What to do about carpet beetles?
Although not quote as troublesome as bed bugs in most cases, carpet beetles can do significant damage to carpets, furniture, clothing and other fibers in your house. They do not bite, however their hairs can cause somewhat painful skin irritations in certain people.
Professional intervention is not typically required, and treating for carpet beetles is generally simple and inexpensive:
#1 - it's a good idea to invest in some inexpensive bed post interceptors. These are an incredibly reliable monitoring tool and preventative measure for carpet beetles entering your bed (that also isolate your bed from bed bugs.)
#2 - CiMexa
Cimexa (Amorphous silica gel) is a desiccant, or a non-poison treatment that kill bugs by adhering to their exoskeleton and dehydrating them. Unlike other highly toxic pesticides (which may take days or even weeks for their toxic properties to degrade bedbug populations), the desiccant powder dehydrates and kills the bedbugs before they are able to reproduce. These treatments are great because they are easy to apply, and is fatal to bed bugs but not harmful to humans (risks are extremely negligible if applied in accordance with the label). In fact, it is food-grade and FDA approved, as well as certified by the EPA for use in children’s daycares. It is even safe to use if you have pets in the house.
You can purchase a bellows duster to apply it, since bed bugs and carpet beetles can be hidden in many places including small crevices. Applying an even, light coating is best, since bugs will avoid large clumps but will walk right over a fine powder. Buy CimeXa here.
Not a carpet beetle? Read on to find out how to treat for bed bugs.
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