Steps on How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles

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You have to clean as best as possible, bag all clothing, and you can even set it aside if you don’t need it, MAKE SURE IT’S AIR TIGHT. Than set your toys aside or belongings like electronics and search them thoroughly, and I would bag them, and than inspect the rest of the room. The tv should be fine alone, but use a flashlight if you can. Maybe a 200 lumen or up.

Than check every crack in that room , especially boxes, wall cracks, and YOUR BOXSPRING on your mattress and your mattress, and you may need a cover for it or steam, or even spray it with safe spray, and use protection as pesticides cause breathing problems. Just spray in the boxspring follow directions. I use Bug Stop from Spectracide. WHATEVER YOU SPRAY Either do it in areas unused, or clean that area after treatment and always evacuate after using pesticides. You COULD use diotamaceous earth food grade, and you could YouTube that. I’ve had bed bugs and carpet beetles.

Don’t be afraid, fight back. Plus check adjacent rooms in your house and clean laundry. Be safeThey do not sting, do not bite, nor do they “throw” anything!The adult beetles feed on plant pollen. The larvae feed on natural fiber, such as cotton, linen, wool, as well as pet fur that has shed onto the floor or bedding. The “ball” you are probably referring to is actually fecal matter poop and will be the same color as the material it consumed.

White t shirt and jeans under the bed for a week?White balls on the jeans and tiny holes in the tee. Yep, carpet beetle larvae munched your Tee and pooped your jeans. The threat to humans?The larvae have tiny hairs that many people have allergic reactions to: itchy skin and eyes, runny nose. The damage is to your belongings: keep everything picked up and vacuum, vacuum, then vacuum again!Check window sills often: vacuum!Take down curtains, wash. Use a crevice tool on the vacuum and get every corner of the house, ceiling to floor!Behind wall decor and lamps.

Ceiling lights, closet, shoes you haven’t worn lately, purses, etc… It’s a maddening battle. Our house became infested from a single old picture frame I bought at a garage sale. The battle continues…I just found this site and read that you have been going thru this for 5 years!I feel so bad for you. You might have see ems!They are a gnat that you can not see!They are so tiny but they have big wings that you can see in the day time if you are near a window. I am battling them right now along with carpet beetles and drain flys!My daughter moved back to town and we remodeled her house and that’s where all my problems came from. This has been going in since sept of 2017.

They bite me something terrible but not my husband. Him and my daughter think I am crazy and suggested I seek mental help and that really upsets me!I am not crazy and I clean and vacuum my carpets and furniture every day or we could not live here!I had an exterminator come and he sprayed my base boards but it did not work and I had another one today and my husband ran him off and told him we had nothing in our house so the battle is still up to me but I have no idea how to get rid of any of this!I am worn out cleaning every day like I am spring cleaning my house. I use to have a beautiful home but it is all torn up due to all these bugs and I do not understand my husband at all. I think we will probably end of divorcing because he is really turning me against him for not helping me get to the bottom of this. He does not see anything so he does not believe me but they are very much alive and breeding in my house!Are you still having this problem?I know it’s been awhile since you posted this but was just wondering!I am hoping for light at the end of my tunnel!Kim Ross… That is terrible!I feel for you. He doesn’t understand because he cannot “see” them himself.

I can’t say that I would not possibly feel the same way if everything seemed perfectly normal and I simply could not see what the other person was seeing as well. That would make it very tough. I hope that things have gotten better for you. I have carpet beetle that I cannot see but this past winter I had these weird looking spotted beetles coming out of one of my heater vents in the floor. I could not understand what they were.

However they were black and yellow and you could see them. I never seen one fly before though. All as I could see in my vents were pieces of carpet fuzz. I have not noticed anything more other than the fact that I have mice in my house now. I have killed one and have another one.

This is the first house that I have ever bought and owned on my own. It has new carpeting and nobody has even lived here for a couple of years before it went up for sale. This morning I noticed a small hole in the corner of my bedroom carpeting. It’s about the size of a silver dollar and leads to nowhere. Therefore I know that it was not a mouse that made the hole to burrow into.

The hole was underneath a small box that I had in the corner that I hadn’t moved in quite a while. The hole was prettty clean for the most part and there is nothing in it but a little bit of dust and grit. I never thought too much of it since I stopped seeing the beetles after I got cleaned the vent out. I haven’t seen another one anywhere but I do have a lump of fuzz inside of my heater closet along with a bunch of mouse crap. Now I know where they are all coming from. I’m going to Lowe’s today to do a lot of patching underneath sinks and in the heater closet.

Thankfully I do not have pets yet and have been wanting to get a small dog as I love animals and haven’t gotten one yet because I work all of the time lately. I cannot believe the nice though. I live in the city and keep a clean house although it does getting a little messy throughout the week. I don’t leave food around and things like that though, I haven’t noticed any holes in any clothing or anything like that either. It just goes to show you that there are so many different types of bugs and stuff that it’s good to be overly clean and to spray and keep up on this stuff all of the time.

This website has changed my life… !I am not afraid. I just want it taken care of is all. And will just clean and clean and clean. I may even call an exterminator out here if I have anymore issues after this and cannot keep these under control myself. I don’t want a house that I cannot feel at home in. A person should be able to sit or lay on their floor and watch tv and not be afraid.

I prefer the sofa but just saying. I do not have bed bugs. I would definitely have those sprayed or get a new mattress or something. That would be crazy. I could not sleep in my bed if I knew that there were bugs on it. I looked after I had read about them on here.

I’m off to clean. Good luck to all of you. I seriously have lived in some poor homes in my lifetime too and never remember having problems like this before. We would spray for spiders outside in the spring but that was it. Sometimes get the house e terminated for termites… I do not ever remember anything like carpet bugs or bed bugs for that matter.

All as we would get bitten by was mosquitos in the summertime. Now my body is itching. I better get going. I hope that you all find a solution to your problems or have already. This month is one year since I have lived in my home.

I’ll come back and let you all know what happens. Thank you all for the help, stories of the issues that you’ve had too and what you have or are planning on doing about them. I am grateful for all of you. No they just burrow into your skin. There is nothing you can tell those of us who know.

I have the scars to prove it. These things adapt to feed. They start from an outdoor beetle flying into your home. They lay eggs and if allowed to grow like a goldfish in a bowl it grows according to it’s environment. At first sight I wasn’t being attacked they would just crawl on me then after about six months they adapted and begin to burrow into my skin, and later for other members of my family.

It depends on what is in a person. When crushed a clear liquid comes out. I have studied these things for over two years with the help of infectious disease control. If you search NIH. god you will find that certain insects are attracted to some medications in the system like prescription pills. Hi not sure if your are better yet.

However I just had this and the doctor thought I was crazy when I told them I had carpet beetle in my scalp and skin… I came across a blog for drawing salve and it work like magic. The bugs came coming and ,coming and coming out. You take 2 oz of nutmeg ,1/8 borax mix add 1/4 ovile oil,1/8 apple cider vinegar and tablespoon of water. Mix for a minute and microwave for 30 sec. Stir and let set until it is cool enough to put on you skin.

MIX AND USE PLASTIC OR GLASS CONTAINER. Metal soon does something weird to the mix. Once you have it one you see and feel movement . Take a rubber spatula or what you can use to scape the mix off your skin the mix is not super thick and you see thing come out you well not believe continue to scape and put the mix on you until desired. I got so much out of my arms.

Couple while beetles. My new feckless were not feckles. yuk. There is a relief good luckSo do they look like lint?So recently my clothes are getting covered in fuzz balls, feel stings n when I look there’s a fuzz/lint ball. I’ve taken pictures and you can tell there is something in fuzz ball.

Like it wrapped itself up in fibers. There’s way too many lint balls to be bugs or even eggs. Is it possible it’s their poop?I have found adult black and varied carpet beetles. Going crazy looking for bed bugs. Thought I had them and some pics I’d gotten were same color n close to shape as bed bugs.

I lifted my mattress, not a single bug, found a molted skin in seam of mattress but it could very well be a beetles too. Been washing clothes in borax as I have chew holes in them. I take pics constantly trying to identify n to prove they’re bugs and that I haven’t relapsed especially with marks all over. Super sensitive skin. Oh yes Sister, they do sting mightily.

But I’m inclined to think it maybe one of their friends that these RugRats bring in with them. The white morphing puffs that will not die, not even to be torched, they come out pure white. They leave string and yarn fibers everywhere in fact I thought I was picking up a piece of yarn and it was a bug. I’ve got pictures of a variety of bugs and their fuzz in multi color. It depends on what they eat, if its pink then they and their fuzz are pink. I’m not educated on these bugs yet but they are fascinating to take interest since we are right there 24/7 cleaning and trying to take back our home.

Some people have thicker skin and don’t feel it, no offense, my husband is that way. If you. have difficulties with this I will send a pic of my feet and ankles, we don’t have fleas, so far anyway. My back get stung too, not often, but I’m, only on day 6 of trying to get rid of them. Good luck everyone. I appreciate hearing others experiences.

I found some under my dogs kennel. They had a piece of dog food they were eating. As soon as I picked up the kennel and saw them they burrowed into the carpet out of sight. Thinking quick, I grabbed a bottle if windex and poured it on the carpet. It has never harmed any carpet before so I wasn’t worried.

Imagine my surprise when the little beast surfaced immediately and promptly died!I don’t know if plain water would have worked or if it was the amonia that did them in but it is cheap and safe as long as you don’t mix it with other chemicals, and never mix ammonia windex is ammonia and bleach as that makes a poisonous gas. But where you’re young, you should ask your guardian and atleast bag up and try to treat fabricated items. They go everywhere, I use DE from home depot, its a light dust that will cut through their protective coat and dehydrate them. Ask your guardian, FOOD GRADE though, nothing else, and make sure its for bugs. Other than that keep very clean.

They will bite too so take away their hiding spaces by picking up. Good luck, ask your parent to act on this, as they will eventually infest. The most important thing though, if you have stuff under your bed, check it very thoroughly , very very. Thats where my infestation started was under the bed storage. They love it, so if you do, dont be afraid, the bugs won’t just bite, their very very slow, they can’t fly only adults can, just squash them suckers. Good LuckYes, the larva can irritate your skin.

I am being tested to find out out if I am allergic to carpet beetles and their hairs that stick in you. If I take a hot shot. I have black thick course hair emerging from my skin. Plus I feel like cactus thorns in my back. They irritate my skin so bad, I have dermatitis.

My face has so many sores and lesions on my arms and back. I am embarrassed to go in public. I have had this for year. I found carpet beetles,moth flysdrain flys,small clear flys,halter flys,termites!I lived in a apartment with black mold!Did not throw away all belongings!I can smell that mildew smell. Can this be my problem ?Why, do I have so many insect problems.

I live in apartment. Lived here for 3 years. The insectroblem started a year ago!My itching, bold patches of hair , rashes , lesion!Help!No doctor can find out what is wrong!Thank you TrishTrish. Would like to hear an update to your multiple pest problem. Massive invasion of black beetle with their 4 stages along with tiny white flies and clear flies. Living in motorhome in driveway.

At present house is not habitable. Each day repeating the same thing over and over…. clean, vacuum, laundry, throwing away clothing and towels whenit is no longer useable. I WENT IN LAST WEDNESDAY AND HAD BLOOD DRAWN AND STOOL CHECK. SHOULD FIND OUT TOMORROW ON JUNE 8TH.

We really need your input into this full blown infestation. Let us know your ststus. Appreciate what ever you can do. Thanks…. from kari inHello Trish. I am having the same symptoms as u.

I have been to my Dr. The called the psyciatric unit on me. the said u must b on drugs…I submitted to a Dr test. And walked the fuck out. Never have gone back. I too am scared to death.

My landlord thinks I am nuts. I don’t visit my family because I don’t want anything spreading. I have several videos of my arms face back my hair is infested with slimmy shit. And whit eggs…my son came to live with me. Bcauze I am so freaked out.

He too is experienceing the same symptoms. I am 56 disabled. it is so hard to keep up with cleaning and washing necessary to have a lil piece of mind. I called housing authority. And public health.

The both said the don’t see anything but roaches and rat droppings. well if these things live on dead animals and insects. then are living Hi off the hog in my apartment. please update me on ur symptoms…I need some guidance. plz answer me. thk u.

I was going crazy trying to get rid of these pests. Professional help was a waste of money. Finally I sent my wool rug to cleaners for two weeks. They promised on that time they would have debeetled it. Then I got hanging moth and beetle killers and hung in all closets.

Then I bought Bengal roach spray in big red can — about $15 at Home Depot. I sprayed every nook and cranny, every baseboard , around electric outlets. I threw out all house plants and containers. I made sure no food was out anywhere . Finally I locked up and went away for two weeks, making sure to spray luggage so I didn’t take critters with me.

When I returned NO CARPET BEETLES. I will never be without Bengal again. Good luck to you. Chrystal, read all comments which are helpful. I tried using neem oil on my legs as the carpet beedles larvae I think were eating at them. it helped to a degree.

they get in my hair and upper body as well. under 1 toenail. I got dermatitis and got some cream which cleared it up but not fully. i also used rubbing alchol on my skin and you could see them fall on the floor. i still have the static sensation on my legs mostly . also they are in my bed, i use sticky roller to pick them up.

they seem to be in everything. i bought some moth balls and put in my drawers in dresser have clothes in zip lock bags but could still feel the sting of them when i open drawers. also put moth balls in my leather couch tonight. not sure if it will work, but on package says it will kill carpet beedles. i had pest control company come in and sprayed three times to no avail. this is after they identified as carpet beedles.

i am at a loss as to how to get rid of them i also put de dust in cracks around the baseboard and in couch. helped to a degree. keep cleaning and sweeping. i also found if i sprayed mattress with windex they seemed to fly/fall to the floor. good luckMy my!You have no idea. There are different types of Larvae just like different color bugs.

Some are white and some are brownish, do not handle without some type of tissue or cotton pad, doused with bleach or ammonia. It needs to kill it first. Even then, I’d wait to pick it up until it is dead. Some say the hairs are the only thing that stings. Black crpt btls.

Sting when you squish them. I’m going to look up what kind of food smells attract them. It says in this article that SOME foods attract them. I saw a comment a girl made about having her fecal testing done, then realized, shit is this what killed my 17 yr. old cat?!?What about the cat I still have?If we don’t vacuum ever few days the problem comes back.

We have storage already, and need to store what we have in boxes here in this 1 bdrm apt. to get rid of this issue all together. I read it could be from living in the trees, but we didn’t have any issues until the neighbors next to us and below us changed. The one next to us, actually across the hall, but in the trees too 3rd floor since the trees are quite Close to our bldng. and it is so beautiful to look out my windows!The neighbor across said she was moving because of the bugs ” from the trees or someone else ” and that’s when I figured out why after 4 years all of a sudden we have to constantly check up on and vacuum lots!They like dust too. One time I pinched a brown larvae skinny and like connected dots, segmented body like ones I have seen before, with a small piece of tissue and I had a burn like you wouldn’t believe, it blistered and the skin under my nail and on the tip to the halfway to the knuckle was white and hard so I just had to leave alone until eventually it peeled off on its own.

I woke up my husband freaking out from what I jut read. At least I know we aren’t infested. Also, some eggs take 130 days or so, or larvae stage,one or the other. I forget. So if you see bugs, or have sudden feelings of stings, burn, blisters, or tingling to numb feelings it is likely carpet beetles.

They are very common, esp. In apartments I’ve been reading. They do this thing when you vacuum where they go UNDER the area of suction, under on the cement, until you are done vacuuming and then go back up to eat carpet, hair, and skin. EI once pulled up the carpet’s edge near my cat’s bowl, and saw one of the skinny brown chain link looking worm larvae!It was fast as hell and hid immediately I saw in burrow into the carpet to escape me. I get so pissed thinking of my kitty being in harm’s way.

I think she’s smart enough to avoid them after once stung on her paw. The sad thing is she spends so much time on the carpet. I will pay with my cc to get movers to take boxes down to our apt’s storage, then to have my carpet green cleaned, then we all go away for a night to have my hubby go and pour diatomaceous earth food grade btw, and push it to the bottom with a firm brush I will buy and let it dehydrate all of the bugs and larvae it finds so we go back early the next day to vacuum up the dead from the war. Yes!Victory is near. Like the one guy above me said, ” fear not, but attack instead,” or something like that.

After all, we are much larger than these little pests!Ps I used peppermint oil on the door and window ledges, also, where I could I put duct tape anywhere that was an opening especially in the window openings closed for the 110 degree Phoenix summers!then they were gone. We slacked a couple of weeks and I saw a larvae in our laundry basket so I figured, bad news!I hate not having screen doors!Once in a while I just want fresh air so badly and I FORGOT until I read this again, that they fly in and lay eggs!Didn’t I read they lay a hundreds of eggs on this page?OMG. gotta go fight!Bonnie, you are not the only one. It is real. There is an answer. Im as torn apart as the rest of us on this site but we will survive.

Yes, I’m tired of cleaning, vacuuming, alcohol wipe downs, ammonia in the laundry and on the floors, the stings, the never ending watch and look constantly and the rest. It seems like no one cares. I don’t know if you have read any of my blogs but at one point I felt as if I were dying. These pests from the darkest pits in he’ll drained my strength and energy everyday for the last 6 months. My mission is far from being gone.

It is somewhat manageable at times but we can’t let up one moment from the constant cleaning routine. Relax… we never can. We are living in a small motorhome in our driveway. The house is still infested. We managed to remove carpet and pad from 2 bedrooms and the hallway but found the sub flooring infested. The living room and family room are in waiting.

Not able to do. We are just maintaining and holding on a bit longer. We thought of leaving and walking away but could possibly carry even a few out someway, somehow. We still might since the home owners insurance does not cover anything to do with damage that pests do. Better go back to chores as we speak.

