Carpet beetles are tough pests to control because of their ability to find food in obscure places. Sanitation generally works better than the use of insecticides. Carpet beetles eat lint, hair, dead insects, and other debris. Regular and thorough cleaning of rugs, drapes and other locations where carpet beetles congregate is an important preventive and control method. Frequent, thorough vacuuming is the best way of removing food sources as well as carpet beetle eggs, larvae, and adults. After vacuuming infested areas, dispose of the bag, because it can contain eggs, larvae, or adult insects.

Thoroughly laundering washable items in hot water or dry-cleaning them will kill all stages of these insects. This is the most important method for controlling fabric pests in clothing, blankets, and other washable articles.

For items that can’t be washed. heat or cold can usually work. Small items can be placed in the oven at 120 degrees for 30 minutes. Larger items can be placed outside under a clear plastic drop cloth. This will get the temperature over 120 degrees and should handle the problem in an hour or two. Placing the item in the freezer for 2 weeks can help as well.

Carpet Beetle
Carpet Beetle Larva & Adult