Signs of a Beetle Infestation
There are many types of beetles some beetles may cause you a problem whereas others will not, seeing the odd one or two beetles should not be cause for alarm however if you suspect you have a beetle infestation contact us on 0800 092 1979
The first thing to look for to check for a beetle infestation is for beetle faecal pellets and their shed skins. You can also expect to see both adult and larvae forms of carpet beetles.
Generally adult carpet beetles tend to be an oval shape and not much bigger than the eye of a needle. They can come in a variety of colours but usually they are some form of grey and black or brown and patterned.
Carpet beetles roll over when you touch them and they are slow movers
Carpet beetle larvae tend to have brown lines running around the body and have long hairs towards one or both of the ends
Carpet beetles can feed on a variety of different animal-based items, for examples leather, silk, wood and animal hair. Because of this carpet beetles tend to infest things like carpets, fabric based furniture, coats, blankets pillows and clothing. Carpet beetles rarely infest synthetic based fabrics but if the fabric is covered in sweat, oil or food then they can infest these as well. Infestations of carpet beetles can spread very quickly.
Adults tend to feed on plant matter like pollen and nectar when they are outdoors. Larvae will eat seeds and animal foods or other products such as flour or sugar in the kitchen. Adult carpet beetles can live well outside or inside, but the females will lay their eggs where food is abundant so their larvae are able to feed well. Carpet beetle infestations can be brought into your home through windows, doors and small opening or on cut flowers and things that often brought inside and outside the house.
Adults and larvae like undisturbed and darkened areas to feed. For this reason identifying, an infestation can prove to be difficult. If you suspect a beetle infestation then contact us and we can come and investigate for you.
Deathwatch Beetle – Xestobium rufovillosum
The deathwatch beetle sounds more fierce than its name suggests. It gets its name from its distinctive ticking noise, almost implying impending doom. They tend to be a red or brown colour and they will lay their eggs in wood or timber surfaces. In our homes or businesses, it resides in hardwoods and oak timbers. The deathwatch beetle larvae can be harmful to your property as they tunnel into wood where they can lay their eggs and stay for years. Specialist treatment is necessary for this particular pest.
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