Will check this site several times during week. Please know you are not alone in this battle. I too had carpet beetles and they were on my skin and felt like grit and little fish hooks. My dr told me I had scabies and the meds did not work for scabies. I started using D.

E. food grade, and Borax. Put the d. e. on the furniture, under the cushions and inside the tufts of fabric.

I put Borax in the rug and threw it on my custom draperies and swags left it there for a week, then vacuumed it and added it again. Took 12 weeks to get rid of them. Now have exterminator here to make sure they are gone. Dogs got all messed upfrom them and we used DE on the dogs too. Borax burns if not dissolved.

Anyway, went to the er and the DR there said I was having such a severe allergic reaction to them that they wanted to admit me. I said no way I have no MRSA now and dont want it. They gave me steroids and antibiotics and told me to clean the house with bleach and vinegar and that borax and de were good for bug repellent and killer. so good luck. It is true that they will burrow into the surface of walls and ceilings, especially in my case drywall coated with textured / ‘popcorn’ plaster.

In the spring, tiny plaster bits shed from the ceilings and walls, along with casings. I constantly vacuum the area I can reach much of our house is open concept, 2 1/2 story cathedral style walls. Floor to ceiling at highest point is in excess of 28′ high…without a platform riser, I can’t get to those areas. Holding a vacuum cleaner while teetering atop a 24’+ extension ladder would be risky for anyone. And I am notoriously clumsy!I shower at least 2x day when they start emerging, as the plaster dust causes intense itching; probably due to the casings and larval hairs.

I also vacuum the furniture and floors daily to keep residual to a minimum. We had our carpet replaced with hardwood last winter, so I am hopeful we will be able to eventually cut down on the population. Our last kitty passed away last fall age of 21, and we will not be adopting more pets until we know the carpet beetles are gone. The last 2 years she was always itchy and having ear infections. The vet didn’t have any suggestions, but I suspect she was suffering from allergic contact. CB’s of certain varieties love shed pet fur and dead skin.

Btw: we had the entire interior painted 6 months prior to the onset of ‘hatching’ this season. Based on the long life cycle, I suspect that being painted over did not kill the eggs / instars that have been hatching. We also had our entire central a/c heater unit replaced interior and exterior; the ducts cleaned, also found a bird nest blocking the clothes dryer vent at roof level; causing dryer lint to accumulate in the laundry room: cb love dryer lint!Keeping them out of clothing, a couple of tips is to immediately launder anything that has food stains or other “organic” stains sweat, urine, fecal…be it from baby or pet or… as this will be a cb magnet. My daughter had sent over covered plastic bins of baby clothes to store for her. A couple of items had not been washed thoroughly and the entire bin became infested.

Most “Rubbermaid” type storage bins are not air tight, so it may be advisable to seal items in bags before placing in bins. I have also found that the larvae can easily eat holes in sandwich baggies…so I am still looking into what type of bag I can use. I’ve been placing items in heavy duty plastic bags with “ziplock” style closures, placing those in sanitized plastic storage bins and adding aromatic cedar blocks to the bins before closing. It’s too soon to determine the effectiveness, but I’ll try to keep you posted. a note regarding prevention: I’m pretty sure my problem started when I was an avid thrift store and garage sale / flea market shopper. Despite cleaning everything I buy before bringing it into the house, just a couple of eggs or larvae can cause a massive infestation!Remember to check everything you bring into your house; vacuum as often as you possibly can and concentrate on keeping areas where your pets hang out especially clean!Don’t allow dirty laundry to accumulate, especially if it has any food or organic spills.

Be aware of your ceilings and walls, especially if you have drywall / plaster. Vacuum any dead bugs you see, as they are food for cb larvae. try to keep cobwebs to a minimum, especially along ceilings and walls. Those with live spiders can be helpful in controlling larvae, if you can tolerate spiders. My jury is still out on that one!I still have adult children moving in and out, so it’s hard to keep the house de cluttered, but I know that will be the most important part of getting rid of these pests!Keep household dust to a minimum…it is made mostly of dead skin cells and other organic material. Good luck to all!Sherry, I have been using a sticky roller on bed frames, under bed.

I am getting a lot of bugs on roller. have done it 10 20 already today and still getting some. hope this works. I am spraying couch plus underside with windex then using swifter pad to clean the carpet beedles up. they don’t like windex.

I am not saying it kills them, but they move pretty quick. they do like to get into anything and everything. don’t forget to clean pictures on wall. they seem to congregate there as well. try it and see if it helps for you. I know this all seems absurb, but it works.

I even use sticky rollers on my kitchen counter tops and it picks them out. I wish I could find something to keep them off my body. they are definitely worse when I go to bed, they seem to gravitate to my body. I read somewhere that they put cantharidin into body when they sting you. I saw your post and decided to try straight ammonia.

It kills them!I have completely soaked all our dressers especially all the seams and cracks with a spray bottle and the beds. I cut holes in the bottom of the mattresses and sprayed it right in there. I did the pillows and bedding and all the clothes and am in the process of doing the rest. I even found every possible crack that might lead to the area under the roof and sprayed it. I tore all our carpet out months ago but got all the cracks in the floors and around all the lights.

The beetles, the larva, the mites, and the brown gunk just disappear, after you spray a lot of straight ammonia at them. I’m going through a lot of ammonia, and it may not be healthy, but I’m winning. I killed 2 in 1 day one in my room and found one in my room 2 days ago. I have 2000$ worth of stuffed animals but it would take forever to clean all off them just in my room. Then I have another big bin filled with stuffed animals in another room. I think I know how I brought them bc I taped nice flowers on my journal and I will throw it away and tomorrow I’m doing a big clean out but I’m scared that I may have an infestation.

I kept my journal under my bed and now I have too move my bed to clean under and I have to clean my mattress. Just saying I clean all the time Idk how this happened and I’m terrified of sleeping and just a tip check ur hair scrunchies. And a full towel closet to clean filled with my towel and I have to throw away my sanitary stuff bc I don’t want an infestation. I’m getting sprays and moth balls. Any other suggestions?All stuffed animals can be washed in the washing machine with hot water.

The only thing is that not all of them can be put in the dryer. Put all your stuffed animals in garbage bags with a pest strip. Tie up the bag. Then clean your house. That includes vacuuming, mopping, wiping down window and door frames and washing ALL bed linens including pillows.

I would spray your box spring with pesticide and then steam clean your mattress early in the morning so it will be dry at night. The next day wash your stuffed animals in the washing machine and let them dry on a towel on a wood, laminate etc. floor that way you can see any residual larva If you have a balcony or porch you can do the same thing in the sun and the stuffed animals will dry faster. I have a 1500 square foot home and two young children. It’s a pain, but you have to do it if you want to live bug free.

Also, you need to first set off bombs in your ENTIRE home. Because you have so much stuff, you see them a lot, but I promise you, they have moved from your room to other places in the home. Bombs are not that expensive and if every one in your house leaves, you can return in about 4 hours, and air out the house for 30 minutes. I know this was posted 1 year ago, but may be helpful to someone… I have read that items such as linens or stuffed toys can be treated by placing them in airtight plastic bags and putting them in a sub zero freezer for at least 48 hours. If you have no access to sub zero, then a home fridge freezer can work: store in airtight plastic bag and place in household freezer for 1 week. Remove do not open bag from freezer and let it reach room temp.

Place back in freezer for an additional week, then it should be free of any viable eggs or larvae. I have been doing this recently, but it is too soon to report my personal success or lack thereof. I’ve seen the same instructions posted on multiple Websites, so I’m hopeful it will work. If anyone has experience with this process, I’d be grateful for feedback!My young daughter noticed a segmented worm like creature on the floor boards of my home. I put my daughter to bed, vacuumed everything including couch then sprayed insecticide on every item that could be ingested by the carpet beetle from my top stair down. I mopped the floors with a water and ammonia mix.

In the morning I had my daughters out of the house as quickly as possible, rented a steam cleaner and cleaned everything, carpets, couches, love seat etc. this was also to remove the sprayed pesticide to avoid skin irritation I mopped the floors again with ammonia and then mopped a second time with pinesol to cut the lingering odor. I then used a liquid insecticide around the baseboards and floor vents. I later found out that carpet beetle larva can use vents to travel so I cleaned the vents and used the the liquid pesticide around the vents on the floor and walls. I found out that moth balls will kill most insect larva including those of the carpet beetle. So I put moth balls some are marketed that don’t have the musty smell in my closet, under my bed, 2 inside my kitchen garbage can and 10 a week in my outside garbage can because the adults can fly and can easily fly from outside garbage can into your home.

I would also suggest making sure when you have the doors, windows open that you use a screen and use a steam cleaner every month for about 3 months on carpets and furniture. I also vacuum 2x per week instead of 1x a week now. Next time, I’ll install wood or laminate and get a leather couch!I have a leather couch and it is invested with carpet beedles. I have put boric acid through and under couch, but it still doesn’t kill them all. I vaccum a lot, but they are still here. I have a boxspring and mattress protector, but they don’t fit properly, so I think they are living in the mattress.

tried putting borac acid in between mattress and protector. still have them. sometimes I get stung and other times I feel them jumping on me especially on legs, I feel a lot of static on my legs from I believe the hair on the beedles. had my house sprayed a bunch of times to no avail. I am at my wits end. not sure what to do anymore.

if I didn’t see all these black/brown things on my bed, couch, countertops etc. I would think I was crazy. NO!Don’t go with the leather!I had to throw out a $4. 500 custom leather sectional…it got infested from the sneaky little bastards that hitched a ride on my kitty. It was less than 1 year old.

I put it on the curb on bulk trash pick up day with a warning note for ‘curb shoppers’ we live in an upscale estate development, so it’s common for people to forage nice “looking” goodies on trash day. I used to be one!Someone didn’t heed my note and I pity the person who brings it into his or her home!I feel even worse thinking that someone may have purchased this pristine looking leather sectional from whoever took it from the curb. Beware the bug in cow clothing!The larvae LOVE leatherJay, I hope you had luck with eradicating the cb problem. I am curious to know how you made out. Just FYI…. From what I read, carpet beetles DEFINITELY EAT LEATHER, so I don’t think it’s a good idea to get a leather couch.

I just had my leather sectional removed; it was full of holes all over, even in between where two sections meet. As others above posted, doctors, landlords, exterminator, etc. think I am crazy!I haven’t had any new “bites” since my sectional was removed. Exterminator sprayed SteriFab I’m not convinced that its effective for carpet beetles and he put down glue traps. Over three days, NOTHING showed up.

That was in January. I’m freaked out over this and afraid to buy a new sofa. I plan to have my carpets steam cleaned because that is supposed to kill eggs, larvae, etc. Good luck to all. They burrow in somehow leaving a dark black spot, then thete are other spots that are roungband look like rust. I have used de in the beginning.

Now I use anything I can get my hands on, mostly Home Defense bug spray and Lysol. Vacuuming has no effect on them what so ever. I do tons of laundry everyday all day but never get caught up. My husband doesn’tsee or feel a thing. I was thrilled to hear other people had them in there carsnot that they had them, just to know I wasn’t alone,these beetles have turned my life into a nightmare.

But I’ve never been bitten. The things in my carpet change shapes and CANNOT BE VACUUMED UP AT ALL. When I spread fibers apart they look like a thread but then they disappear time and time and time again. Gotten rid of kitchen food once when larvae were found in cabinets. Pest control people laugh in my face and tell me it is ashes etc… Love tried them all. I was just curious , how are they eating floor?I have found nics and missing slivers of wood and while spots on my floors.

tonight I noticed black things on my kitchen walls. I read about that, but never paid much attention. I have had this problem for a few years as well. it really is horrible. put boric acid around baseboards in cupboards, but gotta be careful so my son doesn’t see it or he would flip.

he thinks I am crazy. they wont stay off my mattress, which makes it difficult to sleep. I keep reading this site to find out what elsee I can do. I hate being so uncomfortable in my own home. good luck to all of usQuestions wants to converse?Anyone is welcome to ask, comment, learn, teach, freak with me anytime. 24/7 really.

UPDATE…It’s been almost a year ago when John and I first encountered the horrific presence of cb, white flies, mites, super bugs whatever and the four stages of their life cycle. Too much, Too hard, Too fast. We are alive and mostly well. Reading back on a few of the blogs I did on this site I could still feel my fear and my desparation. Through all of our “knowledge gained” we applied, use, tried and tested most all. THANKS to Google for “letting” me rattle your brains out and understanding my long winded inquiries.

Your Amazing. As of today John and I are still living in our Motorhome. John’s house “sits ” we can only maintain it. After Johns back surgery in March we are planning to hit that bucket list. For now clean, clean, keep clean, reclean all. Text Me if need @ two zero eight, 870 2102.

J and Kari in Springfield, ORThe product comes with other numerous benefits but we have been alone to deal with this problem. People thought was in our minds but I have proved it through the help of God. This past Sunday I had the mat peaceful day lying in my bed. Nothing crawled on me, and nothing bit me. The full story with evidence will be included in my website with pictures of the damage that I will spend many months bleaching. The important thing is that we now have hope.

For years no one has cared about our struggles because most people aren’t affected. There is a hormone in our bodies that they are attracted to. Headed to patent. I will provide the information by Friday. What is your web site?I want any pertinent info I can get.

I have been dealing with this for a couple years. No one believes me and no one helps me. It is very time consuming… and disheartening when all my efforts have been to no avail. The little boogers are munching on my house now. I have had exterminators 4 who wouldn’t Know a carpet beetle if it bit them pun not intentional. I know more about it than they do !I have tried borox, bombs, sprays and I vacuum all the time.

It is so depressing because I know eventually all my stuff is going to be ruined and I don’t know what else to do or who to call. A glimmer of hope would be a major blessing. Hi Patt This is Trish. I have not been on this web sight for a long time . I have been using Lice shield .

It has a bunch of different kinds of oils in it. I still get bold spots all over my head. When I wake up I have blood crusty sores. People think I am a druggy. Do to the sores on my face.

When I go out outside I get attacked by all specially the little tiny white fly’sflies,moths, and gnats. It’s crazy!I am a magnet to them. Like I have a lot of static electifiy. I have also noticed I get shocked all the time. I am not sure if that has anything to do with it?I have the carpet beetles attacking for over 4 5 years now!My boyfriend stays at his house every night. His sores and itching has stopped.

He feels much better: more energy, stomach problems went away and the list goes on. Any body that comes in my apt. They start coughing, nose plugs, have a hard time breathing . My cat has asthma really bad. She has a few sores.

I have seen a few baby carpet beetles on my countertop. I see the big ones outside on my patio trying come into my apartment. I have so much pesticide on the patio. It doesn’t do no good. I put a few fly trapeze in my room. Def.

carpet beetles, black and grey ones, fly’s that look like mosquitos . I am becoming OCD. Just to get some sleep. Due to the itching, crawling sensation, and stinging. I have to take anxiety meds. Doctors think I am nuts!I have seen them.

They are little white/green worm on my skin. They like the moisture around your mouth. They don’t like The tanning beds!I fried them. I just go back to my apt. And they get on me again !Every is day a battle!Good luck every one!Try the lice shield it does help through the day. The night time is the unmanageable!Thesr little pests infested a hole in my mattress last year and made a nest it was so gross!I couldn’t sleep for weeks even after I got a new bed.

They can also damage clothing as I had that issue as well. Funny o never saw them in my room until I started inspecting my entire house weekly ad my daughter had reports of bed bugs in school. Vacuuming totally helps I shampoo my living room rugs frequently. I have also lined all my draws and closets with cedar as well as spray a natural bug spray cedarcide every time I chang beds weekly and vacume. It’s made with cedar oil and doesn’t harm children or pets.

I also have the outside premises of my home sprayed as these bugs do come in for outside. I have found a few here or there with the humidity. But it can be controlled. From what I have been told from several bug guys these pests love certain types of soil so spraying outside can kill the many that you don’t want in your home. Cleaning is definitely a key component especially if you have pets.

I am seen to be killing the tiny black beetles that eat everything, including floors and synthetic clothing, with straight ammonia. I just put it in a spray bottle and go. It may not be healthy but I pulled up and tossed all the carpeting and found that the beetles had eaten through the dang floor!Anyway, you have to douse all the cracks in the floor and furniture as well as the base boards. They will also be in all the cracks of lamps and lights, on top of doorframes, under carpeting and linoleum, under your house, in your ceiling, around the toilet, and in a million of cracks and crevasses you didn’t even know existed. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum and use raid blue can foggers. Not just once.

We had to fog the car 3x in 6 weeks. Also vacuumed everyday for 6 wks. Also a car wash pressure washer to get out the dead yuk from everywhere. Example, my rubber around the windows were really caked. Clean back of car where spare tire or tire tools are stored and also look for any tiny rips in the fabric in the ceiling of the car.

Also wash all windows everyday. Clean the places under seats, between seats, visors, seat belt areas, all vinyl. We add sprayed alcohol 91% lightly at night and morning. It was so bad we even had to use a Raid spray blue can product and sprayed various places in the car and on ourselves with a product with 75% deet in it. SAVE YOURSELF. TAKE YOUR CAR IN FOR AN ULTIMATE DETAILING.

THEN do what we did for 6 weeks. Even if you don’t see any yes they are still there. Good Luck. Finally after all of this the last two car trips we had no issues. Watch what is on your feet. They do not like intruders from other places.

Try changing shoes which are clean when you can. It’s a sick way of livibg life. We are both beat up mentally and physically. Only God keeps us going. From Eugene, ORHi, I just found this site and I’m SO GLAD!I thought I was seeing things but I now know that MANY other people are having almost the same problem as me.

