Do not let this type of bugs’ name fool you – they do not stop at eating only your carpet. You can find the insects in your pantry, crawling on your curtains, in your closet, storage space, or inside the laundry room.

Even if you don’t have carpets, it definitely doesn’t mean that your home is safe from these irksome bugs. These insects are a common pest nuisance to homes, warehouses, retail businesses, and museums. In fact, they are what museum curators’ nightmares are made of.

If you are someone who:

  1. Has seen tiny bugs crawling around your house eating everything in their way;
  2. Has spotted bugs that resemble ladybirds but are clearly not;
  3. Is trying to specifically get rid of carpet beetles.

… this article is perfect for you.

In the UK, there are several types of beetles that can infest properties. The Black carpet beetle, the Varied carpet beetle and the Furniture carpet beetle.

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How to identify carpet beetles in your home

The Black carpet beetle – this one is the largest and is less similar to the other two common beetle species. It can reach up to 1 cm and is entirely black or dark brown, and unlike the others, is not round in shape.

The Varied carpet beetle – is the smallest one, barely reaching 0.25 cm. It has a round form, black or brown in colour, with white flecks on the back.

The Furniture carpet beetle – is a little bigger than the Varied carpet beetle, reaching up to 0.5 cm.

Carpet beetles inhabit dark and secluded places both indoors and outdoors. This means that there might be a growing population of carpet beetles right under your nose, without you even noticing. The clearest sign is seeing adult bugs roaming freely in your home, or catching them while they munch on the food in your pantry.

Other signs of infestation:

  1. Damaged fabric such as clothes, carpets, furniture, curtains.
  2. Shed skin and faecal pallets – both will be near their hiding place.
  3. Dead carpet beetles. You can find them in the pantry, wardrobe, on carpets, basically anywhere.

Carpet beetles don’t bite people. If you get a rash, it’s an allergic reaction to the beetles’ blood or the larvae hair.

How to get rid of carpet beetles?

As we discussed earlier, carpet beetles feed on everything, including dead insects or rodents, so they can live for years in your home without you realising that there’s a problem.

Step 1. Identify where they come from

Carpet beetles, like any other insect, enter through gaps, holes, open doors and windows. The first thing you must do is to find out where the bugs are coming from and block their entryway.  If it’s through your windows or doors – install a magnetic door screen and regular window screens.

If you discover that the insects are coming from holes or gaps – seal them.


If you know that there are wasp or birds’ nests nearby, have someone remove them. Carpet beetles often find animals’ nests to be the perfect living accommodation and if there’s one near your home, there is a high chance that the bugs are coming from there.

As for your home, after blocking the entry points, make sure you vacuum your house thoroughly and dust all surfaces to eliminate dirt, hair, lint, and dander.

Step 2. Find all their hiding places

Carpet beetles love eating your pantry food. Pantries and kitchen cabinets where you keep poorly stored food provide the insects with the ideal living conditions they could even want – darkness and food. The bugs will eat anything in its way – pasta, cookies, sugar, flour, crackers, etc.

After discovering an active carpet beetle infestation, you’d want to get rid of them as soon as possible. If you don’t want to hire a professional to treat the beetle infestation there are some natural extermination methods that you can try out.

The insects prefer to eat natural fibres. If you have a fabric that has been munched on by the pesky bugs, throw it away. Don’t even bother thinking of a way to fix it. It would be best to collect all affected items, put them in plastic bags, close them tightly, and throw them away.

Their favourite natural  fabrics to feed on are:

  • Natural cotton
  • Pure clothing items
  • Lint
  • Silk
  • Wool
  • Leather
  • Fur

Check the recommended temperature for all of the items before laundering them to avoid damages.

Check your closet thoroughly, gather all pieces of unaffected clothing, sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and towels and launder them at a high temperature. This should be enough to kill the eggs and any larvae hiding in the fabric.

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How to get rid of carpet beetle larvae naturally

How to get rid of carpet beetles with essential oils

  1. Neem oil – it’s can kill various insects at any stage of their life cycles by entering their bodies and damaging their hormonal and functioning system.
  2. Cedar oil – dissolves larvae and eggs, dehydrates and suffocates adult beetles.
  3. Eucalyptus oil – the carpet beetles perceive the pungent smell as hazardous and avoid it at all costs.
  4. Clove oil – like the eucalyptus oil, the beetles will not go near the smell of this type of oil.
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How to get rid of carpet beetles with Diatomaceous earth

The white powder is harmless to people but not to insects. It works by dehydrating the bugs, thus killing them, no matter of their life stage. To use this method, first vacuum the entire house thoroughly and then sprinkle some of the DE around your home, concentrating on the carpet beetle hiding places.

How to get rid of carpet beetles with borax

You can use boric acid as a powder or as a homemade spray against carpet beetles. Again, vacuum your entire house before sprinkling the borax.


Do not sprinkle boric acid on dark coloured carpets as it possesses bleaching properties!

When nothing else works – hire professional exterminators

If you don’t feel like dealing with nasty bugs, why not just hire a professional exterminator to get rid of the creepy crawlies for you? With that being said, Fantastic Services is here to save the day with expert carpet beetles treatments for your home. If you are not 100% certain that you have a carpet beetle problem, you can get a professional inspection after which you’ll be informed if you need treatment.

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  • Carpet beetles are a dangerous type of pest to have in your home, as they can cause serious damages.
  • To protect clothes, store seasonal clothes and blankets in tightly closed bags or containers.
  • To save your food items from a bug attack, keep everything in plastic or glass containers with lids.

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  • Last update: October 2, 2020

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