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Salt Lake City’s Ultimate Carpet Beetle Control Guide


September 10, 2021

Because Salt Lake City welcomes new ideas, it is open to however you want to spend your time relaxing. Whether you crave luxury in the wilderness or pampering in a full-service hotel, Salt Lake City has a host of accommodations spread across the valley. Carpet beetles are not picky about where they lay their eggs. Whether fancy lodgings or a humble abode, they are ready to check-in.

carpet beetle larvae on a rug

Here’s A Quick Way To Identify Carpet Beetles In Salt Lake City

There are several varieties of carpet beetles, and many of them have similar characteristics and coloring. Being able to identify the nuances between these species is vital in combating them.

The three most common carpet beetles in the Salt Lake City area are as follows:

  1. Furniture Carpet Beetles: Adults are around 2 to 3.5 mm in length. Their bodies are round with black and yellow/white mottling of scales on the back and thick yellow scales on the legs. Eggs are about ½ mm, oval, and creamy white with spiny projections. The larvae are oval and covered with brown hair.
  2. Varied Carpet Beetles: Adults are around 3 to 5 mm in length. Their bodies are oval-shaped with very similar features as the furniture carpet beetles in that they have black bodies with mottled colors. Eggs are about ½ mm, oval, and creamy white with spiny projections. The larvae are tear-dropped in shape and covered in rows of brown hair.
  3. Common Carpet Beetles: Adults are around 2.5 to 3.8 mm in length. Their bodies are oval, primarily black, with white scales on the thorax. They have wings that can be orange to red down the midline with some patches of white scales. Eggs are about ½ mm, oval, and creamy white with spiny projections. The larvae are brown to reddish-brown with many dark hairs.
    Regardless of the type of carpet beetle, you find in your Salt Lake City property, you'll want to remove it quickly.

Little Known Facts About Salt Lake City Carpet Beetles

Adult beetles prefer to stay outdoors as they enjoy feasting on nectar and vegetation. It is when they enter a building that they become a problem. They can enter buildings through open doors and windows or on stored furniture and cut flowers. Once they gain access to a building, they will lay their eggs, and then the trouble begins.

Indoor areas that adult carpet beetles will lay eggs include:

  • Soiled cotton or linen
  • Wool products
  • Stored grains
  • Furs
  • Cereals
  • Hides
  • Horns
  • Feathers
  • Hair
  • Silk

Female carpet beetles can lay 40-90 eggs, and the eggs typically hatch after one to three weeks. Once the eggs have hatched, the larvae will move from room to room feeding.

Larvae can live in the following locations:

  • Baseboards
  • Molding
  • Heating ducts
  • Furniture
  • Carpets

Hatched larvae will grow through multiple larval stages and molt (shed skin). Property owners are usually unaware that they have a carpet beetle infestation until they see shed skin of larvae.

Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles Once And For All

Carpet beetle detection is problematic; they have an uncanny ability to locate food in inconspicuous places and can disperse exponentially throughout a building. Adult beetles can fly into various areas of a structure and lay a substantial number of eggs. Because larvae are tiny, it makes spotting them difficult. Another issue is misidentification. Carpet beetles are often confused with bed bugs. Misidentification can lead to property owners treating the wrong pest.

What Everybody Ought To Know About Pest Pro Pest Control

Utilizing Pest Pro Pest Control's expertise in identifying and removing pests is the easiest and most effective way to eliminate carpet beetles. We have been protecting the residents of Salt Lake City since 2010. Exceptional customer service and pest control that works is our goal. Do you want pest control that works? Call Pest Pro Pest Control today.

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