I have black worms/larvae in my ENTIRE HOUSE!I’m so grossed out I cry daily. I’ve noticed, blavk beetles white eggs sheds black worm larvae that look like they are swimming through my carpet. I’m trying to sell my home and I’ve been remolding it so stuff is everywhere. I have wash every single item in my closet and drawers and that was before I found out that I have this infestation. I now have to wash EVERYTHING AGAIN because I had laid all of my clean clothes on my couch before I placed them in new clean space bags. The eggs, etc are now in my bags of clean clothes.

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I also have ?gunk in my eyes ‘ looks like eggs ‘ and they have been hurting/itching me to the point that I thought I was going to Polk them out!The itching is horrible no relief at all. I have no family / friends I could stay with or I’d get the hell out of here while I try to kill these things. I’ve also noticed a few big roaches and big big slugs!What the crap!As I’m writing this I’m spraying my entire body with alcohol, I’m wearing a plastic cap, and catching eggs bettles larvae with with duct tape. I too am fighting the carpet beetle battle but I DO have an answer for the slugs!Put some full strength ammonia in a spray bottle and spray the little bastards. Yes, I know it sounds to simple, but it works. It is so satisfying to watch them curl up and die.

I had them horridly in my last home, so bad that when I came home at night after work, the outside of my house looked like a horror movie. I stumbled upon the ammonia trick. Within two weeks of nightly slug hunts, I was free!Then I just had to spray once in a while when I saw them return. I hope this helps you. I think slugs gross me out the most, more than beetles. First, i had them in my house, then i was ok, cause we cured the problem with boiling borax laundry detergent with water and make sure it gets dissolved good, and my husband sprayed everything from topof the ceiling to furniture,youve got to our they will just hide and come back.

…i left the house and went and stayed with my mother in law, while he was doing this, he sprayed atleast 6 times soaking everthing. Well, every time i would get in my car i would start getting stung by something, my husband soaked and sprayed everything in my car last night with the Borax mixture. These things have caused a lot of damage, and alot of mental down periods for me. I’m ADHD and it’s just intensified my problem. But now they are gone, but i still am looking in every corner, every seam in my clothes, it’s terrible. But good luckHi Kari, I live on Alabama, I GETTING TO GO HOME TODAY!After I told you to boil the Borax laundry detergent and make sure it’s diluted, cause there’s salt or some kind of salt substance in it.

Like I said me and my dashhound moved in with my mother in law, my husband soaked everthing. I mean everthing , floors, ceiling erc…. furniture the creases the carpet, baseboards, he did this treatment for about 6 7 times in a 3 day time. Well, he put a dent in it a BIG dent, that’s what the pest man, a friend of ours by the way told us to do, I went to inspect they was gone. Then the next day what did I see hiding in the sunshine I my carpet. … Those black carpet beetles, just a few, I broke down crying like a baby.

So, we called our friend the pest guy who’s been in the business 27 years and he came in with his little flash light and inspected and looked up at me and said “Walter put a big dent in them”…. but long story short he sprayed and we had to stay out of the house for 3 days. . i just went and inspected myself and NO BUGS, NO LARVAE, nothing. … I’m so happy.

It costed us 195. 00 for him to do this and then he’s going to come out once a month and continue to spray. I’m going home. And I don’t care what nobody says those things shoot off some kinda of spore that was stinging me like a stingray on my feet, I got burns from it…. so sorry to tell these people they may or may not be allergic to them … but they do leave damage not just mentally, but physical sites on body. I’m in the stage of taking down everthing and washing them in borax the mule team laundry detergent.

I’ve had to replace a few things but it’s because I feel better if they was replaced. …. This had been a fight. And honestly I almost had a nervous break down, cause even at my mother in laws I thought things was crawling on me. Didn’t bother my husband, and it don’t bother some people.

…… but it did me cause I already hate ANY kind of bug and just the thought of them in my house was absolutely driving me insane…. Now I’m busy putting my home back in order. …. i hope I helped. Good luck!!And I love it when my friends say it’s all in your head. …lol….

i wanted to knock em out. But they wad ignorant of the situation…. but anyway. . I’m on my way home.

. lolHey Mia, well i have gotten rid of yhe carpet beetles. I WAS wrong carpet beetles does not bite, ive read up and the carpet beetles unfortunately brings MITES that’s right …… Brown hard shelled mites these was what was biting me…. ive recently had to go to the ER…. and i was diagnosed with scabies from the mites….

this has been a nightmare……they DO NOT bother my husband, just me and my little dashound…. BUT we have started to kill them with Permethrin 13%…and youve got to double the dose when mixing it to kill the scarbotic mite, cause we kept spraying and spraying my car and thinking…. why in the hell are they still here…. its because they are soooo hard to kill…. we started killing them a week ago.

THANK GOD…. im still sleeping in my one and only chair, i just can’t seem to ease up…. but i have come to realize it doesn’t matter how clean you are…. cause I’m a clean freak…. people get these problems and its just called life…even though I’m being tortured.

But IT has gotten better…. so…. that was what was biting me all along…its terrible…. but get the Permethrin and go to town and dont forget…. too much is not enough….

good luck and God Blesshi, im having a huge problem identifying my problem. i travelled and when i came home within 4 days developed a welt and allergic skin reaction. the dr said scabies , i used permetherin 5 days and it helped but the reaction kept coming back. i thought it must be bed bugs but havent seen 1, however i do see red dots on my floor, baseboard and sheets. I have found a black carpet beetle and cast skins from the larvae unless that was bed bugs skin. they look so similar, idk.

I have pco on the job. theyre using excitr and igr and the problem is improving but im so frustrated with this. Is it scabies, is it bed bugs or is it mites on black beetles that are causing my pimple like rash?im so miserable and consumed. I use tea tree special shampoo by paul Mitchell for my hair…. then the whole body……………. for inside the house spectricide from Walmart, Home Depot or Lowe’s…………….

take all pets out…. start at end of house and close the windows and doors as you spray all corner, floors and windows and cracks………………. then close up and stay outside for the day…………………. then go back inside later and vac everything…………. see anything again do the same thing again……….

we burn wood, I saw what I thought was a tiny bee…. no it buzzed…. and I showed it to a hunter and he said a fur bug…………. nothing I had would kill it for sure…………. tiny dots of black eggs that you can’t see……………today took all the wood outside……….

cleaned everything good and sprayed with summit permacide “p” concentrate……1 part liquid to 19 parts water and mix and spray with a sprayer…………. has to be used within 24 hours………but next time I will use half of each as that made too much and I had to do the outside porch and driveway with it. HeyJosie, How goes your carpet beetle issue. I’m so desperate Im asking any and all people for HELP!. IF I can’t get some positive I’m put soon my fiance and myself will be in a tent. NO B.

S. either. This carpet beetle infestation has now totally taken over our house. We have been staying in various motels in are area. Have had 2 pest control companies, contacted local extension service, have been seen twice by medical professionals and I look like a porcupine with all the welts, bites and pings from the Super Bug.

I still have them in my nose, ears, bellybutton, eyes, throat, bottom of feet, cuticles and now my bowels. I’m told they are not real, all is okay by two medical personnel. I couldn’t make this nightmare up if I tried. I’ve tried every imaginable method possible. Today last method to usrHAVING ISSUES WITH HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE.

SENT pics last week of devastating damage these creatures have done. Waiting for them to report back. Kari, I have same problem and I can’t find any solution. Everyone thinks I’m crazy, and actually, this made me crazy. I spend all day cleaning and bagging my house, combing my hair, using garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, anything. I’m desperate, I don’t want to leave house bcse I think people see them all over me, I threw out ally clothes and.

And my three boys and husband are slobs and think. I’m crazy and fight with me for cleaning so much. I’m depressed and I don’t even go anywhere. I swear they are allover me, I don’t sleep, I’m losing my hair, and sometimes I really think I’m gonna lose it and there’s no hope!Bonnie, hey girl what’s up. Are you still having the infestation problem.

After 6 weeks of motels we went back to the house to see if we could live in our motorhome. Even this is a full time problem just keeping it liveable. Wash sheets and all linen everyday. Change clothing two to three times a day. Constant vacuumIng the entire hpuse.

Washing clothes constantly. Car is vacuumed daily. Showering twice a day. Constantly having to put all items food and non out of any contact with pests. Maintaining but not gaining anything.

We are both disabled due to separate accidents. We have only been together 11 months. What a way to start a partnership. No news. I’m going in for a complete C B C blood draw Monday June 1. Will let everyone know if there is an issue on it that is connected.

Finally got into Dr after my 2 urgent care and 2 ER visits. Dr that saw me would not look in my nose, throat or ears or even touch my feet or touch me at all. We just laughed after we left. Hi it’s kari. I found that spectrum insect killer, white plastic bottle and black flag insect killer.

THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO THAT LISTED ON THE LABEL CARPET BEETLES. All others just ended as a temp relief. Also boric acid in a plastic container works and I’m trying a new idea today that was posted on this site on the 24th of July. BOIL AND DISSOLVE THOROUGHLY BORIC ACID AND SPRAY AND SOAK EVERYTHING. CARPET, FURNITURE, WALLS FLOORS AND CEILINGS. THESE PESTS FROM HE’LL HAVE 4 DIFFERENT LIVES.

YES. eggs, larvae, pupae and adult. Everyones situation has been slightly different but the same thing in all these cases is no one will ever believe you, they call it crazy… and these pests keep living on and on and on. They can stay dormant up to 10 yrs. It a very serious problem.

Stay well. I’ll ck this site often during week. Hello Trish. I am having the same symptoms as u. I have been to my Dr. The called the psyciatric unit on me.

the said u must b on drugs…I submitted to a Dr test. And walked the fuck out. Never have gone back. I too am scared to death. My landlord thinks I am nuts.

I don’t visit my family because I don’t want anything spreading. I have several videos of my arms face back my hair is infested with slimmy shit. And whit eggs…my son came to live with me. Bcauze I am so freaked out. He too is experienceing the same symptoms. I am 56 disabled.

it is so hard to keep up with cleaning and washing necessary to have a lil piece of mind. I called housing authority. And public health. The both said the don’t see anything but roaches and rat droppings. well if these things live on dead animals and insects. then are living Hi off the hog in my apartment.

please update me on ur symptoms…I need some guidance. plz answer me. thk u. It is nice to see you remind peploe that parents who use formula are not inherently evil bad parents, and there are many valid reasons for using formula. I breastfed as long as I could but eventually like you said I could not keep up with demand and am happy I have good formula options.

I’d prefer it not come with beetle larvae but I’m going to consider it an early broadening of her palate!Also, because both major brands of formula tout different benefits we have been switching back and forth between the two just in case, who knows and baby is totally fine. Babies are not burdened with brand allegiance, they just want to eat and thrive and be happy!Thanks for such a fun and helpful blog. Much appreciated!Hello everyone. I have done all of that. I retired from property management and wish this was a bedbugs problem but it’s not. They are not lice.

I am being treated by infectious disease control. I have taken specimens with me. Tests are still being performed. The larger size look like a flea but under magnifier they don’t have the two legs. I’ve made herbal mixtures to make them fall from the skin and that’s helping.

They do have the little hairs on their back that sting. I will try to figure out how to upload pictures. I was born in the south and raised vegetables. I am an outdoor person. This is a pest that I am not familiar with. Research is what love to do.

Discription searches always come back to the varied carpet beetles. The larvae pictures on this site with the ink pen are what I use clear boxing tape to remove them from carpet. My walk in closet is an area I have treated extensively. I even was frightened by a large black beetle like I saw outside flying around. I have packed many pieces in space bags.

The lease is up next month and thinking of taking nothing with me and starting over. I use an herbal mixture on a q tip to clean all family ears. They turn a loose and get stuck on the tip. It’s crazy. My doctor has told my daughter that everyone need to be treated.

The doctors still have a hard time with this. Biopsy showed what they call an unidentified colony of unknowns. So I still wait. I had to fight my way from primary doctor, emergency room, dermatologist 2, then finally to infectious diseases. When ER cut into my hair the fight to get to the top was over. CDC is involved because people have tried to find answers before but didn’t have enough to test.

I purposely didn’t wash my hair took my own comb and told them to comb fresh live specimens out. They did and they got them and sent them to pathology who is working with specialists to identify. I wait and continue doing what I can. Vacuum every day, keeping hair clean spray for flying ones with herbal mixture, and continues washing . For a disabled person This is so hard but I have found so many people out their who have been told this is all in their minds I have to keep the fight going.

Pest control was no help. These things are resilient, appear gone for a few days and back with a vengeance. Hi, I too have found carpet beetles infesting my couch, for 2 months I have had welts, hives and horrible rashes every night after sitting on my couch and sometimes when getting up in the morning, I also developed a severe head pain right over my right eyebrow and then vertigo, been to tons of doctors, had every blood test imaginable, ct of the brain then MRI of the brain to check for tumors and things like that, not until I saw those horrible bugs did I put it altogether, called allergist and they have no test for carpet beetles, I can’t stand anymore, threw away my couch and brought down my chaise long to sit on well no hives or rashes for 2 days the bingo they start up again, turn over the chaise and there they are, may I ask what infectious disease did to helpIn a nutshell, it appears that there are a few unlucky people who are allergic to the hairs of the carpet beetle larvae. Which is why after all your house keeping, insecticides and natural remedies you are still having issues. The hairs are a defense mechanism against predators, even a well armored wasp finds them irritating. They get stuck within the fibres of clothing, bedding and furniture, much like a grass seed gets stuck in your socks / trousers or even your carpet and often can not be removed by vacuuming or laundering.

You have to pull it out by hand. Unfortunately these nasty little larvae hairs are too small to see. Almost all people have an allergic reaction to bed bug saliva and again, some people are unlucky enough to have severe reactions to bed bugs which can include all the symptoms you describe welting, burning, rashes, hair loss, malaise/lethargy, compromised immune systems. These carpet beetle larvae hairs are often mistaken for bed bugs as they produce similar symptoms in the few people who are unlucky enough to be susceptible. So sorry for your problems with these torturers.

My hair is getting eaten and I feel them crawling in my hair and on legs on legs after I put clothing on. I am red and itchy broken out. I have terrible ear aches and feel them in my ears. I have found carpet beetle larve under baseboard. My husband thinks I’m crazy because they are not in his hair or my sons. Tried washing hair in TGel but it doesn’t work.

I feel them but I can’t see them in hair. I have had thick curly hair. I feel bald spot on my scalp and it also feels like there are areas that have been shaved with razor. How can we get rid of these and not just from our hair?Can you send any information and/or pictures please ?I’m not currently crazy but I will be if I can’t find help!IT IS NOT LICE for all those thinking it may be thank youPat, I’m living exactly everything you said. I was reading what you wrote to my fiance and we were just amazed that someone else had this mysterious pest problem. I even went to the ER.

Yes I was treated as a “crazy” person and was given a presciption to “calm” me down. I’ve been living this nightmare for over a month. The pest control was no help. They so called sprayed 4 times, each time with a “stronger antidote. The last time was almost 2 weeks ago. Now it seems we have created Super Bugs.

If you find a solution please let me know. I just want my life back. I miss cooking and all the fun things I used to be able to do. This “problem” has taken a toll on my relationship to which I cherish very much. Thank you for letting me know that I’m not the only one. Kari from Eugene, Oregon.

Please update me with your info. I’m still living the carpet beetle nightmare. Tore out carpet in 2 rooms, the partical board is totally infested. I found if we stay in a motel room over 2 days we infest it too. We bring in virtually nothing and have showered and clean clothes prior to arriving. We cannot live in the home.

The cost to replace all is near 20,000$. We called Orkin rep for our sample update. he said one was hard white gum, WE HAVE NO GUM. The other one which fell from the ceiling in front of a friend and myself. it looked like a clear slimy gel with a tiny caterpillar type. it was small.

He said it was carpet fibers. WE KNOW THESE SAMPLES WERE ALIVE AND MOVING WHEN PICKED UP WITH TWEEZERS. Help, please. No one is updating or commenting on this site. Read more: gIAnyone want to see pics. Staying htempFinally….

I have found someone that’s fighting as hard as I am!Its been nearly 3 years of fighting a war I will never win. I’ve been told i’m crazy and have been drug tested by Dr’s and Dermatologist for 3 years. I’m 58 yrs old, disable and divorced, my income is nowhere enough to survive on. I would leave my home, car and everything I own to move away from the hell I live in. My skin is so damaged with horrible dark spots, white seedy egg things coming from every pore, but the worst is my scalp and hair, its blonde and long, what’s left of it, its unbelievable what I comb out of it.

The tangles are constant because of the eggs and larvae. My house has been infested with cloth moths and several different kinds of beetles, which I believe my daughter brought them in from a rental house. I started with a professional for about 6 months, couldn’t afford it an besides you can’t win by spraying around baseboard. I’m sorry its taking so long to explain, but i’m sure you understand. I have never written to anyone with the same problem til I seen yours, its very close to mine. I don’t visit and I don’t want company because I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

I can’t stand to hear myself tell the story because it sounds crazy, like most family and others think I am. I just started with a new Dr who seems like he believes me, he sent me to Demo in Louisville KY a couple of hours away only to be told I have psoriasis, Omg…I felt like he was my last hope and I made him look at a zip lock bag of hair with tiny black bugs, eggs, larvae and those little prickly black hairs. He said it was keratin not bugs, tried to show my tape specimens, he had no interest, there was no use in saying another word, left crying and hopeless, with the daughter that doesn’t understand or believe, at that moment I was ready to die, give up, thought God I can’t live another day like this, please let me die. Its been a couple months, getting worse by the day while i’m buying professional chemicals spraying everywhere and everything including myself once, I honestly think they fall off be like i’m spreading eggs,I find dead bugs etc daily but everyday its a new crop, can’t clean, Vac, wash n dry and pick with tweezers. Ok back to new Dr, went last week, I took specimens in alcohol, a few on tape, also a few days b4 I had one of those brown spots on my leg to raise up, it cracked the shin,there was blood around and under it, I lifted it up with tweezers and couldn’t believe it, I has found things on my sheets and floors I wasn’t sure were they came from, but now know, it was flat but I saw legs and the larvae stem attached, there were 3 tiny ones around it, I bleed like crazy with any little scratch, I put it in the alcohol which the Dr said that was great, he sent bunch of things to pathology.

