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    • Suzey
    • By Suzey 17th Apr 06, 9:11 PM
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    Carpet beetles and borax
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    • 17th Apr 06, 9:11 PM
    Carpet beetles and borax 17th Apr 06 at 9:11 PM
    Hello all

    Having just been made redundant I now have plenty of time on my hands! I have been spring cleaning this past week and have found some bugs in my wardrobes which I think are carpet beetle larvae. I feel quite sick and upset about it and am now frantically washing all my clothes at the highest possible temperatures!

    I have done some research and have seen that some people are recommending the use of borax to get rid of the beetles. Firstly, has anyone tried this and had success? Secondly, is borax harmful? I have two cats and will obviously keep them out of the bedroom when the borax is down but may not be able to hoover every little trace of it up again so they might breathe some in or get some on their feet and swallow it when they wash themselves.

    Thirdly, I am now paranoid that these beetles are everywhere and am thinking of treating my mattress with borax powder and hoovering it up afterwards. Is this likely to harm me? I've read conflicting stories as to its toxicity.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated. Indeed, if anyone has any ideas about getting rid of carpet beetles using other methods I'd love to hear them! I have built-in wardrobes and the floor inside is carpeted, but I don't have carpet anywhere else in the house. I'm going to rip this up and put some vinyl flooring down instead. Should I treat the inside walls of the wardrobe? If so, what with? I was going to spread the powdered borax around the floor after I'd taken the carpet up and then hoover it up the next day.


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  • IWannabedebtfree
    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.
    Last edited by IWannabedebtfree; 01-03-2007 at 9:28 AM.
  • Kazonline
    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
    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)
    Kaz x
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    • kal25
    • By kal25 2nd Mar 07, 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.
    Mrs Lea Nov 5th '11
  • Stormy

    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.


    Last edited by Stormy; 17-04-2007 at 8:29 AM.
  • the poppy girl
    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?)
    many thanks
    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 17th Apr 08, 9:23 AM
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    also by my leather suite in the living room would you class this as a infestation?
    Originally posted by the poppy girl
    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:
    • maypole
    • By maypole 17th Apr 08, 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.
    • teedy23
    • By teedy23 17th Apr 08, 12:09 PM
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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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    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 17th Apr 08, 2:05 PM
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    I have never been troubled with carpet beetles how do they get there I the first place?
    Originally posted by maypole
    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.
  • the poppy girl
    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:
    Originally posted by Biggles
    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
  • sparklygirl1
    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.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 3rd Aug 08, 1:30 PM
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    What's eating my carpet?
    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.)
    Last edited by elsien; 03-08-2008 at 2:04 PM.
    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.
  • Icemaiden
    Might be carpet beetles:confused:

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    • elsien
    • By elsien 3rd Aug 08, 3:00 PM
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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.
  • Olliebeak
    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.
    • Sunnyday
    • By Sunnyday 3rd Aug 08, 3:06 PM
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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

    Good luck!
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    • Iguana
    • By Iguana 3rd Aug 08, 3:08 PM
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    Some info here, with pictures:
    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 3rd Aug 08, 3:31 PM
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    They are the casemaking clothes moth.

    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: _case_bearing_moth__39.html
    • elsien
    • By elsien 3rd Aug 08, 4:30 PM
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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?
    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.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 3rd Aug 08, 5:29 PM
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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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