We just heard from a reader who found some curious creatures around her house. They were on floors, kitchen counters, the bed, and in the bathtub. Here is a photo of the specimen in question:
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Our reader speculates that she has found carpet beetle larvae. We agree with her on this one, the specimen in the picture is definitely a carpet beetle larva. Now that we have solved the mystery of what the creature is, we will address how she can get rid of the larvae. Since she has a cat and baby at home, she would appreciate some treatment options that are safe for everyone. We have written several articles discussing natural ways to get rid of carpet beetle larvae, and we are happy to offer some non-toxic suggestions on how to get rid of these organisms. The good news: getting rid of carpet beetle is really only a matter of cleaning.
First, our reader should attempt to locate the main food source for the carpet beetle larvae and remove it from her home. Because she has found them in all of the rooms in her home, there is probably more than one source. Carpet beetle larvae feed on animal products and natural fibers, plenty of which are in a house (especially a house with a pet cat). Often the larvae reside inside a large furniture item made of natural fibers, like a mattress or a couch. Anything that shows signs of damage should be cleaned professionally or thrown out. Additionally, she can sprinkle DE (diatomaceous earth) on any items that might be infested. DE is made of fossilized diatom remains and kills insects when ingested. It is totally safe for humans and pets and can easily be purchased online.
Regardless of if she discovers the primary infestation source or not, our reader can focus most of her energy on a thorough cleaning regime. This includes vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, mopping, and laundering every day. Although time consuming and tedious, these efforts will eliminate food options for the carpet beetle larvae. No potential food sources for the larvae means no larvae! While the presence of these critters is no doubt unnerving, it is a relief that they are harmless to humans and pets.
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In conclusion, one of our readers discovered carpet beetle larvae in her home. The most effective way to get rid of these larvae is to eliminate food sources, which can be accomplished by cleaning!