He found from blood work i’m barely showing any Vitamin D, which explains why I have felt so bad for so long, then white blood cells and bacteria in urine, taking Cipro 500 Mg, which I found it also kill parasites. I an barely hanging on waiting to hear from pathology. I can’t see the tunnel let along a light, my mother is the only reason I am alive today because I’ve fought non stop and researched trying everything and I don’t believe I will ever win the war. My car is also infested, I know they get in everything including food and paper products. I’m down to a few items of clothes, the people that say wash in hot water and hot dryer have never experienced what i’m dealing with.

There is nowhere and nothing they can’t infest, even in the frig. I wasn’t a rich person but had plenty of nice clothes, shoes, purses, big 2 story house full, and as hard as I’ve tried its a total lose, should have thrown most away long b4 wondering if it wouldn’t got to this point?idk…. At this moment i’m so wore out, my hair is horrible and i’m going do another treatment of Malathion tonight, when those things fall out of my hair I’ve seen them stick and embed my skin, my cuticles really get thick and painful. Again, i’m sorry for going on and on, its so much to tell, i’m sure you know, i’m hoping you are ahead on the game with the Dr’s and test, i’m praying you can give me any info while i’m waiting for my results with the fear it will be unknown, I don’t think I can take it, I’ve never been more serious. So, please reply, I don’t have anybody that understands, like I said I’ve never told my story on the internet, try hard to stay off sites that aren’t by Dr’s or professionals even though they aren’t as educated as they need to be.

I truly believe this is a huge problem, as long as they don’t admit it, its not real, I also believe they cause internal parasites. All I know I wasn’t crazy before, had a great family, enjoyed living, even living with chronic pain I still had had much to live for, I don’t recognize the person in the mirror as I’ve aged 20 yrs in 3. Give me hope please… Sincerely, Kathy from KYAny notification from cdc on the specimens they took. Do u have any idea what I can do legally. I moved her on Feb 11.

No furniture. just the clothes on my back. I slept on a air mattress for 2 weeks. before I got a bed. I called my landlord on Feb 12 to report a insect and rodent problem.

I mentioned to his assistant. That there was something in my carpeting. she said it was new that there couldn’t be anything. she set up apt with pest control. They came out.

I showed him everything I was noticing. Even shit falling from the ceiling. GE said he didn’t see anything and sprayed some shit all alng base boards cabinet s closet. but nothing changed. Called landlord again. he called pest control again.

No change. Called landlord again. He told me that there wasn’t anything in my apt. And basically told me to stop complaing. So here I am going nuts. .

help…. I have symptoms of itching, pinpoint red marks, mainly on my torso and upper arms and thighs. I describe it as a combination of contact dermatitis itch combined with cactus spine contact burning. You know those friendly looking little furry cactus that beg to be stroked?The kind with spines so tiny they embed en masses but the spines can’t be seen. I am a retired RN, hence my Anon title, so I have medical training…it has been my impression for quite some time that there will eventually be a proven connection between the symptoms many of us are having and the ‘psychosomatic’ not my words!Morgellon’s. Yes, large black Beatles.

When I go to sleep. They really mess me up!I have blood on the sheets and pillow case. I also feel like I have cactus thorns stuck in me. I don’t see anything. I am miserable!Out 3 people in one apartment.

They like me. I have scars on my arms and round bold patches of hair missing. I am allergic to a lot of insects, and bites!I was going to ask my doctor . How do I find if , I am allergic to carpet bettle hairs?She is going think that I am crazy!I can not get 1 doctor to believe me!My body is not producing vitamin B12!So, I get very tired very quickly!Does the drink work well getting them off your skin?Thank you Pat !I thought, I was going nuts. Until I read your story this morning!I hope you get better soon!Please keep in contact with me!Thank Trish!I have been really busy so sorry I’m late replying but o would appreciate it if those people who have not researched carpet beetles and the various kinds not assume that we do not know the difference in a bedbug, lice, flea or tick.

I am a researcher. I communicate with scientists and various others people. I will never post anything that I have not researched first. Nature and its environment has always been a subject of interest to me as well ad the tropic system. From 10/2009 11/2011 I held a GPA of 3.

92 or above in college. I wrote many papers and I am writing one now about this topic. There have been cases before us that have made it to the CDC but they were unable to verify the findings due to insufficient evidence. Gathering the specimens are very important and I have been trying to do that very thing proving that varied carpet beetles do work their way under the skin is the thing that the CDC needs evidence of. Getting help with this is a problem. Fortunately my ID doctor is open minded.

Because I sympathize with so. many concerning our shared problem I have been using myself as a test subject. I could have moved months ago but my children and grandchildren who have been less affected would have been in this. The landlord did not inform us that there was a previous problem but I found evidence of it in the attic and neighbors informed me that no one had lived in this house for more than 6 months. Hi Patt, I have the same problem.

I found that Lice shield . That just came out. It works. It’s natural oils. I know doctors don’t believe me.

I went from loosing all my hair. 90% now my hair is growing back. I have to comb them out . I don’t understand why people don’t believe they can use you as a host. Specially if you have a compermized immune system.

Then living in apartment with black mold for 3years. The carpet beetles are living all year around due to the weather change. Which is not good. Good luck to everyone!These beetles remind me of the movie Mummy!They eat everything in sight!Angie, bag up all your clothing, spray pesticides as an on contact killer for eggs or live bugs and YouTube Diatomaceous earth and dust all baseboard and suspected areas of infestation, use a respirator, Its all natural but the dust is bad for you so clear the area and let the dust settle. Later clean the excess dust on the floor. Dust does not keep them away, a light later they will walk on and it will limit their life.

Researchers say it kills a bedbug in 7 17 days. Some say sooner, and its natural . Dust inside of your boxspring after you vacuum it, if you can steam treat it do get deeper. I did and they stopped coming out of the boxspring all together. I battle them with DE. Sprinkle it on your rug and vacuum it all up.

So that if anything is there it is introduced to the DE in the vacuum bag. Thoroughly vacuum baseboards and anything that has dust to harbor these critters. THAN dust, gluck. I have the terror behind me now but it took some doing. After being admitted to a psychiatric hospital agonist my will where they informed me that I was in the midst of psychosis.

that’s when I decided to play the game that I believe they were telling me that I can get out and fight the backyards and win. I won’t and this is the first time I have but able to talk about it. This is real and it happened to me. I think most people want to live in denial bc to consider anything of the sort would be more horrific than most could handle. When for some unknown reason they decide to feed on you that’s when you become a believer. For most though ignorance is bliss.

I’ll tell you there’s hope and when I have more time,I will share what I found. I wore out the brushes on my vacuum cleaner, had them replace as I vac everyday. I use teatree special shampoo from paul Mitchell and the conditioner, first for my hair and then I noticed nothing bit me anymore even outside in the garden, I used different inside sprays for this fur bug which I found out is equal to a carpet beetle, so I called summit permacide p concentrate was ordered and sent to me…. 1 part liquid measured and 19 parts water and sprayed corners, floors. I bought the water base. I put the animals out and started at one end, closing windows and doors as I sprayed……….

told my hubby to stay outside. I stayed outside for several hours before coming back inside. Any beatles will bite at different stages of growth. Terminix offers a spray at target. It is the only store that carries it.

It is safe for killing on sight. You can bathe your pets in a small amount of tea tree extract from an herbal store or order online. Carpet Beetles come in many different forms. Search pictures of carpet beetles and do carpet beetles get into the skin. You will be surprised!I pray this helps.

You can use a wide spectrum spray or fogger but you will have to stay away for at least 4 hours, and clean thoroughly before bringing your pets back in. If you own the home get rid of carpet. I don’t own mine and the landlord is no help. If you see white eggs like things on the floor get them up with clear boxing tape. Tile and hardwood floors keep them swept moving things like sofa anything that is stationary. You will find something like bread crumbs they are not.

Sweep them up and quickly throw them outside. Andrew I have used clear boxing tape but it doesn’t allow one to see everything. Try a lint roller on your sheets. The larvae can be white or whitish or even a little pinkish but pale in color. I only use white sheets on my bed so that I can see easier but until I started using the lint roller I couldn’t see the tiny larvae on my sheets which I am taking the lint roller sheets to the doctor with me tomorrow. I have an inventive mind so I have researched and tried or thought of every way I can to prove our issue.

Terminex has even been to my home and the tech didn’t even know what they were. I called their 800 number and the rep didn’t even know what their own products. What he was going to do was bomb the house the same as me but the same chemical for German roaches do not work on carpet beetles or get them out of my clothes in my closet. There is a crawl space under my house and hardwood floors in livingrm dining room and tile in the kitchen. The beetles will only go into the crawl space if not treated which he was not going to do so I told him to leave he couldn’t treat what I needed.

I have steamed the carpet with my own personal steamer they sink themselves deeper for protection. I have been working on mixtures of natural herbs for over six months which has helped me survive because I have the master bedroom where the window remained broken for some time before we moved in and that plus the hardwood floors needed work is how they managed to totally invade the carpet. Anyways, you need to sweep the hardwood and tile twice per day morning and evening. Always through the larvae outside but first try to get them in a small pile and using a spray bottle you can buy from Home Depot for $1. 97 filed with witch hazel and spray them. This will stop them from getting away.

You may see a tiny one on your face if you look in the mirror by the way. Have a pot of hot water boiling on the stove while you’re sweeping. At least once per day you will need to mop these areas. They can withstand a certain degree of hot water so you will need gloves on. If you expect to reuse the gloves spray them with witch hazel then place them in a Ziploc bag or eggs will hatch and the next time you use the gloves you will get stung badly like I did. Good day Patricia Reynolds.

Was Hoping to see and hear from you again. Your April blog pretty much states what we are doing now. All the survival steps taken to avoid hostel take over. Still dealing with welts, pings and all the chaos this invasion has and is causing in day2day living. Just alot of vacuuming, moping, launduring, bagging of all clothing, shoes in bags in freezer changing every 4 hrs approx. sterilizing and back to freezer.

Tea tree oil in shampoo, conditioner, body wash 1/2 oz. per 16 oz. works well. Also light application of oil in spray or hand over every body part but genital area, breaststroke and eyes. Stay clear there. We even got in the shower a couple times with our shorts, shirts and ?.

If we find that these super f bugs are having a poke party a light dusting of 91% rubbing alcohol over entire dressed body works for us, it gives us time to breathe before the next life fighting duty is necessary to do. Or personally in my case. time to get on this site just long enough to make a few comments to which it could possibly help anyone out there living lol and dealing with the nightmare. Also note. vacuuming car every other day. watching where the bottom of soles on shoes have been.

If your soles have been tainted with other smells or any off property materials pack extra shoes and socks. We learned most of this info and acting procedures thru trial and just having the ability to purchase all sprays,treatments and products that somewhat could be in relation to taking out the enemy pests. FYI…. my complete CBC blood test and feces sample was NEGATIVE for these body snatching bitches. After 2 months of no phone call returns and like always not being followed up with I finally got that appt at my medical facility. My PCP dr.

handed me over to see and schedule that appt with a part time Dr’s assistant. Yes, they think this is bs the look in their eyes and the absolute distance/no contact order they display says it all. Mmmm. Just to think they might learn a little or maybe NOT. and we could of possibly been in early treatment f they would of looked in or at our ears, nose and feet at the obvious signs of a foreign mass, bacteria or ?.

Well my chat time is closing for this session. HEY EVERYONE. I JUST WANT TO SAY FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE. IT IS WORTH LIVING. J and Kari, Eugene, OR. Don’t play with carpet beetles , they are like a disease, launder all fabric, and carpet beetles arent THAT small unless your eyes are a little off.

They are small though. Use DE and any insect killer you want. Bug stop from home depot one gallon costed 5$. On top of that the Diatomaceous earth cost 8$. Vacuum everything, boxspring, rip underneath if you need too. Spray all baseboard, and crevices with this spray, cracks in the floor , all moldings, they fly as adults so their free to roam.

After that, dust the baseboard and inside of the boxspring , but make sure the pesticide is dried. Use respirators doing this and use some sort of duster to make the DE “poof” out the dust. Than go do your laundry and bedding. If you CAN, steam treat your mattress and boxspring prior to any of this treatment, it will increase the chances of killing the larvae. A steamer like one at bed bath and beyond cost $65.

00 and its atleast good enough for the mattress and boxspring, gluck. Anonymous April 21st. , hello. Very good comments for bringing down the enemy. All of this regiment, duties, changes and day2 day survival tactics require consistency.

If you make errors of battle time pick up the next mode and follow through. We found that this foreign bacteria, pest or freak of nature is unforgiving. This whole ordeal since Mid March/April to now has robbed both of us of the innocence of a new relationship in which one should be relatively happy living. HOWEVER BOTH OF US ARE COMMITTED and SOMEHOW ATTACHED TO EACH OTHERS ENERGY,OURA, SOUL OR ALL OF THAT TO RID WITHIN OUR BODIES THIE BACTERIA/PEST, ETC …WE WILL SOMEDAY, SOMEHOW BE ABLE TO FUNCTION IN DAY2DAY LIVING LIFE OR AT LEAST EFFECTIVLY MANAGE AND MAINTAIN THE SANITY AND GOODNESS THAT IS PRESENTLY LEFT WITHIN US. Please anyone with any WORKING OR NOT THOUGHTS, IDEAS, TRIALS, INFO AND/OR KNOWLEGE PLEASE submit them right here on this site and anywhere else that might help. REMEMBER WHAT WORKS OR NOT FOR YOU COULD AND WILL POSSIBLY SAVE A PERSON’S LIFE AND CONNECTED PEOPLE.


TAKE CONTROL. KNOW WHO, HOW, WHERE and WHAT IS LITERALLY GOING ON AROUND YOU, YOUR LOVED ONES WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY. REACT RESPOND IMMEDIATELY and APPROPRIATELY AS NEEDED. Terminix offers a spray at target. It is the only store that carries it. It is safe for killing on sight.

You can bathe your pets in a small amount of tea tree extract from an herbal store or order online. Carpet Beetles come in many different forms. Search pictures of carpet beetles and do carpet beetles get into the skin. You will be surprised!I pray this helps. You can use a wide spectrum spray or fogger but you will have to stay away for at least 4 hours, and clean thoroughly before bringing your pets back in.

If you own the home get rid of carpet. I don’t own mine and the landlord is no help. If you see white eggs like things on the floor get them up with clear boxing tape. Tile and hardwood floors keep them swept moving things like sofa anything that is stationary. You will find something like bread crumbs they are not. Sweep them up and quickly throw them outside.

hi Pat, I am still living with the carpet beedles for a few years. I am getting nowhere fast. but I am trying. I have gone through everything that you have basically. I live in Canada.

have house sprayed three times but to no avail. Saturday I woke up with bite marks on my chest and one on my buttocks. so hard to sit down. went to the doctor and he said it was spider bites, which is not true. I don’t get as much static on my legs now as much.

they seem to be going more for upper body and feet, they think my toes are tasty. I did move out of my home and I still have them. basically threw everything out, but kept the car in which they were . I really don’t know what to do. I think I have tried everything possible. one plus is they r out of the car, at least for the moment.

I take a sleeping pill at night, sometimes it works, other times NOT. I am constantly scared to go to bed as they are always stinging me or crawling on mewhat a horrible feeling. when I watch television I can feel them as well on my leather couch. sprayed raid on it a few time, it might have worked a bit went on vacation last year and they followed me in suitcase. unbelievable. you mentioned you had a cure to keep them off the body.

could you please let me know when I can find this. I would forever to in your debt. truly p. s. I have tried the witchhazel that you mentioned in your blog, and I was so impressed. they was an egg in my ear, amazing.

I hope you are still hooked up to this site so you might be able to help me. thank youKathey Unruh, Your January 2015 has not gone unnoticed. Have you made any progress in your life’s invasion. Your blog states topics to which are true. The biting and skin crawling. I know for a fact… At first back to start mar/apr I thought I felt movement in my forearm near my wrist.

I also noticed a tiny blackish streak under my skin used a 10x magnifying glass. Got a small nail cleaning brush with 91% rubbing alcohol and gently agitated a 2″x2″ area. Low and behold I got down a few layers and removed it. Really didn’t know what was happening then. It was only within the past 6 wks of livi g hell and chaos that I realized what it meant.



THANK YOU SO MUCH. My own mother didn’t believe me coz she checked my home the morning I was sectioned she found nothing well wecallknow they only come out a nite which makes us sound more crazy I had gorgeous hair now it’s fine,thin and lifeless my beautifull my dog is suffering im covered in bites on my legs arms and hands they have holes in each bite and usually has a maggot/larvae in it I also pick at them so make them even worse had 3 pest control guys out all said it was fibres and couldn’t find anything. No one believes I have no where to stay and don’t know what to do I’m not sleeping threw ally food away and if I order a takeaway soon as I get the food out maggots are in it same when I fed my dog I could quite easily walk in front of a train its torture knowing my family all think I’mentally I’ll the doc in hospital said in suffering phycosis parasite or something!and prescribed me olanzapine . Does anybody know how we get them and why?I’m so desperate last week the whole of my bottom leg was in agony I could hardly walk for a Week plus I’m tired and out of breath all the timehi louise, I had the same problem in my other house. I threw literally everything out after 63 yrs of age. starting over.

