with natural bristles, pet hair, and feathers; occasionally they feed on stored products such as certain spices and grains.

They don’t feed on synthetic fibers. In clothing, they tend to burrow deep inside fabric fibers to feed on them, destroying the fabric as they go. If you see either carpet beetles or larvae, you may have an infestation.

Why Should You Choose Us for Carpet Beetle Prevention?

 

Once an infestation begins, it is very tough to stop. Preventive maintenance is important, so make sure to vacuum carpets and rugs regularly. Check silk, wool or wool blended clothing in closets on a regular basis. Dry clean these items to remove food stains and perspiration—these attract carpet beetles.

Discard old expired food items rather than letting them sit in the pantry. These preventive measures may not always be foolproof, so contact Whitworth Pest Solutions as soon as you suspect you have a carpet beetle infestation.

Our expert technicians are trained to recognize the signs of carpet beetles and have excellent tools and resources that allow them to eliminate the pests. As pest experts, we are committed to not only treating the problem but solving the problem through inspection, treatment, and education.

Contact us today to have a highly-trained carpet beetle exterminator analyze and treat your home.

How Do I Know If I Have A Problem?
You may have a problem if you see adults or larvae in your home. Carpet beetle adults and larvae are sometimes seen crawling on walls and baseboards, while adult clothes moths are usually seen flying in dark areas of the home, away from light. Often, the first evidence of a problem is a hole or other damage found in clothing or fabrics.
What Do Carpet Beetles And Clothes Moths Look Like?
Adult carpet beetles are tiny (less than 1/3″ long) and have a light colored pattern on their backs. Larvae are light yellow and very hairy with long hairs on the tail end. Adult clothes moths have up to a 1/2″ wing span and are dull grey. Larvae are up to 1/2″ long and may produce webbing. The larvae usually are found only on the material they are feeding on.
Do Carpet Beetles And Clothes Moths Attack All Fabrics?
Fabric pests only attack items containing the protein Keratin. Keratin is found in animal hair (such as wool), hides and feathers. Wool carpets, wool-covered furniture, animal hide wall hangings, wool blankets, clothing and furs are the items usually damaged.
What Damage Do Carpet Beetles And Clothes Moths Cause?
Carpet beetles and clothes moths have similar habits. They frequently attack hides and furs that remain in one place for some time. The larvae or adults eat the backing off of wool rugs, furs, animal mounts and clothes made from animal fibers. They often damage carpet under heavy objects. On clothing, holes are most often found under collars, in cuffs or in other dark places.
What Can I Do To Prevent Carpet Beetles And Clothes Moths?
Materials likely to be attacked by clothes moths should be kept cleaned and exposed to sunlight frequently. Wool clothing, blankets, and furs not worn regularly, should be stored with mothballs or flakes in tight containers or closets. Floors, baseboards and vents should be kept clean. Cedar chests and closets help repel, but will not control carpet beetles and clothes moths.
What Can I Do If I Continue To Have Problems?
Give us a call and we’ll find the solution as to how to get rid of moths and carpet beetles in your Seattle home. We can assist you in eradicating these pests. We’ll help you identify the problem areas, suggest corrective measures, and treat your home if necessary.

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