How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles with Natural Home Remedies

How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles are a nuisance pest that can deal damage to clothes, carpets, and other fabric-based materials. They aren’t known for being a threat to humans and pets, but may cause extensive damage to carpets and upholstery if left untreated. Here are our top suggestions for getting rid of carpet beetles.

1. Apply Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

If the carpet beetle problem is isolated to the carpet area then we suggest trying out food-grade diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle a fine layer of this naturally-occurring powder around and underneath the carpet. Diatomaceous earth can gradually kill carpet beetles by absorbing oils and fats from the insect’s exoskeleton.

2. Steam and Vacuum Your House

Find a good steamer and apply the heat to every spot of the house where the carpet beetle and the larvae are likely to be found. For clothes, we suggest putting them a dryer for at least thirty minutes at temperature of 120°F (make sure the clothes can handle high heat before doing so). UC IPM also suggests placing infested objects inside a freezer for two weeks to control the carpet beetle infestation.

In addition to steaming the house, make sure to also vacuum the house regularly. You will want a vacuum cleaner with a disposable bag so that any captured insects can be easily disposed of.

3. Clean the Surface with Vinegar

Prevention is the best way to manage pest control problems. One simple cleaning remedy is to use white vinegar solution to scrub away dirt and stains on the furniture surface. To create the vinegar solution, we suggest mixing 7 parts vinegar with 3 parts water. Apple cider vinegar also works as an alternative.

4. Sprinkle Boric Acid on Infested Carpets

Boric acid could be used as an alternative to food-grade diatomaceous earth. Distribute a fine layer of boric acid on the carpet then vacuum thoroughly after a few hours. Boric acid can eliminate insects like carpet beetles by acting as a stomach poison. It’s a naturally-occurring mineral but should be applied with caution as large exposure may lead to health problems like nausea and abdominal pain.