I had the same thing with my food. i would be eating and they would land in my food. it was horrible. I didn’t find all these sites before. but now that I have moved I brought them with me. my son wanted me to see a shrink and I went.

he was a real quack. I don’t know why people think we are nuts. if it happened to them they would deal with it worse. best not to tell anyone. mine r not as bad as before. wash my sheets every night.

bag clothes, purses, they also like to get into papers, underside furniture, they are in everything. put protective covers on mattress and box spring. helps a lot. but still use sticky roller over them before I put sheets back on. I am trying to catch as many larvae and eggs that I can.

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its an endless job. vaccum a lot. I put most of my things in plastic bags and de dust and boric acid. put the dust in drawers as well. the only way I noticed them on my counter was when I used the sticky roller and was totally surprised I caught a bunch…sticky roller on window sills. i have a fake tree in livingroom they are in there as well.

i have sprayed windex on plant and bed. five minutes later i find them on the floor and scoop them up with sticky roller. they don’t seem to like windex, but i don’t think it kills them. but gets them out of bed and plant. i put boric acid in cracks of furniture and drawers. helps a bit.

they are in heating ducts as well, don’t know if i helped or not, but i guess its good to just hear feedback from someone else. in my house before i had a lot of flowers growing wild and birds/bees. carpet beedles live in the nest and when the birds leave the nest they fly indoors and find another host. keep bathing and scub your skin with Epson salt. i have tried neem oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil.

i also slept in the bathtub at my other house without a pillow. just a towel…how crazy is that. i was normal like u before. now i am living with this everyday, but not to the degree that u are. keep reading as i don’t even know the answers. get something to help you sleep from doctor.

that would help. as for your dog, maybe take him to the vet. and get him checked out. Louise, Thanks for joining our 2015 circle. I know what we’ve all communicated to each other on this site is real.

I’m still living the nightmare too. No one really knows how all of “this” will affect us long term. Once again — I have a reck appt from my ER visit tomorrow with my primary doctor. I wilI update all of you with her opinion. I ‘m also bringing along my fiancé as backup. It is so easy for Dr’s to write this off as a mental illness.

Morgellians . If I didn’t have any proof pics and insect body that’s one thing, but cmon’, I’M FIGHTING matter physically to keep my mental side afloat. Please keep contacting this site with any changes, personal updates and information you come in contact with. We all need support and idea sharing. You ask… how did we get them?After all I have read, researched, tried, etc.

My best current synopses is… That since our bodies are made up so uniquely different, then each of us must also process food, drink, vitamins, minerals, supplements and all other items within ourselves at different paces, levels and releasing/storing them at different levels as well in combination of. So you ask…. How did we get them ?We possibly created “them ”within ourselves through a bacteria infection added with the natural proceses that our bodies do. Our environment, vices, air quality and other like factors might even be connected in this as well. One last thing.

Acidity, Alkaline and Immune System strength may also be a Lab Test we should be taking. Pests / Unknown Species do not like particular substances within our bodies. Maybe the “Cure” lies within finding what “they” cannot tolerate within their system and combating it with ours. Mmmmmmm!Something 2 Ponder. J and Kari living in Eugene, OR. It has now been 8 indescribable months I have been living with an unidentified “pest” and after 2 completely different exterminators I clarify having recently learned some r owned by others examined my home and found nothing, it was my county extension office that correctly identified my problem; carpet beetles.

I also appear to have clothes moths. Unreal. Started, we believe, in my car. Car is a 7 yr old Volvo. I am the original owner.

I finally insisted on my contracted exterminator to have their Entomolgist come to my house. He found 3 pests while investigating but only concentrated on our wood furniture / molding. Have another entomologist coming today. Will have him look at clothing in my home. I write this to express my heartfelt sympathy. I, too, was told sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly, it was all in my head.

This experience has almost broken me. No one has the right to diagnose anyone unless they are a qualified professional and have TAKEN THE TIME to really hear you. Carpet beetle samples are EXTREMELY difficult to obtain; especially uncompromised. Clothe moths, which are often mistaken for carpet beetles, and vise versa, in their larva stage, take on the color of the fabric they eat it get caught up in it. I have had a myriad of “professionals” tell me my samples were simply fabric, due to their untrained eye and not using a microscope. Do not make the same mistake I did in allowing an exterminator TECH identify your possible pests.

Many are not trained in identifying but simply applying chemicals. This experience has both saddened and infuriated me. I wonder how many “housewives” have been diagnosed as having a mental condition when, in fact, they have a home containing minute insects?Why is this not addressed more openly and often?Best of luck to all of you. Most are not suffering from a mental condition. Just a lack of support, knowledge and resources.

Dude, get moth crystal put them in a sock in your closet, it deters common pest including beetles and kills adult bedbugs even if it’s in an enclosed area like a bag, something air tight. I cant even stress, take your own action, do research, and you will find a product to kill them. Launder any fabric, if you can’t wash, dry on high for 35 minutes. Check everything, especially dark storage closets, bugs love them. Plus you wanna get DE underany rugs that you have, its safe for animals, just do not get it airborne around people or pets, use a respirator, vacuum the excess dust.

This in itself will help control an infestation. You should use pesticides as assistance but make sure it is made for your needs, like if you have pets, or kids. Good LuckLinda I understand your pain several doctors I even I just got back from Mayo Clinic three weeks ago they said they didn’t understand it I know that means I think I’m crazy it’s not a parasitic psychosis. My next step is to return to a doctor in Atlanta who I saw A year ago. Her name is Dr. Tasmeen batia.

I may have missed spelled her name her clinic is called Atlanta center for holistic and integrative medicine. She is a md. I found her when she was on an episode of Dr. Oz regarding parasites. I got on the plane went to Atlanta and I did the first session of stool test and it came back negative she wanted me to follow up with two more tests that are done through a clinic in California at that point Iwas frustrated and thought I could find someone closer to home to help me.

Guess not. I may be going back to her. You may want to look up her website for a her clinic. I will post information if I find out anything and let me know if you doHi Donnie I am curious if u have been able to identify what this pest is that acts like a flea but is not. I am on the east coast and do not garden so I am unable to relate to any plant situations.

We have shrubs etc outside near our front door and mulch from landscaping done over the summer. I’ve been told by an exterminator mulch often is the culprit for many home pests. The mulch becomes infested before it gets to the nursery. Ironically, my pest problem is also in my car and I park outside, in my driveway, facing our house, which is directly in front of our mulched front bed. But it’s winter.

We now have snow and I’ve done enough cleaning, investigating etc to last 7 lifetimes and am not about to start examining my mulch. Thought I’d pass the mulch info on to you though. Maybe u r somewhere warmer. Conversely, I’ve been told most mulch is treated so any pests attracted to it will not be. Leaves one wondering who to believe. I started in Dec having house chemically treated for carpet beetles but never completely followed through w/washing all clothing etc.

Professional exterminators are legally NOT allowed to treat clothing and now my beetles are back. Don’t know if they ever left rugs / furniture entirely anyway. Was told it would take a while due to their life cycle. Doesn’t matter anyway. My husband is done w/the caos and it would take a month to wash ALL our clothing and thousands of dollars to have those dry cleaned that can’t be washed. I have a few items w/holes.

They were in a dresser directly over a lampcoincidence?. I’d fold clothing on bed in bedroom w/lamp on and leave the drawer open. Has new cloth Ikea couch steam cleaned but again, told can’t be chemically treated so how will I ever rid the couch?I’ve given up. They won. Only positive, I’ve lost 15lbs.

Should help w/dating since this has also ruined my marriage. Wish it were mental in that I could seek professional help and hopefully be better. This seems to have no end. Not to mention exterminator found carpenter ant damage so now it could be those pests I’m seeing / feeling. Yes, they will bite so I should know the difference. But again, I’m done.

They won. Good luck to those who are still fighting the fight. I thought back and we had two or 3 break outs of gnats. But the Fish eat…pee and poop in this water and it is converted into the Nutrients that plant grow best in Plus the water goes back to the fish, CLEAN!I will have both the fish and plant covered from “Heavy Metals” or whatever is being sprayed from planes. I’m am sick and I’ve got morgellons which the CDC denied for years but it’s being “Sprayed” from planes as well….

WHY?I won’t say because it’s so heavy and “Biblical” but you can go to youtube to learn of it. Many pilots and military are now coming forward to tell what they know. The sizes of the Aluminum, Barium, strontium, and other “Bad Things to Breathe” are nano sized and can’t be filtered w/o super expensive filter medium and machines. Google, “Lung Deaths” for last 6 7 years. Was 8 killer and is now 3 in a 6 year period!Only thing different, “Chem Trails” and it’s REAL. Back to Carpet BeetlesThey have an Entomologist and he’ll “ID” for free.

I pray it’s not too costly but all I had was 4 blackberry plants, then I remembered that we had the outbreaks?Also, if it is a “Fabric Eater” my mom’ works at Goodwill, she get clothes and puts them in the washing area. If these are it, they easily could be in a free donation store and spread ALL over town?I’m not going to worry as they don’t bite humans…. I’ll wait on the “Expert ” to tell me what I’m looking at and then I may worry enough for 2 3…. lol, hundred people?lol, but no. I’m just gonna cool my heals and wait on good info so I can decide what must be done. I am putting sticky paper up and catching them!Use seven dust for your garden, it will kill anything with an exoskeleton.

Its safe for veggies just use as directed, I did and every pest besides slugs stood away. Use the dust version, it sticks, on things such as beetles and aphids. I kept the whole neighbors properties bugs off of my plants with it, they had bugs up the ying yang. Downside is it may kill bees. Dust is better for most bugs, because the EPA regulates all of the effective pesticides and anything really good would need to be bought from a permitted exterminator. Diatomaceous earth in the house, use a respirator, if they touch it, they live on borrowedtime and will die.

Its not good to breath, and its natural, no poisons. Common denominators and a side fyi for Donnie too. Donnie – After months of constant skin crawling and itching, with the same complete and absolute horror you no doubt had when you saw your first of many, I found I too have Morgellon’s and it’s insufferable. Yes, this does tie directly into the beetle feed…. wait for it or go to it…. Born and raised in the heart of agriculture rich Cali and being constantly exposed living next to airports and military bases there and now living and working by them in MD, guess I hit the damn lottery.

There are two medical practices that have done extensive research and are the best in the WORLD at treating it, and they have the balls to do the right thing. One is in San Fran and the other in DC. Outside of those two, forget it. You are DOP. DC is way too expensive for me and I have to rely on trial and error from what I can find on the net.

Because of the controversy surrounding Morgellon’s the physicians, scientists, etc. , who have acknowledged it and the severity of it, have all been reputably destroyed for speaking out. Now, it, “doesn’t exist”, and no one will speak it much less treat it. Combined with the insects from HELL, I have to wonder at times if I’m insane – or how much further I have to go until I am!Coincidentally, it came about the same time as the f’in beetles that have now completely taken over my home from ceiling to floor. My furniture, clothes, shoes, cupboards and my car. I had two complete idiots from so called, “pest control”, services and neither even bothered to inspect a single thing outside of looking at the multiple samples I gathered up.

Both said my samples looked like, “dried up rice and fuzz balls”, but neither KIRKWXXD PEST CXNTRXL nor PARAMXUNT even asked to see where I removed the samples from. Paramxunt was kind enough to say he’d kill them though and quickly whipped out a contract and a pen!LMAO Right to his face!He had the nerve to call back the next day to see if we’d signed it yet so he could get started!Kirkwxxd was quite miffed that I’d asked that he come out as soon as he had an opening bc I was being eaten alive – only to think I was a nut scared of rice and fuzz balls… He said he’d take the samples to the lab. BS LOSER LIAR!If they were taken to the lab, he’d have a signed contract and I wouldn’t be on here!I’ve done my own research and have a hell of a combination of insects going on this year like NEVER before. I’ve had thrips, mites, book lice, silverfish two varieties of flying weevils, termites, some kind of flying black bugs that insist on covering my doors and windows that are still alive and well outside my French doors and it’s freaking below freezing w/ snow on the ground!This last summer I couldn’t work on my garden period. Within minutes I was being attacked by some kind of bug that I believe to have identified as thrips. They got so bad I had to sprint to my car to try and get in before they got me.

After I thought bugs would be long gone with the freezing temperatures and snow, like a dumb ass I dug up two small plant sprigs from the garden to raise inside. Within two weeks of that, I also had to open the well tank closet just the other side of the foundation right after that and BAM!It’s been bug hell ever since. BEETLES FROM HELL!I’ve lived in a wooded area on a 2 acre lot backing to a creek for 10 years and have NEVER had this problem. I’ve thrown away thousands of dollars of everything I can’t get them out of and cleaning supplies for the rest!I’m a complete and total clean freak and am constantly wiping them up!There are cracks specks appearing where the ceiling and the walls meet and even in the nail holes!I’ve treated the ceilings, walls and everything in between with Home Defense and have recently started with Boric Acid and I swear they’re worse!Spring will be here soon!What then?Are they multiplying bc they know it’s coming or am I pushing them from room to room?!I’ve never met a bug I couldn’t eliminate!WTH?!I am dreaming about them and I can’t afford an exterminator at this time!Ugggghhhhhh!BTW, I appreciate the off topic humor. I’m sure some of you will have a ball with this one – AND – I have an CAT. I have to sticky roll the crap off of him 2 3 times a day and wash his blanket in hot water daily.

And for the Morgellon’s busters, bust on. Some of the origin stories are freaking hilarious!To each his own. If the alien’s did do this, they did it for some good ol’ knee slappin’ comedy entertainment – and boy howdy, believe me, they are laughing their asses off!I’ll take my comedic award now if it comes with an eradicator. Peace out. So, I definitely have carpet beetles in my house and they are more annoying than anything I’ve ever experienced. When i first started getting bites on me, I thought I came into contact with fleas, but when I read about a way to identify a flea problem putting soapy water in a bowl under a night light, I caught a bunch of black carpet beetles.

I tried diatomaceous earth safe to use around pets, which has been known to kill a bunch of crawling insects, but I think the beetles are just getting smart and migrating to a different part of the house. I have been getting constant bug bites and I’ve noticed my cats are scratching themselves more. I’m afraid to use a pesticide because of the cats, so I’m just looking for another way to get rid of these creepy crawly little jerks. when I first found out that I had carpet beetles one of the carpet beetle landed on my fianceI thought it was nothing so I just smacked it but the next day I found one on my arm so I start searching on Google for flying little animals leaving on my home and that’s when I found that there were called carpet beetles so the next day I did I went to the office and report it they told me that they were going to bomb my apartment so it will kill carpet beetles but they were going to do it on Wednesday I can’t wait until Wednesday so I started cleaning my furnitures and couch so I flip my couch upside down and I ripped my couch and it end up that my couch had carpet beetles inside and I seen that the carpet beetles were feeding on my couch so I had no choice to throw away my couch tomorrow ill see if I still have carpet beetles if I do I have to keep looking for this fckesIhave been battling with carpet beedles for approx. 4 years. I clean a lot, but to no avail.

I am really scared to hang my clothes in closet. they seem to be everywhere. I can vaccum twice and day and they are still coming back. they are in my bed as well. they seem to be stinging me from waist down which is quite painful. had an exterminator come 4 times to no avail.

I cant sit on couch to watch tv and I hate going to bed as they are all over me. I get a lot of static on my legs when I am at home. when I go out its fine. they are in my car as well. I use a sticky roller on counters and I catch a lot. I have tried boric acid, de dust.

windex, vinegar. if they would stay off my clothes and body I would be fine. I just retired from work 2 years ago, I should be happy go lucky. now I am blessed with this problem. seems like I have tried everything. I live alone.

I believe I am a host for these creatures. I have heard its the hairs that cause the problems on my body and clothes. but cant get rid of them. you mentioned cedar oil. I tried these blocks that hang in closet but they didn’t work well.

I guess they were too small. what kind of cedar oil do u buy?I am willing to try anything at this point. thank youHi Pat, it is Nov. of 2015 and I just ran into this site. Am hoping that you still check it out.

In June my mother 84 yr old drama queen…lol noticed small holes in a few pieces of clothing. She swore they were clothes moths. Put wll winter clothes in cleaners over 350$. couple of months later I started to see my carpet had a square spot actually eaten down to the backing. Now I know no moth can do that. It’s office commercial carpet so I thought synthetic but later learned that some commercial has some natural fibers in it.

sprayed this stuff called S. L. A. on carpet there and something actually backed up out of there. didn’t save it. kept reading online and found out about diamateous earth and started putting it next to baseboards ect.

original hole was in the middle of traffic pattern. carpet is not fraying next to baseboards. threw out casmere sweaters that had any size hole and sent mink to cleaners along with leather coats. like everyone else have found exterminators to be useless. not to mention that something is eating my back alive. only me.

can you give me any other tips?sometimes I even wonder if I havent misdiagnosed the carpet beetle thing but again I cant think of anything else that could have eaten that hole that large. plus for some reason there are strings of carpet left, curled up, and if I pull on one it will unravel and there will be long fiber with these beige or light things attached to it about approx. every half inch or so. havent tried to pick one off yet. need to know where to sent it so I can know how to get rid of this stuff. am now on disability and have my mother so money is not running freely here.

own the house with bank and have only had this carpet for approx. 2 years. should mention that carpet is in basement that we converted 20 yrs ago to add 2 bedrooms and full bath. 1st time since purch in 1989 this had happened. please get back to me.

am at my wits end and am only 60 yrs old. feel like between mother and this life is rapidly going down the . really need advice from experience. tks,, JamieCarpet beetle are not blood suckerss THey don’t bite people or animal but live off of hair dog hair, shed fur, etc feathers, cotton, linen/flax, hemp fabric, jute twine plant materials, pollen spring is the main emergence into new environments that they infest. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN: vacuum everything Wash anything you have seen them on.

