Bald patches on a carpet, a more common sight in older homes, are often disregarded as being as a result of heavy foot traffic, and indicative of it being time to purchase new carpet. But did you know that these bald patches can also be caused by a much more sinister problem? Bald patches for us in the carpet cleaning industry is normally the calling card of the carpet beetle, a small organism that amazingly has the capacity to eat and digest natural fabric carpets!
Carpet beetles are commonly found in carpets with a high cotton or wool percentage, feeding off the protein still prevalent in the fibres of these types of carpets, and can multiply and damage your carpet very quickly. Carpet beetles are very similar to silverfish in the way that they eat and breed, nesting in dark areas where fabric can be found, using it as a source of nourishment, then set down a nest.
Carpet beetles are also fond of silk, and can often “jump” from carpet to fine, silk curtains effortlessly. If you do have silk curtains and have noticed any bald patches on your carpet, then it is advisable that you inspect your silk curtains for any larvae present. The larvae are no bigger than a pine nut, and will often be found in clumps attached to the fabric.
What can I Do to Prevent Carpet Beetles?
Carpet beetles arise from poor maintenance of natural fabric carpets, and regular vacuuming and removal of stains as they occur is vital for prevention against these beetles from appearing. These beetles do not pose any health hazards – their effect is purely cosmetic – so heavy cleaning compounds are not required.
I Think I Already Have Them, how do I Get Rid of Carpet Beetles?
If you are under the suspicion that you have a carpet beetle infestation, it is important to vacuum thoroughly the area in which the bald patch has started to occur, and any places where it has spread. This will remove many of the beetles, however, the main problem is the larvae, which is hard set into the fiber, and will need a much more thorough cleaning process to remove the nest.
Jena’s Carpet Cleaning can boast of extensive experience in the treatment and refurbishment of carpet beetles, and the damage they have caused. We have provided tailored solutions for carpet cleaning Melbourne wide, and are available on call 24/7 for your total convenience. Call us today on 1300 887 131 to obtain your free quote, and let us revitalise your beautiful carpet to its pristine condition.
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