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Old 01-03-2007, 9:23 AM
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We had some in our last house and had it fumigated straight away as I didn't know what they were and panicked. Sorry if this has been said before, but I read up a bit and it seems that the bugs like anything of animal origin, leather, wool (carpets and clothes) etc. I can only afford synthetic material and plastic handbags these days, so maybe that's why I have escaped a further infestation!
Hope you manage to get rid of yours without paying out too much.

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Old 01-03-2007, 9:54 AM
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I too read several times that they only eat wool, animal fabrics etc, and like you most of my things are synthetic..... however I know that I did once read that they will eat any fabrics.
I've found a pretty comprehensive study of them here http://ag.udel.edu/extension/horticu...ent/ent-33.pdf
and in this they state that they will make greater damage in synthetic fibres because they eat more searching for nutrition.
I honestly don't know how badly we're affected - I've only spotted two of the 'adults' so far.
I'd prefer not to fill my home with yucky chemicals if possible - particularly as my youngest has asthma (rare, but severe attacks)
I'd be particularly interested in any essential oil products that might help (as I have a kit full ) So far it seems Cedarwood and clove repel (though some sources say cedarwood doesn't... and all our drawers contain cedarwood balls)
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Old 02-03-2007, 1:49 PM
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Hi the link below gives info about various beetles so will be able to identify which one you have also has ways of getting rid.

http://www.kendall-bioresearch.co.uk/domest.htm
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I too have started finding these the past month or so. I have killed about 4 or 5 adult beetles (usually found on my upstairs window sills, in the bathroom and bedrooms). I have had a good inspection of my airing cupboard, wardrobes, drawers and around the edges of my carpet (which is wool based!) and cannot find any lavae or shed skins.

I feel sick thinking about it now, whats the next plan? I read awful horror stories on the net about infestations and it makes my skin crawl. So far I have only killed 4 or 5 adults, I didnt even kill the first two in my bathroom becuase I thought nothing of them until I did a search on the net. They die on sight now. It makes me more sad as I try and keep my house spotless.

Someone mentioned some sticky traps and pheromone traps for the adults to stop them breeding, where can you get them from over the net?

I don't fancy using borax as it can get messy, also insecticide powder I am sure wont mix well with wool carpets.

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Old 17-04-2008, 7:46 AM
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hi,
i have also started to find what looks like carpet beetles, i did find them in the bathroom, and in the bedroom nearest to the bathroom (which has carpet that is due to come up for laminate.)
also by my leather suite in the living room would you class this as a infestation? :confused:
but i have just had cavity wall insulation (the wool type would this be a problem for me as with these creepy carpet beetles?)
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Old 17-04-2008, 9:23 AM
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also by my leather suite in the living room would you class this as a infestation?
I don't want to worry you, but have you moved it and looked underneath?

We have a woollen carpet, so have a problem with the case-making clothes moth. I've seen these poeple recommended, though I haven't ordered from them yet: http://www.pestcontroldirect.co.uk/acatalog/
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Old 17-04-2008, 10:54 AM
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I understood you had to be careful with Borax where there are animals.

I have never been troubled with carpet beetles how do they get there I the first place?

We get the odd silverfish and woodlice, don't know where they get in but apparently woodlice dry up and die if they aren't kept damp, they are crustaceans not beetles. We see a few dried up ones in our house.
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I sympathise with all who have found them as they are a bug ger to get rid of once they,re in. I had this in a former flat and you do feel your house is filthy, makes me shudder to think about it. This was in the local news at one point and on the t.v., one woman (at least) had become so obsessed she couldnt sleep , had thrown out most of her furniture and cleaned her house non stop. If I remember rightly, they did prefer to live around the edges of the carpet and where found inside the bottom of sofa,s ect. I used BOB MARTINS powder round the skirting boards. and vacumed thouroughly always emptying the vacum after. This at least kept them, if this is the right thing to say , at an acceptable level. I used to hear the beetles make a clicking sound (ears of a wombat) and wouldnt rest till I got the sod, Try not to let it get you down too much.
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I have never been troubled with carpet beetles how do they get there I the first place?
I read somewhere that the good old EU banned some insecticide a year or two ago, and carpet beetles and clothes moths have been multiplying ever since.
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I don't want to worry you, but have you moved it and looked underneath?

We have a woollen carpet, so have a problem with the case-making clothes moth. I've seen these poeple recommended, though I haven't ordered from them yet: http://www.pestcontroldirect.co.uk/acatalog/
yes have checked under sofa but not spotted them .
but having seen them mostly in the bathroom !!
but anyway just popped into my local dunelm and spotted carpet beetle in there . eeekkk
coming to think of it i used to buy the feather replacement cushions.
still thinking of buying some borax but have got a dog that is into everything!
many thanks to peeps who have helped me loads
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Old 21-04-2008, 12:42 PM
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Ewgh, thinking back I have found two very small beetle things over past few weeks, one on livng room window sill and one on edge of bath. I hope they just flew in when window open....... Heres hoping.
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I hoovered under my blanket chest today ( first time in a while ) and there's lots of little white oval case type things (empty, about 1-2mm wide, 6-7mm long), along with a lovely hole in my carpet. My first thought was moths, but I've tipped out everything that was in the blanket box ( including a wool bedspread) and I can't see any sign that any of it has been munched.

So is it moths, or is there anything else it could be? If it's something else, other than hoovering and essential oils, is there anything else I can do?

I've read the moth threads, and have started washing things just in case, but wasn't sure if I needed to wash the cotton stuff as well? (Paranoia has started to set in with a vengeance.)
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Might be carpet beetles:confused:

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How do I tell?
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
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Sounds like carpet beetles to me too. I've often found these when checking out empty accommodation (part of my job). They frequently flourish where there are heavy items of furniture that aren't moved very often.
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I just googled carpet beetle and found allsorts it certainly sounds like them.

I found out what was eating my carpet - it was the dog

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Some info here, with pictures:


http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/pests/e301w.htm
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They are the casemaking clothes moth.
http://www.andrewgreenpestcontrol.co...hes%20Moth.htm

We've got a wool carpet and found them and their damage under various pieces of furniture last year.

They like these dark places, and the main defence is to move the furniture and vacuum under it very regularly and very efficiently. There are pesticides designed for them but, as I understand it, the one that was really effective against these was banned by the EU two or three years ago, so what with that and climate change they are becoming more widespread. You could try these: http://www.pestcontroldirect.co.uk/a..._moth__39.html
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That means I'm going to have to empty and move the wardrobes then. And lift the edges of the carpets. Oh joy!
That'll teach me to only vacuum once a month.
Biggles - did you use a spray or was just the vacuuming sufficient?
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Hi elsien,

There are some links and advice on this earlier thread that may help:

Carpet beetles and borax

I'll add your thread to that one later to keep all the suggestions together.

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