Treat carpets,rugs, indoor/outdoor carpet under furniture and stationary things with a boric acid powder or borax +glycol based solution vacuum the boric acid powder or dried solutions after 2 3 hours don’t leave it around. Check for larvae on the floors, in carpeting, and other fabric areas under sofas, hassocks,chairs, upholstered anythingby taking a piece of clear packing tape and wrapping around a rolling pin or your palm and run it over an area of carpet ,etc that looks a bit more worn than other areas of the same piece if there are little tubes ,cream coloured and about as thick as a ball point pen’s tip and maybe a 16th of an inch long, you have larvae. Vacuum again!You cannot vacuum enough. Chemical treatments are as effective as cleaning everything so save money and use the electricity to vacuum!If your vacuum isn’t powerful clean the filter,change the bag and re do the job. Alternatively borrow a neighbor or friend’s powerful vacuum and do the entire house:Paying attention to points of entry from window frames to door jambs,sliding glass door casings to vent pipes, utility pipes and conduit and anything else with a passage from inside to outside connected by a drilled hole.

Seal the points with an expanding foam sealant like Great Stuff or flex seal’s caulk type product As for the crazy folks that think they are infested with carpet beetles,varied carpet beetles and any related variety of carpet beetle YOU ARE NOT. It’s idiotic to assume that a non biting insect is infesting your nasal cavity You truly couldn’t be more wrong!If you are being bitten it is a bed bug, lice, gnats they take a chunk of skin and feed on blood and itch to a distracting point, are attracted to light and can penetrate all but the tiniest mesh screen which is not the standard mesh in 99% of windows or even mosquito netting sized meshes. Look at the bug ON YOU with a magnifying lens and stick it to a piece of clear cellophane tape so you can PROVE your case. There is a very slim chance you will get an infection from the bite if it has fed on some onther infected blood before biting you but that is a slim chance at best You may be bitten but the buck stops there!It is horrible but not necessarily dangerous and a bit of antibiotic ointment after washing the area in any case wash your entire body for good health at least daily, and keep your bed, bedroom, bathroom and living areas indoors and outdoors clean. If you need help cleaning ask for it there are social service agencies that can help if you are disabled or elderly and truly can not do it yourself for very little money, if any many agencies do it on a volunteer basis but you have the right to approve the persons that will be in your home and keep at it until you find the right match or interview potential volunteers before allowing anyone to come into your home – ALWAYS with another person present if they want to come to your home.

Just because the agency may be volunteering to help out does not mean you have to disregard your instinct or feelings about a given individual Just be respectful, non racist,non discriminatory and stay OBJECTIVE when interviewing potential aides. You want a trustworthy person you have some connection on some level with not saying you will be best friends but you will feel you can trust them around you, your possessions,your space and your pets will be respected and you have no feelings of worry or concern in their presence Talk to them about their background and experience in life and what they propose to help you do to combat the insect problem you contacted their agency about in the first place!A far as vacuums go a Rainbow is by FAR the Best On the Market hands down. It trap everything in a water filled basin to which you can add oil based natural scentsessential oils or scenting oil, antibacterial air treatment solutions, and just plain water. the insects will drown with a bit of essential oil to suffocate them and it make your home smell great!The antibacterial solution are good if you or a household member has been ill not for insect problems The oils coat their mouthparts and air intake and drown them quickly. To dispose of the water in the reservoirs pour it down a municipal storm drain, or flush it if it has no oil in it For year I just dumped the oil on a dedicated patch of sandy soil so no aquatic life or fauna was damaged.

I never had any reinfestation from that patch I did move it lightly once a year and cover the used area with sand and clay. I don’t work for rainbow or have any stake in the company whatsoever but for 60 years experience with vacuuming I have used all of the brands out there and Sharks are good for the money , Dyson’s overpriced and ridiculous claims, any bagged vacuum is a waste of money and often heavy to operate but Rainbow’s are the best thing going buy one used on Ebay with a guarantee and save yourself a thousand bucks . Get a large reservoir if you have a big home, otherwise the standard basin is adequate though you may want to empty it from upstairs to downstairs. The oil scents last a half a day if you smoke, longer if you don’t. Mostly you are suffocating the insect pests it traps and ridding your home of dust, dirt,pollen and microscopic things you didn’t know existed!Run it on your bed too to eliminate dead skin flakes you will be amazed!. I really can’t recommend any product more than this miraculous cleaning aid.

If you invest in this you may never need pesticides again. With no bags to incubate insect larvae you not only save money but the water kills the little buggers. It i essential, whatever the brand, to vacuum your indoor space and clear all debris from around entrance to your home. As for those of you cleaning ears, and noses, and heads, it is not Carpet Beetles you may be experiencing but a biting blood sucking insect you should identify positively before recommending any action to other or calling the CDC!that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of!Complete OVERKILL and paranoia if not attention seeking Grow UP!To all you sane and methodical people that want to identify and treat your space in order to eliminate the carpet beetle infestations or threats, KEEP AT ITIt isn’t an overnight process but may take a few weeks or months at least a season. It is great if you can dry the environment too wood fire heat does this well. It dehydrates the pests and they are seen collecting around water sources sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc.

Remember it is not only an indoor affair and remove leaves, pet hair, plant debri s from porches, patios, etc. With due diligence and determination to have a bug free place you can beat them. I do hope that you are having greater success with your house since this March post!Thank goodness for this website and everyone’s posts, as 4 exterminating companies have given me the ”gum, fiber, crumbs,dust mites and on and on ”dance!” This year has been the worst; I have been forced to retire from the best job a person could have… music teacher, due to a multitude of medical reasons my Pop is ill, Mom too has problems and both live far away and I am completely alone. have just been “deemed disabled once again by the gov. as the first was after a severe car accident in 1997.

This includes ; severe Myofascial Pain Syndrome, cervical, lumbar, and anxiety and depression episodes and more. I cannot vacuum this house without having severe consequences, that is, bed rest for TWO DAYS. I need to move from this home as I can’t afford it without working. I am no more special then the next person’s comments. BUT, I have no one to help me tackle this momentous task.

Despite, all the horrible news I still want to tackle the moth. It has been in most of my closets. I don’t understand as I pack all clothes, every year in cedar vacuum bags without any problems. I am in the process of treatment, but I REALLY NEED HELP. You had mentioned some social service agencies and some volunteer groups.

I know there is nothing available from the school districts around me regarding this problem. But, FYI, for those who have other needs for help please don’t forget that here in N. Y. many high schools have a community outreach requirement for students in their junior or senior year, that is. , before they can graduate.

to contact call the guidance office of the H. Schools closest to you for info. Now…Mr Ritter Von Habsburg Please… tell where to start via agencies that would help me. This situation is unbearable I bathe in insect repellant and try and try. I have no other family to help me and am in Chronic pain everyday as I am not supposed to be doing half of the household/pest control tasks. God only helps those who helps themselves and their is no way I can go on living like this.

I am stressed upset, blood pressure out of control,and see there is no way out without some help. There also is the pressure of having to sell the home I’ve lived in for 20 years as I can’t afford it here in N. Y. I am just asking someone, anyone… for some tips and perhaps name of agencies to contact. Not to sound melodramatic, but it is the truth, work was my life and even retired because of this problem the pain level if WORSE. If you have read this, thank you!If you can point me in some direction for even the smallest amount help, THANK YOU!You can be sure that I will “pay it forward!” Best of luck to everyone involved in this war and TRY to remember the triumph of the smaller battles!Hello, Thank you for taking the time writing your post with viable information.

However, you are mistaken on your comments regarding biting carpet beetles. I had samples of 4 stages of carpet beetles analyzed by the Agricultural dept. I can assure you sir, they are carpet beetles and they do in fact bite. The several specimen samples including larve were taken directly from my body via clear packaging tape and turned over to the Agri Dept for evaluation. I believe I became in direct contact with the carpet beetles by moving a large amount of very old and decaying carpet from a friends parent residence.

The clothes I was wearing have now shown all the classical signs of holes made by carpet beetles, which has now spread throughout all clothing, cars an rv and a 2400 sqft carpeted home and most belongs. Again thank you for your information. It will greatly assist us!So, I am ALSO at that point where my spouse thinks I have gone bug crazy. When he comes home after being away for 2 days/nights, my conversation tends to evolve around these hated critters that are literally everywhere!And if I learned a lot since seeing him last, or if he arrives home in the midst of cleaning – which makes me extra super p’s’d can’t stop myself he IS my person, my social life, my wall to bounce ideas off of … . I know he’ll tune me out.

It’s bad enough having the insect problems…I need him to BELIEVE ME and BELIEVE THE RESEARCH!If I knew he backed me like he used to – before bugs and before brainfog – that would go a heckova long way to destroying the bugzies crazies+…, for me anyway. Having suffered through 2 carpet beetle infestations in 10 years I suggest you consider boarding your birds for a few days while you go “Harsh” on the beetles. I find the larvae of beetles to be a huge scratching irritant, an irritant that whose source I never really see, but scratches enough to bring on enflamed skin and become Really Annoying. By the time I find any mature beetles I have come to know that there are many more in my house, I can “feel them” by the time I see one. Then Its time to Launder everything, take the bed apart and check very carefully, launder bedding, vacuum EVERYTHING, spray spray the bed and carpet with bed suitable bug spray and bug bomb the whole place.

Use a lot of bug bombs, 1 spray can per room. Clutter needs to be addressed, Dust bunnies in hard to reach areas need to be hunted down and done away with. Do it once, go big, and be done. Generally speaking it is also recommended as per directions on bug bombs to bomb Again 2 weeks later, as larvae may survive an initial treatment and in may be necessary to re treat. Here is my original post regarding the carpet beetle, edited and free of citation links, so you`ll just have to take my word for it.

In a nutshell, it appears that there are a few unlucky people who are allergic to the HAIR of the carpet beetle larvae. Which is why after all your house keeping, insecticides, pest control technicians and natural remedies you are still having issues. The hairs are a defense mechanism against predators, even a well armored wasp finds them irritating. They get stuck within the fibres of clothing, bedding and furniture, much like a grass seed gets stuck in your socks / trousers or even your carpet and often can not be easily removed by vacuuming or laundering. You have to pull it out by hand.

Unfortunately, unlike a grass seed, these nasty little larvae hairs are numerous and too small to see, which is why you may continue to be plagued long after you have killed every bug and vacuumed your home 100 times. Almost all people have an allergic reaction to bed bug saliva and again, some people are unlucky enough to have severe reactions to bed bugs which can include all the symptoms folks are describing here: welting, burning, rashes, hair loss, malaise/lethargy, compromised immune systems. This is why these carpet beetle larvae hairs are often mistaken for bed bugs or other biting insects as they produce similar symptoms in the few people who are unlucky enough to be susceptible and why one person in the household can be afflicted while the rest of the family may think they`re just going crazy. The carpet beetle larvae feed on keratin, chitin and natural fibres. They do not eat synthetic fibres, or suck blood. The adult carpet beetles do not eat keratin or fibres, or suck blood.

The adult beetles are pollen and nectar feeders. After mating, the female adult carpet beetle will seek out a suitable place to lay her eggs. A suitable place includes a plentiful food source and a safe place for the larvae to feed, such as the folds and tiny cracks and crevices found in clothing, between sheets and bedding, the edges and corners of your carpets and furniture, etc. They love birds nests for the shed feathers but will happily seek out rat/mice nests in your shed or roof void, your pets bedding, and of course your bedding!The larval stage lasts anywhere from 2 months – 3 years depending on species and environmental factors such as food supply, etc. Larvae are able to survive several weeks without food. Once they complete the larval stage they pupate and emerge as the adult beetle usually at the start of Spring and they then fly back outside to seek pollen/nectar, to mate and to start the cycle again.

My problem with carpet beetles is just the “run of the mill” eating holes in my nice clothes that i like to wear. I searched online to confirm the species of beetle I have, which is the Varied carpet beetle. Anthrenus Verbasci. That`s how i came across this page. For me a new mattress, a good vacuum, and some good ol` bifenthrin and propoxur barrier application, should sort out the carpet party!…. `Till next year anyway.

My background is aquaponics/hydroponics. I have also been a pest control technician, a long time ago. Perth health department license number 4043. I have loved entomology since i was a kid. Nowadays as a horticulturalist insect identification is important, not just for play. Good aye!I’ve been battling black carpet beetles for well over a year now.

I moved in jan 15 and unfortunately brought them with me. Feb started seeing the larvae. Fed up, called pest control. Huge one in the U. S.

They will come out and do a free consult. Verify which type you have and how bad your infestation is. If u want treatment then you pay. He seemed knowledgeable on CB and gave good recommendations. He set glue traps and pharamone traps. Came back a week later and treated.

Unfortunately there are so many places they hide its impossible to get everywhere. I went to lowes and bought food grade DE and boric acid. Room by room I am putting it everywhere. The larvae die when they come in contact. Depending on how much they get on themselves, they die right away or within 24hours.

I am doing one room at a time. I find them attempting to find a new place to hide and they are ushually dead or dying. Not sure if it’s the DE or the chemicals he put down but prob both. I feel everyone’s pain. This is hell dealing with these creatures. I seem to be luckier than others.

No reactions, no infestation in my bed or clothes yet. I am keeping a small bit of hope I can win this. If not, pest place guarantees if you see any CB activity after they treat they will come back free of charge and re treat. They are a huge corporation so I assume they will keep up that promise. I will try and re post my results whether successful or not. Hope any of this info can help someone out there.

Good luck everyone!Hopefully we can all defeat the CB exchanging infoHello Patricia, Thank you so very much for taking the time writing your post. It is greatly appreciated. I can concur with your findings. My Carpet Beetle infestation situation was recently confirmed by the Agricultural Dept and a major pest company. I took specimens to them by using the procedures defined below into the Departments for analysis. I have quickly removed hundreds of Carpet Beetle Larvae and all other three stages of these beetles using full strength 91% straight rubbing alcohol and either q tips or cotton makeup removal pads.

It instantly removes these pests onto the q tips or pads from the private areas. There is a slight burn for a moment, but this works!Get a new spray bottle, fill with straight alcohol then spray q tip or makeup pad with alcohol then try removal of them. I also shaved the entire area every 2 days to clear all areas from the larvae hiding and used a new child’s toothbrush and shaving gel to assist in removal of larvae. Then sprayed entire area with the straight alcohol. Repeat procedure every 2 days until completely free from pests.

Spray alcohol daily to stop any further occurrence. Be sure to use new razors, toothbrushes, q tips, small cotton pads and new towel for each cleaning. This started with a little itching in our clothes, then noticed small holes in all clothing inc mens and womens underwear, t shirts, shirts, socks, sports bras and then towels. I did not start itching until it was way too late. I will now treat home, car and rv with this solution to clear problem. Use a small microscope and you can actually see the carpet beetles and larvae that you have removed on the q tips and pads.

Internet sells these small hand held microscopes at approx $15 on websites for bedbugs and pests. Very easy to use. If your not sure of what pests you find on you, this is the proof that the Agri Dept and pest companies may need to help you identify your pest issue. Place your specimens from the q tips and pads into small plastic sandwich type baggies and turn them over for analysis. This has been a serious bad nightmare but we have made strong ground to clearing up the human problem. Next the house.

Stay strong!to over come this large bump in the road and reclaim your life back. I will be using Alcohol on the entire large house, then D. E and Boric Acid applications along with pest company applications. Believe we may have came into contact with the carpet beetles by assisting friends removal of very old and dirty carpeting and beetles transferred onto our clothes. Who knew!Also found beetles in laundry room. lint!underHello Patricia, Thank you so very much for taking the time writing your post.

It is greatly appreciated. I can concur with your findings. My Carpet Beetle infestation situation was recently confirmed by the Agricultural Dept and a major pest company. I took specimens to them by using the procedures defined below into the Departments for analysis. I have quickly removed hundreds of Carpet Beetle Larvae and all other three stages of these beetles using full strength 91% straight rubbing alcohol and either q tips or cotton makeup removal pads. It instantly removes these pests onto the q tips or pads from the private areas.

There is a slight burn for a moment, but this works!Get a new spray bottle, fill with straight alcohol then spray q tip or makeup pad with alcohol then try removal of them. I also shaved the entire area every 2 days to clear all areas from the larvae hiding and used a new child’s toothbrush and shaving gel to assist in removal of larvae. Then sprayed entire area with the straight alcohol. Repeat procedure every 2 days until completely free from pests. Spray alcohol daily to stop any further occurrence. Be sure to use new razors, toothbrushes, q tips, small cotton pads and new towel for each cleaning.

This started with a little itching in our clothes, then noticed small holes in all clothing inc mens and womens underwear, t shirts, shirts, socks, sports bras and then towels. I did not start itching until it was way too late. I will now treat home, car and rv with this solution to clear problem. Use a small microscope and you can actually see the carpet beetles and larvae that you have removed on the q tips and pads. Internet sells these small hand held microscopes at approx $15 on websites for bedbugs and pests.

Very easy to use. If your not sure of what pests you find on you, this is the proof that the Agri Dept and pest companies may need to help you identify your pest issue. Place your specimens from the q tips and pads into small plastic sandwich type baggies and turn them over for analysis. This has been a serious bad nightmare but we have made strong ground to clearing up the human problem. Next the house.

Stay strong!to over come this large bump in the road and reclaim your life back. I will be using Alcohol on the entire large house, then D. E and Boric Acid applications along with pest company applications. Believe we may have came into contact with the carpet beetles by assisting friends removal of very old and dirty carpeting and beetles transferred onto our clothes. Who knew!Years ago when my adult children were little I still have little ones, too, they kept getting lice at school.

