Carpet beetle bites
Carpet beetles are attracted by animal based products in your home and they may even find their way into your bed which can be a terrible irritant. But here is the thing: you don’t need to worry about the adult carpet beetle as these have no appetite for you natural fabric or nor will they bite you. The larvae on the other hand are a menace.
The larvae feed on fabrics and they have small bristles on the skin that prick you and can cause an allergic reaction when they come in contact with your skin. Most people mistake this reaction for a bite (especially a bed bug bite) but it’s actually just a reaction to the bristles. Apart from giving you a severe itch and allergic reaction in some people these larvae can cause damage to your fabrics like natural cottons, leather, silks, furs, wools and hair or lint in the house.
How to treat a carpet beetle rash
These little creatures can come in contact with your skin and causing a rash that looks like welts and like we said they may even be mistaken for bed bug bites. The rash has a burning sensation and may be accompanied with a severe itch. More pronounced allergic reactions to the carpet beetle can result in red and teary eyes which can also be itchy. Carpet beetles can also cause a runny nose, hives and in some people gastrointestinal issues.
If you come in contact with a carpet beetle you should clean the area with warm water and then apply a hydrocortisone cream to stop the itching and swelling. If the reaction is severe seek a doctor’s help.
How to get rid of carpet beetles
Carpet beetles are attracted to warmth and light and these are present in the home. Once they are inside they will find a hiding place in the carpet. They are attracted to the sweat odor on clothes so make sure to keep the clothes clean and well aired in the closet. Also consider having airtight containers where you place clothes that are not frequently used. For example, store your winter clothes in airtight containers over summer and vice versa for summer clothes.
For items that you clean with water makes that you use insecticide to kill off any carpet beetle larvae and air before you return it into the house. Make sure the larvae are dead.
Finally, vacuum the floors and carpets and rugs should be taken to professionals for a deep clean. Check heating vents for any carpet beetles and larvae and vacuum those areas as well.