Carpet Beetles are very common pests to Beaverton and Portland Area homes. Most of the severe damage caused by carpet beetles are due to the larvae eating the natural fibers in your home. They love to feast on wool, fur, felt, animal hair, silk, leather and feathers. They are also fairly small and can go unnoticed for quite some time. While they are in their earlier stages the larvae become caterpillar like with bristly hairs that can irritate your skin.
    As adults the bodies become oval shape and grow to a size of 1 to 4 mm. These beetles are more likely to feed on pollen, flowers and plants, but they become attracted to light so they will fly into your homes at any opportunity to lay their eggs near a food source.  Females lay eggs between spring and fall and can lay up to 100 eggs. These eggs only take 2 weeks to hatch into larvae. At this rate it only takes a few females to create a full blown infestation in your home. Where you see the adults hanging around light fixtures or windows, you can be assured the eggs and larvae are somewhere thriving in your place. Look for holes from feeding habits and damage, also look for the skin they shed as they change life stages.
    So what do you do if you think you have an infestation? Even a spotless house can have carpet beetles hiding in clothing, furniture or rugs. If you see any indication you have been invaded you need to contact the pest control specialists at Sasquatch Pest Control. They can evaluate the extent of your problem and get you started on the proper path of ridding your space of these disgusting pest. Call today! 503.828.1814