Treat five children and two adults with RID was killing us at $250 a pop!Finally, I decided to just try hand sanitizer in my own hair. It worked PERFECT. Killed even the eggs plus it loosened the glue like substance they attach the eggs with. I even used regular alcohol with the same results the sanitizer stayed in better and was easier to apply. Make sure it’s a VERY well ventilated area. Put Vaseline on the eyebrows to prevent dripping in the eyes!Lean backwards over the tub very tricky, soak the hair, wrap in a towel or use a shower cap.

Leave on for 20 minutes or so the adults die almost instantly then wash and use a TON of conditioner, you’re gonna need it!Do it again in 3 5 days and then again in 2 3 days for good measure. Of course vacuuming, washing etc. is very important as well. Not looking forward to this at all. Hey Eric, I’m going to tell you something you can do at home to keep then at bay, borax laundry detergent.

Sprinkle on your carpet and worth a broom sweep that stuff to the edges of your carpet and let sit for one week and THEN vacuum the stuff up. By the time I even noticed they had slre a full took over, if your clothes at the ends of them look like somebody had sit there and pull string by string out, you are already infested. I’ve thrown away alot of towels, washrags, and ALOT of clothes, I have nothing to wear except a pajama set…no pantys , no nothing and I’m really not trying to be funny at all… This is a serious matter let me tell you this and I’ll lethi, I am new to this site. I have cb for two years now. it is horrible. I find them on my face.

they are everywhere, under furniture, in clothes, purses, shoes, u name it they are there. eating threads out of everything. in my bed, wash sheets everynight. don’t even use a blanket, cover with a couple of towels. they are in my vents/heat ducts I use a sticky roller on floors, countertops, window sills, wherever I can. they are in my new shower curtain, pulling threads out.

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I keep my clothes in plastic bags, but they eat through them. it is an endless job. they are also in my car. had my house and car sprayed numerous times to no avail. I am putting boric acid inside couch again.

once again its amazing what the sticky roller picks up. and a lot of work over and overKari, I am not sure if this is the right way to contact you. I don’t know what to tell you. I moved from my other house and basically threw out everything. they were in my car as well. I think they could be in your hair and on your body, and in clothes, shoes, purse.

I really don’t know what to tell you. I have often thought about moving with the clothes on my back, no car, nothing. scarrey. moving place to place buying new clothes each day on the cheap and staying different places til u r rid of them. not an easy thing to do.

it seems like I am a host. they seem to want to be on my clothes, body all the time. when I am out its not so bad. I live in Ontario, Canada…it sounds like these carpet beedles are all over the continent. i didn’t find orkin or other pest companies helped, they thought i was delusional, but we know when we see or feel something foreign. My daughter got carpet beetles from a rug she purchased online… Omg she has been battling these pest for 6 months now.

They don’t die or leave easily!She had house sprayed by bug/pest controll twice in one month. Then she put the Ridex pest devices all throughout her house. They seem to be less prevalent now… For those of you who are experiencing bites and infestation in your hair… Those carpet beetles love to eat keratin your hair!. Maybe TeeTree oil in shampoo and a body spray after shower will help. It is antiseptic and healing. Maybe the carpet beetles won’t like it… It’s worth a try!Oh my goodness!What a nightmare.

I had never heard of these demon spawns until about a week an a half ago. I went out to my car one day to find little blackbugs, worms and cast off skin. It was on the hump in the front seat floor board so couldn’t be missed. IT was as if they all suddenly appeared overnight. I realized that it was in the same spot where my daughter had spilled her Dr. Pepper several months ago.

It had soaked into the carpet, blended in, and out of sight, out of mind. I was fortunate enough to find this web site so I had a bit of an idea as to what was going on, but I thought that what I had must be different because there was no biting, itching, stinging. In fact I took the car to a professional car wash, told them I had bugs and to vacuum it good, which they did. Then I went home and unloaded two cans of carpet cleaning spray onto my carpets and scrubbed and rubbed it in with my bare fingers. I would also pickup the bugs and worms and squash them to make sure they would not be coming back.

I took it back to have it vaccumed out again to get the dead bugs and shampoo that was left out. He told me that I was probably going to have to put chemical down to kill the bugs. I told him that I had contacted the pest control that we had a contract with and they didn’t do cars. He gave me the name of some else that he thought treated cars, but he was wrong. In the mean time I thought that the majority of them was gone from the shampooing and vaccuming and I would go out almost every day and kill between 5 10 bugs or worms. Then one day I saw a spot teaming with tee tee tiny somethings that looked like thread from what I could tell with the glasses that I had on.

I grab a wet paper towel and wiped them up. Shortly after that I began to experience pin pricks and itching. My head began to itch too. Of course I was practically standing on my head scrubbing the carpet with my fingers so I don’t doubt that something may have gotten in my hair. Thanks to this web site I had an idea of what was happening. Thanks to the Good Lord I ran across the following excerpt just before I went to the doctor so I showed it to him and he believed me.

The Doctor told me to use permethrin on my head and body every day for a week and then twice a week until the itching stopped. He also told me to take an antihistamine for the itching. I’m sensitive to chemicals but I did as he said, plus used pine tar soap, and tea tree shampoo for my head and body and lots of campho phenique. The campho and pine tar seem to help with the itching or healing. In the mean time while I was doing all of that for my self and daughter who was showing “bites” I got in my car and soaked it in a bug killer because I had a company that was coming today to shampoo my house, yes they found their way into the house ARGGGG and he agreed to shampoo my car for me too bless his heart !I put bug killer down on my living room carpet last night intending to do the whole house before he came to shampoo, but the order was so strong that I had to leave the doors cracked all night for ventilation. I woke up stuffy and with a headache, I have about 20 new “bites”on my shin and although I bath with lice stuff every day and change and wash all of the bedding and towels every day, I’m getting worse not better.




Any update from you would be good. Just wondering what has or not happened. I’m still living. Just trying to maintain. Lots of work.

I guess it helps that J and I are both on disability. If I was working I wouldn’t have time to do all this cleaning 10 hrs a day. It’s getting really old to both of us. We Have continued to try everything we can buy and try anything we can think of or read from somewhere. ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE WHO HAS POSTED A BLOG OR TWO PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH THRU THIS SITE. I KNOW I READ AND POST AS OFTEN AS I CAN.

LET’S CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION. Ok so when we moved into my apartment I noticed these worm Like bugs. I asked my apartment manager what they were. She said oh nothing just a bug. Now I’m noticing black beetle like bugs in the house.

I have three cats and a 1 year old so I really don’t want to spray a bunch of chemicals. If there anything I can do?My house is a mess at times but we vacuum alot. I notice the worm bugs under baseboards in my laundry room bathroom kitchen and around all baseboards. Please someone help me I want them out of my house for good. They have been her since before I moved in and I know my manager will say it’s due to my cats or my fault some how.

I know this because when I had showed her the picture of them she said “why don’t you check your cats food or litter. They are just bugs. ” I told her they have been here since move I and she said “the building is sprayed all the time so I don’t know what to tell you. ” Then she left a really old can of bug spray outside my door. Please help me out here.

First and seriously , start looking for a new place to live right away. The landlord clearly doesn’t care about anything but rent Now as for the larvae of whatever is near baseboards that is one insect’s “infants” it may or may not be the black beetle’s larvae you may have 2 obvious insect infestations If you have two, bet on more!If you can get a magnifying glass look at the black beetles if they are carpet beetles they will have a checkered body ordinarily black, gold and ivory/beige in a distinct pattern. They do leave larval casings and occasionally you can see the tiny worm like larvae on fabric, carpet, rugs, pet bedding,,etc. You MUST clean the house and inlets doors etc that lead into your apartment well leave no debris outside and nothing for them to congregate in by doors windows, etc. : first vacuum well, do it slower than usual to pick up more than usual.

Then mop : use very hot water with some essential oil of lemon – because it is the cheapest and will help suffocate any larvae by coating their mouthparts and burning their bodies like an acid would on skin 1 0z is about $2. 50 use the whole bottle in a bucket 3/4 full of hottest water and use a separate bucket of clean water to rinse and wring the mop out. Then following the tips in my last post to the pestkillorg site look up carpet beetles and follow them!Its the most effective method I know!The pest contract company that prays your apartment should be called by you and tell them the problem and if they have something they use ask them to come and apply it via the terms of your contract ie monthly, every two months,whatever it is and ask when the next treatment is due. If now, then schedule an appointment asap However, most companies don’t have anything as effective as what you need to do thorough cleaning;I can’t tell you how important this is…if all the chemicals in the world are dumped and deposited on your surfaces it still will not get rid of what can be accomplished with destroying old papers, magazines, mail piles, etc. pet hair, washing pet bedding or replacing it if washing really doesn’t freshen the fabric to the point it is really clean things like “febreeze” are USELESS in this situation and with babies, you really want to avoid that kind of chemical even a disinfectant like Lysol should only be used when absolutely necessary like a recent viral outbreak affecting your entire household, or a diaper accident, pet vomit, or other “acute” contamination . Disinfectants destroy the good bacteria too and in effect, decrease the growing immune system strength children’s systems are building.

For example,If you’ve ever sprayed it in a trash can and got a sinus infection out of the blue a day or so later it was the disinfectant you sprayed in the house!,When you do use the stuff, don’t stand over trash cans, or any close spaces it !close the lid fast and get out of that room If using it all over the house and surfaces as the completely irresponsible commercials are advertising presently, get the kids and pets out before opening the can and open a window in the room before hitting the surfaces, then close it once you are done or expect at least a sinus infection in a day or two after the treatment they are calling it “healthing” on the commercials it is beyond comprehension!as it kills the beneficial things that kill the bad things and the company knows this. Speaking of surfaces, do not use it on infants bedding, toys etc. it is not good unless they have been sick Anyway, chemicals do little for carpet beetles. Cleaning and looking for their nesting sites are far more effective means of ridding themMake sure the “black beetles” are not powder ost beetlesYou can tell the difference by looking around door jambs and window sills for little piles of “powder” actually cellulose that they have chewed from the wood – if you find that you can get out of any lease you signed immediately and collect your deposits, etc to move. They are in the walls and framing and you must have the apartment/ house tented to kill them and it is only about 75% effective along with spraying inside the walls, etc you can drastically reduce or eliminate powder post beetles. Identify the bugs with a magnifier first, then proceed.

Good Luck to you. Thank you for reading my blog. It’s Saturday night, 11:09 p. m. and I am crying as I write this. The beetles, larvae, worms etc are now getting into my instrument cases and actually adhering to the inside of some of them.

like my trumpet and violin. I am worried about mt cats as bathing “freaks them out” and I do know all of the tricks. For instance, placing them on top of an old screen, have gallon jugs of lukewarm water ready yadayadayada!The rest of my family is at my parents hose still socializing with out of town relatives. No one cares nor understands and this infestation and as been going at it since May!It’s just getting worse as it now is upstairs!I know about sealing cracks but some like those of older baseboards have to be somewhat exposed. God I put down the boric acid in closets and did not know to vacuum it up after two hours.

My exterminator told me all closets had to be emptied and clothes stored in vacuum bags before he would treat my house. i do notice, out of nowhere, suddenly little freckle like and light brown spots in areas on arms and a little itching . After reading these comments am a little concerned as I have not been out in the sun at all and use sunscreen year round, The depression and my back pain are both killing me and now I do not get up for several days. What should I use that will not be breathed in later on by both the cats and myself. As it is I am covered in bug spray all day long and bathe everyday.

It seems that I hate to admit it but this is BEYOND ME as i can never”catch up. The exhaustion, fear and the isolation. are paralyzing . I cannot tackle this alone and friends and relatives dismiss me by saying to spread that boric acid and vacuum, ” it will e fine!” I am so ready to…. I need to hire or get more hands on help. I really do not want to wind up in the “Grey Gardens.

” Any help, please. Is there any way someone could be allergic to adult carpet beetles. Not biting, but just them being in your clothes and it sort of just itching, that’s the only time I itch and I have sensitive skin and feel them move sometimes in the seems. I have found soe kind of big in between the layers of my bra too, carpet beetles?I am getting bit, but I’m guessing by a spider, there are two tiny holes right next to each other, I also am aware I could be getting bit by a flea, I have seen one or two, I have a dog. Also, do the larvae of the carpet beetle excrete any form of fluid if stepped on?If not any thoughts of what it could be. My bites, like I said are two next to another, basically every time but in ever itch.

people have told me I don’t have bedbugs. I also am having possible mold issues in my apartment. A window wouldn’t shut and let moisture in all winter and spring, I did finally get it shut but there are black spots growing on my bedroom wall, right by the window. They are small and seen to be increasing, no way it’s a carpet beetle right?But other than black spots my walls have a sort of yellow tiny to them and I see by my window, a blacking gray area where I think it’s where the moisture spread to the walls. I have been pretty physically ill too, I also have a compromised immune system.

I had surgery March 12 and have had many complications and have been hospitaized 3 times. Including this last time, I was there for 13 days, luckily my incision finally healed end of May. But after coming home this last time I have had a multitude of strange symptoms including, confusion and being worried about most everything, to not being able to keep my balance and losing a bunch of weight. Cognitively I was not right at all and still struggle with that sometimes. I was told by my neighbors daughter that they were worried about me at one point when I was in the hospital because I must have forgot to lock my patio door but I had a wood stick keeing intruders out but it doesn’t keep the door from opening about 7 inches.

So I think I got some other intruders, carpet beetles and who knows what else?I am not sure how,long it was open for, they didn’t say. I’ve also had 2 infection spots, that developed into MRSA which I had in my incision as well, but really anything breaking my skin could do that or I wondered about mold or fungus causing sin issues because it didn’t look like they were from a bite. I made the mistake of mentioning bugs to my doctor and was right away told I was having delusions, which I do have some mental health issues but nothing with psychosis, mainly just depression and environmental diagnoses. But I have never halucinated or been paranoid before and I had no symptoms before this last hospital stay and noticed the effects of bugs a couple days after being home. Of course I did have acute renal failure this time at the hospital, don’t know if there are side effects from that.

I’m getting so overwhelmed with these bugs and the fear they have caused. I live in an area in Nebraska that are reclaimed wetlands, so there are lots of bugs at my apartment complex, outside is what I’m referring to, especially fleas and ticks. But I’m almost certain about the carpet beetles because I kept getting things that stung on my feet and on top of my toes when I walked barefoot or with flip flops and it burned, shoppers, I’m guessing I was getting the hairs from the larva?Anyway any help would be great, I’ve read every comment, took me awhile, and I’ve tried some things already and will try more you guys suggested. But with my stress levels being high without the bug stuff, as I am disabled as well, I am struggling keeping my head above water so to speak when the bug things are bad and I am pretty sure I’m having pro lens with carpet beetles since my clothes, sheets and hair seem to be affected, as wellasmy dogs fur. I am at a loss of what to do anymore and fear saying anything to anyone about it anymore.

I have saved samples and shown them to people, I can’t afford expensive products and already bought blew bombs that also said it takes care of carpet beetles and bought natural and regular pesticides, I can’t really hire exterminator myself, living in an apartment complex, and in the beginning I told management about the things I noticed about possible bugs and they now think I either was or am crazy, didn’t know about patio door being open at that time, but I had also bought a used chair 2 days before being in the hospital and thought that is what caused it and got rid of it shortly after b3cause I was so paranoid. I really have no money as my rent takes almost half of my income, plus bills, it’s just so much and I can’t work, at least not until I restart my part time job again when school starts. I am tired of goi,g sick and want to give,up at times, it’s these sites lie this that help me see I am not alone. I have also had Morgellons symptoms,or possible Lyme disease symptoms but haven’t been tested yet. My primary physician treats me as just being that crazy patient and writes off all I say, even when the infections were first starting, she thinks I’m a hypochondriac, but I never go to the doctor unless I have a reason and most of the time I already have a follow up lately. I’ve been sick most of my life and have been to many doctors.

It has lowered my confidence with people not believing me about the signs of bugs, I’m not even able to feel confident to rely on my own thoughts anymore as nobody in my life believes me or even wants to. But I am not giving up, I will continue to fight, sorry this is so long!HELP I HAVE A 3 AND A HALF MONTH OLD BABY AND A 6 YR OLD AND I AM TERRIFIED FOR THEM!Hello, I live in an apartment with my mother in Los Angeles Ca. My bf and I used to have our own place but my grandma passed away and a month later my uncle did as well, so we came to live with my mom to make sure she is ok. I noticed these bugs about 3 months ago when I had brought my newborn home but I didn’t think nothing of it, just thought it was a random bug. Well I been finding these little suckers on me every now and then so I thought something might be up, so I held my flashlight out under the fouton/couch and sure enough I started finding more and more, It freaked me out so bad because my 6yr old son and I sleep on the floor on a big blanket because my moms apt is a 1 bedroom only unit and that means my poor baby and I have been sleeping on these things for awhile!Can u imagine how freaked out and how bad I felt!I started googling stuff and sure enough carpet mites/beetles!Today I cleaned EVERYTHING IN THE FRONTROOM and threw ALOT of stuff away!I used boric acid and some bug spray and now I am PRAYING TO GOD THEY ARE ALL GONE!Tomorrow I am going to clean and vacuum all over again. My question is, HOW DO U KNOW WHEN THEIR GONE FOR SURE?HOW DO U KNOW IF THEY HAVE SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS IN THE HOME?pls someone help I am desperate, not only do I have a 6 yr old but I also have a little 3 month old baby and I’m getting bad anxiety!I’ve had bad anxiety since yesterday when I found out, I can’t sleep at all because its all I think about!It’s 3 in the morning where I live.

