Keep Carpet Beetles Out of Your Bouquet

Carpet beetle control begins in the garden.

Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen. What?! Carpet beetle larvae (common household pests) feed on lint, and on natural fibers in clothing, carpeting, upholstery, and other furnishings. But adult carpet beetles hang out in the GARDEN, not in the house.

Before you bring in that bouquet of fresh flowers, be sure to shake out the beetles. We’re not kidding. In a matter of a few minutes Thrasher Termite & Pest Control identified carpet beetles feasting on the pollen of three different kinds of flowers in a California garden: Shasta daisies, yarrow, and poppies. The photos below are enlarged. Adult carpet beetles are quite small, only about 1/8th of an inch in length. Be sure none are hiding in the petals of your garden bouquet before it enters the house.

Carpet Beetles on Shasta Daisy 3

Carpet Beetle on Yarrow 2

Carpet Beetles in Poppy

Carpet Beetles on Poppy Pollen

In large numbers, carpet beetles can be very destructive. In addition to consuming natural fibers, Carpet beetles can also be pests in dried food products, such as flour, corn meal, cereal, and other similar foods.

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control has been eliminating carpet beetle problems for over 35 years. We begin by definitively identifying the pest and the areas of infestation. Then we apply the most effective solution for for your specific situation. Insecticides and Integrated Pest Management techniques are used to control carpet beetles. Our technicians will discuss strategies you can use to prevent further infestation.

By |2016-10-28T14:16:14+00:00April 15th, 2015|Categories: Beetles|Tags: , |0 Comments

About the Author:

Garrett Thrasher is Vice President and General Manager of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal, Inc., Chairperson of the San Diego District of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), a member of the bedbugFREE network, and a member of the National Pest Management Association. Author of The Bed Bug Battle Plan: Field Tested Solutions for Bed Bug Extermination and Prevention (ISBN: 1500838209), Garrett’s solid understanding of bed bugs, their behavior, current outbreaks, and experience on camera has made him a leading contact for news and media outlets. He is also a sought after speaker on the topic of managing online reviews for positive impact. He has spoken at PestWorld and PestTech, and was featured in PCT Magazine and the PCT Podcast. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal is accredited by QualityPro–the mark of excellence in pest management.

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