No pest is a greater threat to museum and antique collections than carpet beetles.
Like clothes moths, they feed on keratin found in hair, feathers and wool, resulting in catastrophic damage to irreplaceable collections of taxidermy and antique fabrics.
Our carpet beetle removal is a sensitive, bespoke pest control service which exterminates them at all stages of their lifecycle without damaging the often delicate and valuable items they infest.
Carpet beetles are a stubborn and destructive pest. The adult beetles only lives for around 2 weeks, while the larvae live between 1-3 years.
Because they spend so long in their larval stage, their infestation can go unnoticed for years, unlike clothes moths, which are given away by the clumsy flying adults.
Because they feed on keratin (animal fibers) and chitin (insect matter), carpet beetles thrive amongst taxidermy, insect collections and old fabrics.
Museums and antique shops often despair when taking an item out of storage only to discover it’s been ruined by ravenous carpet beetle larvae.
Art galleries, museums and antique stores all trust Environ with emergency and ongoing carpet beetle treatment, so we’re well equipped for dealing with removing infestations from sensitive, valuable materials.
Our carpet beetle removal and control service carefully exterminates larvae, eggs and beetles using any combination of residual treatment, insecticides, fogging and temperature treatment. We then proof your building to prevent future infestation.
This often includes proofing against birds. Birds carry carpet beetles from nest to nest (the carpet beetle’s natural habitat), where they can crawl inside from the roof through vents, pipework and window gaps.
Carpet beetles aren’t just a plague in museums, they’re also often found in the home. In fact, we’ve gone on many bed bug jobs where the true culprit has turned out to be carpet beetles.
While carpet beetles don’t bite, the fine hairs shed by carpet beetle larvae are highly allergenic, causing clusters of small, irritated bumps which – to the untrained eye – can look a lot like bedbug bites.
We also often discover carpet beetles on clothes moth jobs, as they thrive around the same food sources and in the same warm conditions. Luckily, the same treatments work for both, so we can kill two birds (or bugs) with one stone.
Carpet beetles can go unseen for months, even years. Unfortunately, the way they’re usually discovered is by the damage they’ve done.
If you want to destroy carpet beetles before they destroy your valuables, call us now for a free professional survey of your premises and any items inside. We will then provide you with a quote for their removal and proofing.