We are MOVING OUT ASAP but for the time being I need some help. I am actually tearing up as I write this…my baby already has tracheomalacia which is when the windpipe in his cartlidge didn’t develop properly so he already has breathing problems and is prone to allergies. DOES ANY ONE KNOW IF IT CAN HARM OR AFFECT A BABY?I’M SO SCARED. I HOPE I GET A REPLY SOON, THANK YOU. So sorry, Deserie!They can cause allergic reactions. When you DO move, make sure you check EVERY inch of everything you take!We brought moths from our old house.

Now we have the carpet beetles. I think it’s a huge problem that’s being hid from the public for some reason. Not to cause mass panic perhaps?Oh, also wanted to mention something I found out from another board. If you are getting any type of state/federal assistance, you might be able to get help with moving. I’m not trying to assume, but I was a single mom at one time and needed help.

Just mentioning in case it can help you!KARI I’m in Salem, Oregon and have the black carpet beetles. BAD. My house is stuffed and messy so I’m in for a huge battle. I have so much paper, clothing, etc. They are everywhere.

Just found out yesterday that they seem to love towels. Had one on the bathroom floor and found eight of the on ONE towel. I’ve discovered that they love sunny windows in the morning, esp. so I’ve been going around and killing them. So gross.

They try to play dead when they’re touched. They just stop moving and I smash them!WTH?Never heard of a bug doing that. We also have clothing moths and they get in the dry food and my paper. Just disgusting. I discovered the beetles when I found larvae one day. I suspected it wasn’t the moths as it looked a little different.

So, I took an empty prescription bottle, placed a tiny piece of cotton inside and waited, check it once a week. It took two and a half months before I found two dead carpet beetles in there. I’m about to start on my home but it will take months. I’m disabled and have five kids still at home, three disabled as well. I wish I could just move and leave everything here.

I’ve lived here for 6 years now and I’ve never even set a roach. But within the past 2 weeks I’ve noticed larvae and worms, coming out between my walls and carpet, and I also see the white eggs in the carpet… I’m a very clean person who always keeps a clean home, how didi get these things?I’m going slap crazy, I’ve always had bug phobia, but my Dr put me on valium for my problem. … I’m not testing at night. Someone please help me. ….

and I also see very big holes in places, where you can tell SOMETHING is running in and out of…. any advice would be helpful. …. i also have a miniature dashound, will these hurt her in any way?Thank youCan someone help me?I recently discovered I have a carpet beetle infestation–I found some of the larvae husks first, then found that the bottom of my metal bed frame is covered in the bugs’ “sawdust” like droppings. Needless to say, I thoroughly inspected everything in my room from top to bottom. Here’s my question: I have a very large stuffed tiger that I’ve had since I was a kid.

It’s about four feet tall. I noticed a hole by one of the ears and then, to my horror, I saw what appears to be fecal matter staining the inside seams. I cut down the side of the head and it looks like these stains are built up all along the inside of the seam, throughout the entire stuffed animal. Do I have to throw away my tiger?I’d be heartbroken. Is there any way to salvage it?Obviously it’s way too big to fit inside my washer/dryer, so I don’t know if there’s anything else I can do… I’d appreciate any advice!Thanks!I am a 36 year old single mother and own my own home.

This spring my home became severely infested and I thought it was bedbugs for several months. It became so bad that I could not even make my kids lunches for school without covering up the sandwiches because “stuff” was falling from the ceiling, including drywall. I did make a big ticket purchase and got the Dyson vacuum and it’s made a huge difference. I started vacuuming the ceilings regularly and now I don’t feel them falling. But they are under the carpet which is only 2 years old.

My boyfriend would not eve entertain the idea; my parents both suggested I was having psychosis and I was even accused of using meth which I would NEVER touch!I’ve had welt marks like 2nd degree burns and the hairs and larvae have ruined my cuticles and nail beds. I’ve exterminated 3 times and I swear it did nothing. I can hear them squirming and clicking in the walls at night. My biggest financial achievement was buying this home and now I’m considering walking away if I don’t see improvement soon. I installed wood floors in one room and that helped. I’m going to have a steam clean on the carpet next.

I don’t talk about it to anyone because they tell me to quit obsessing. I’m silently suffering. Sorry to hear that others deal with this, but at least I know I am not nuts!Hey Mel, You are not nuts. I’m like you, smart enough to know what’s real or not. THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC. THESE BLOGS ON THIS SITE GIVE EXCELLENT IDEAS SO YOU CAN TRY, USE, ETC THAT FITS FOR YOU and YOUR SITUATION.

I knew it was real the first time I noticed or felt on sensations when I stood on the carpet throughout the house in March 2015. I positively knew when I got my first bites around the same time. We manage now, some days are better than others. I’M NOT ON THIS SITE TO TELL ANYONE WHAT TO USE, BUY, GIVE MEDICAL ADVICE AND ON, ON ON. I’M HERE AT PRESENT TIME to share what we have experienced, tried, worked, not worked, made life a little easier to bear, ect. I FOUND OUT AFTER 5 MONTHS OF LIVING WITH THIS SUPER BUG, INFESTATION, PAIN AND THE 20 OR SO INTELLIGENT PEOPLE WHO ARE AND WERE ON THIS SITE COMMUNICATING IS….

ALL OF OUR SYNARIOS ARE BASICALLY THE SAME JUST BITS AND PIECES ARE DIFFERENT DUE TO OUR GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION, FAMILY AND SO FORTH. This is what works to keep our infestation somewhat manageable and to keep what sanity we have left. 1 use rubbing alcohol in a sprayer anywhere including yourself. Soak what is not something in question but at this point we want our life back and we are willing to give up anything we own to get have it. So… for us spray everything, including your feet, bugs directly, anything. 2 USE ONLY INSECT SPRAYS THAT SAY KILLS CARPET BEETLES.

IN OUR AREA WE ONLY FOUND 2 or 3 Black Flag home insect control yellow/black plastic bottle 2, Spectracide bug stop home barrier 3 Hot Shot Bed bug and Flea killer, this worked at times during the pests 4 cycles of life. Yes dear, 4. Eggs, larvae pupae and adult. Might be out of order on that. Anyway. Try your ideas.



KEEP BLOGGING. All persons. CAN CALL TWO ZERO EIGHT 87ZERO, TWENTY ONE O2 IF YOU NEED OR WANT. I’m here 4u. Maggie thank you so much for that info, and my bf, our children and I live with my mom because we don’t want her to be alone because we lost my grandma/her mom recently and a month later lost my uncle/her brother due to cancer.

She refused to move with us, so we moved with her to make sure she is ok. They have put wood floors in the front room and it has got a lot better but I still see some flying around sometimes…how do you get rid of those ones?I’ve been looking around for a house to rent or buy this time. but I am just so scared that we’re gonna take them from here to our new place. how do you even get rid of them completely if you can’t even find out where the rest all are?Well the ones that are left flying. And Kari the boiled water and boric acid is a great idea, I’m going to try it!Also I have a question… I noticed a bit balding on the front of my hair by my forehead, if they get in your hair somehow can they cause hair loss?Idk if it’s that. or the fact that I just had my baby 4 and a half months ago and maybe I need some iron pills and vitamins or something.

idk. but it terrified me. thank you. Hope to hear back soonI really don’t know what the answer to this carpet beedle problems is!I have tried everything to no evail. everday I vaccum, still not working 100%.

last night I didn’t sleep at all. I have put protective covers on mattress and boxspring but they don’t fit perfect with the new mattress made in Canada. they are bite marks on cover of boxspring. I put tape on it. I have them in my couch as well.

put boric acid in cracks, still not working. I have had a few reactions to these cb, but lately not so bad. my clothes have been in bags since I moved here. what a mess. I’m too scared to put them on hangers in closet.

I’m sure they are everywhere, underwide furniture, windowsills. I hate them. I also don’t understand why they go for my legs and feet most of the time. will this ever end?My boyfriend recently discovered he had bed bugs, and now it seems there are other critters that have been living in his house. It’s an older house and he needs to some serious checking for places where things like possibly carpet bugs and spiders get in.

He just had his house heat treated 4 days ago, at great expense. The guy said this process ”pasteurizes” your house, kills everything. I’m wondering if anyone has tried this procedure before and if it worked. He said the temp. would go up to 150F and it took probably almost 6 hours. Now comes the process of cleaning the place, washing anything that didn’t get treated very carefully.

Unfortunately, his downstairs roommate has already been bitten by some kind of spider and I’m hoping someone has ideas for how to best keep them all away at this point, now that it should be pretty sterile in there. The worst part now is constantly feeling like things are crawling all over me. I’m pretty sure I don’t have bed bugs at my place although I’ve quickly become an obsessive checker, but I’ve honestly been feeling like I have something on me here. I’ve tried some things that seem to be helping and I’ve been doing laundry, also obsessively, after barely wearing things, they go into a clean garbage bag another clean one after washing. I’ve also been cleaning the place, and constantly looking at every tiny thing that might look like a bug.

What more can I say?HELP!Well we to are using steam 230degrees. Wish we knew about this procedure back when this vicious attack started back in February 2015. We’ve just started. We did have to invest about $1500. Commercial portable vacuum steamer unit, mattress encasements and still various pest control items.

Everyone who reads this…. please Google many thoughts in your mind. We have learned, heard and experienced more about these pests and the education continues daily. Last… the info regarding the 500% increase of these pests… bed bugs, carpet beetles, white flies, mites. It’s in relation to the end of the “50 yr “cycle of the eradication methods and chemicals used in the past that we as a country will never use again.

LOOK IT UP STARTING WITH THE CONTROL METHODS OF BED BUGS DURING THE DEPRESSION. It all makes sense. These pests are coming back in a vengeance. They are everywhere. Yes, in hospitals, Walmart, hotels, restaurants… yes, everywhere.

It does help. ThanksI’ve been here and let me tell you the good news, you can get past this!It does take some work. In my home we found them all over the place. After much reading, two pest companies, $800, etc. i started reading, alot. Here is the FACTS: 1 take a deep breath and know things will be okay, although if feels like life is on hold.

2 there are a “few” carpet beetles in every home… Keep an eye on you window screens, you’ll see. A few are not critical and does. Not mean anything more then you had a few get in, its no different then a spider or two a month… They get in. And NO they DO NOT bite. If they are biting, your not dealing with carpet beetles.

3 there is nothing in the components used to build a modern day home these things feed on. These things are looking to feed and breed. Feed is what will keep them around. If you have many of these everyday, you need to find the source that they are feeding on. It is there. The problem is, it maybe in your walls and i don’t mean the materials used to build them.

4 have you had mice?Problems with mice?Do you have a dog or cat… Meaning you have dog or cat food around?5 remember they are not eating the installation, paint, drywall, wires, etc. they are eating something like dead mice, dog food, cat food, etc. they can and will lerk in the dust behind the toilet or under a counter and you may find a few “skins” bit, this is not a colony of them. This can be cleaned up and move on. 6 if you see many skins in one area start looking there. If there are near a wall and you clean there daily, well the bad news it maybe in the wall.

7 these are easy to kill, any pest killer will work however, they multiply by the 100’s meaning you will never rid them with spray. Unless, its right on the food source they are making home. 8 find their food source!They will be there. Look for areas that you seem to find a lot of them. This is when the horror began it was also the turning point for my carpet beetles. When i pulled the drywall aside 1’x3′ chuck i saw millions of them.

All inside the wall, up the installation, drywall, etc. thats when i found the source, a pile of dog food, about 6″ deep spanning between two studs in the wall. I sprayed them like made, re attached and taped the drywall, let it sit over night, grabbed gloves, trash bags and gloves and started cleaning the wall out the next morning. Shop vac things clean. Sprayed and left the wall open for about a week and continued to spot kill them. In my case, i found a small hole near electric cabling in this wall, this led to a beam that ran to the garage, that had a dog food bowl sitting on the floor.

This mouse carried 10lbs of dog food into the wall and then died. Needless to say i stuffed this full of wire wool, caulking, etc. after about a week we would still find a few but only a few. We move our plants out, bought a fumigator from Amazon and set it loose in the house. Waited another week, patched the drywall, and kept watching… Well three years later, i still have no sign but have learned a great deal.

I hope this helps. Good luck to all of you, you will get through this. Good luck and god bless. To all that left tips on how to get rid of the bugs “Thank You. ” Some of you tend to be confused about the bug problem you have. The first thing you need to do is confirm whether it’s carpet beetles or bed bugs that your dealing with.

Initially I thought we had bed bugs, yet through research, I’ve come to find out it’s carpet beetles. Either way you need to then find out the specific treatment for each bug. It’s very important so that you can treat it properly. Call in help by getting a free estimate from a bug company. Take pics with your phone.

Then research on line the bug and the best way to treat it. I’m still dealing with my new situation. If I find any of the recommendations I’ve read really work I will post a follow up. Lynda Morrow it sounds like you have bed bugs. Best of luck to all. Hello Carpet Beetle Sufferers… thank you Kari for your response and persistence and support with this issue.

It’s been about 7 months now for me and I haven’t seen any adult beetles, but I’m still dealing with the physical aspect. My son and I both felt sick all summer and had yellowish skin and spontaneous bursts of fluid coming from our scalp. I started taking the food grade diatomaceous earth supplement to kill off anything living inside my body, which seemed to work. Then I broke my foot and stopped taking it. Now I’m worthless as far as maintaining the problem on crutches. I have noticed what seems to be drain flies however hovering in the bathroom and sitting on the walls.

Does anyone else notice the drain fly issue after having carpet beetles?I feel nuts, but I know I’m not. Thank youWe were in California in an apartment and these things were eating away at the top layer of the box spring mattress and living in the crevices under the folded piping edges where the sides are sewn to the top. You could unfold that edge and they were just hanging out especially near the head of the bed. We had welts on our body. These things travel around slowly leaving their prickly hairs which apparently can trigger bad allergic burning reactions on the skin. My wife had one on her face and I had a few very intense burning raised hives on my neck and back.

Finally we found an old bathrobe quite old and made of wool/cotton blend that was pretty well infested. We scoured the closets and found them here and there on sweaters etc. We vacuumed everything including all edges of mattress, used borax and DE here and there and eucaluptus and cedar oil in a candle defuser, as well as moth balls now and then… they were gone. Recently I have found a couple here and there randomly they persist so you need to stay on top of it the moment you see one. The beetles fly in and lay eggs so they can come back any time.

I have garden containers for vegetables and I find them in the soil/compost which attracts them. They love rotting stuff especially hair or feathers or fabrics that are rotten. Make sure your screens are repaired to prevent adults coming into your home. Use borax in problem spots that are upholstered and any metal windowsills. Then DE elsewhere.

The best thing you can do is search for them and vacuum all crevices, inspects closets linens and hampers and window areas. Consider pesticides if none of the above are working. I’m currently dealing with carpet beetles. Landlord has had my unit sprayed in October and again end of January and I’m getting a third treatment on Wednesday. Since the treatment in January I have been sweeping and vacuuming daily!The larvae have gone down in number, but every day I’m still finding 3 4 of them. I don’t have any carpet and have thrown out my couches and mattress.

Replaced couches with regular plastic chairs from Ikea because I’m too afraid right now to get anything with cloth. Put a protector on the new mattress to be on the safe side. If it’s supposed to keep out bed bugs then I’m hoping it keeps out these beetles. I started noticing little black bugs on the living room ceiling then all hell broke loose. I was getting bit by something and felt like it was burrowing in my skin. Only thing I could find that did that was scabies but took a sample to pest control company and they told me it was carpet beetles.

Pest control companies will check samples free for you if you go to their office. I packed up all pictures, knick knacks, etc. everything in big plastic storage containers with borax laundry booster sprinkled in them because they can hide anywhere and everywhere. Put all clothes in doubled, black garbage bags with borax sprinkled in them. When I changed clothes I put dirty ones in a separate bag with borax until they could be laundered. I bought cleaner for eye contacts and put that and borax still use borax in laundry, as the contact cleaner kills protein on the contacts and pests are made out of protein.

I sprinkled a large amount of borax everywhere on floors, couches, chairs, beds, bed frames, tables, in my car, everywhere. It was winter so on very cold nights, I would put bags of clothes, sheets, towels, blankets, etc on porch that hadn’t been washed yet hoping it would freeze some of the critters inside. I didn’t do any cooking. Threw food away out of cabinets such as boxed cake mixes, crackers, spices, etc. as carpet beetles can get in these easily.

Emptied out canisters and now anything like that stays in the refrigerator or in air tight glass containers. I slept on the couch every night for 6 months. I would bathe every night in Epsom Salt and bought Neem Oil and mixed it up in a spray bottle and sprayed that on myself when I finished bathing. Neem Oil is great for mites and critters. I would put the sheets, blankets and PJs in dryer on high heat for 20 minutes before I used them to sleep with.

I slept with a shower cap on my head with Vasoline around the rim of that. Wore socks and put pant legs inside them and wore latex gloves when sleeping. Always wore shoes in the house. After I used brushes, combs, rollers, etc, I would put them in a baggie in the freezer overnight. When I got dressed the next day, I got what I needed out of plastic garbage bag, put it in dryer to get the borax and whatever else out of it and put it on. I lived like this for 6 months.

By that time, the borax started getting to me and my cat. It was hell getting all the borax up and vacuumed out of everything but it worked. After vacuuming, I sprayed everything down with the Neem Oil. I thoroughly vacuumed every day for months afterwards. It was even longer before I finally stopped living out of the plastic garbage bags. I definitely wanted to make sure they were gone before I decided to get my pictures and things back out.

This may sound extreme, but it worked. I live alone so it was alot easier for me than for someone with children. One other tip: the only thing I could find for treating scabies as I thought I had them and went to the ER was Permethrin 5% cream left on the skin for 10 14 hours and then washed off in the shower. I didn’t want to have poison on me for that long so I did some research and found that Ivermectin pills can be prescribed instead of the cream. I showed the information regarding this to the ER doctor and he prescribed this for me and it worked against whatever was biting me. This was a hell that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.