A reader recently asked us, “What is a household product good for getting rid of carpet beetles and carpet beetle larvae on my scalp and hair.” She didn’t send us a photograph or describe the creatures, so we assume she is positive that they are carpet beetles and carpet beetle larvae and not some other type of specimen.
Carpet beetle larvae are common household pests that feed on a wide variety of items found throughout a home including animal products such as felt, feathers, leather, wool, and even human hair. Although it isn’t very common for carpet beetle larvae to camp out in your hair, it does happen and there are several home remedies that our reader can try. Although these larvae might cause some irritation, they shouldn’t cause our reader any serious health issues. Of course if she is truly concerned about her health she should skip the home remedies and see a doctor who is licensed to administer medical advice.
One home remedy our reader can try is washing her hair with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is toxic to these beetles, so it should effectively eliminate them. The same is true of cedar oil, which will dehydrate and suffocate the larvae. Other oils that people have used to get rid of carpet beetle larvae on their scalps are eucalyptus oil, neem oil, and peppermint oil. We do not know which of these home remedies is the most effective, but we encourage our reader to try them out. Besides getting the carpet beetle larvae off her scalp, our reader also might want to look into making sure her home is free of these annoying pests. She can check out one of the numerous articles we have written about getting rid of carpet beetle larvae in a home.
To wrap up, a reader asked us about the best household product to get rid of carpet beetle larvae on the scalp and in the hair. We have provided the name of several oils that people use as home remedies in these sort of situations. We wish our reader the best of luck!
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