Carpet Beetles or Bed Bugs, Know the Difference.
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Are you finding small pests in and around your headboards, bed frames, mattresses, and box springs? Or perhaps you have pests in and around your rugs, carpets, book bindings, or fabric furniture? You might have a carpet beetle or a bed bug infestation. Both of these pests are tiny but can bring large amounts of devastation and frustration to your home. Not quite sure if you’re being affected by carpet beetles or bed bugs? Listed below are some of the main differences between these two pests in order to help identify which type may be making themselves too comfortable in your home.
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Signs of a Carpet Beetle Infestation
Carpet beetles are present in many homes without being noticed. In small numbers, they can actually be beneficial to your home in the sense that they are good at breaking down old organic matter and “cleaning up” after other insects, including feeding on dead insects, pollen and bird nest materials, and deserted stinging insect nests. However, carpet beetles are scavengers, and when carpet beetle population swells in a home, they can move on to eating household items such as rugs, carpets, book bindings, fabric furniture, skins and furs.
Carpet beetles are typically oval in shape, and vary in appearance of color including white, yellow, and black. Carpet beetle larvae are usually the first to catch a homeowner’s eye, as they are frequently striped and are covered in bristles, causing them to appear as furry. As these larvae mature, they will shed their “shells,” which is another common way that carpet beetle infestations are identified.
Preventing Carpet Beetles in Your Home
You can help keep carpet beetles at bay through frequent dusting and vacuuming and keeping your stored food items in tightly sealed containers. Also, due to carpet beetles’ attraction to pollen, you should also be mindful of any flowers and plants that are brought into the home. If you believe that your home has fallen victim to a carpet beetle infestation, our extermination experts at Anderson Pest Solutions can provide advice on how to get your home carpet beetle free.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Unlike carpet beetles, there is no benefit to having bed bugs in your home. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, are typically nocturnal insects, and will adapt to the patterns of their host, which is usually human. They live primarily in crevices and cracks and are especially fond of headboards, bed frames, mattresses, and box springs. Bed bugs also have the ability to move quickly on both horizontal and vertical surfaces, allowing them the ability to nest virtually anywhere in your home. Due to this mobility, bed bugs (plus their larvae and eggs) can be found anywhere and everywhere, from behind picture frames, to bathroom cabinets, couches and seats – anywhere that their hosts spend long periods of time.
They don’t typically cause much physical or structural damage to the homes that they infest but can be a bothersome due to the fact that they bite. Some individuals will notice the bite or bites right away, and others may take days or weeks before becoming aware of the situation. Bed bug eggs are only 1 millimeter in length and develop into an adult bed bug that measures around 1/4″ in length. Bed bugs have oval-shaped bodies and are reddish-brown in color. These pests multiply rapidly, with adult female bed bugs laying up to five eggs per day, typically taking 7-10 days to hatch.
Treating Bed Bug Infestations
Since bed bug problems are closely associated with box springs and mattresses, one of the greatest defenses against these pests is using a protective mattress encasement. As for treatment, chemical and or thermal treatments have been proven to be the most effective. If you believe that your home has fallen victim to a bed bug infestation, our extermination experts at Anderson Pest Solutions can provide advice on how to get your home bed bug free.