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E. Vinje

Hi Lena –

Carpet beetles can be some of the most difficult pest to eradicate due to their ability to disperse widely and their success at finding food almost anywhere. Cleaning and sanitation are key to keeping infestations under control. Eliminate any deposits of hair, lint, dead insects or other debris that the beetles love to feast on. Remove badly infested items from your household. Remove any bird, spider, bee, rodent or wasp nest which can provide sanctuary for infestations. Regular and thorough vacuum will remove all life cycle stages of the pest. Make sure to dispose of bag promptly after vacuuming to prevent further infestations.

Unfortunately, from my research there are no organic insecticides that specify that they will take care of carpet beetle larvae. Boric acid is very low in toxicity and recommended by multiple sources.


Good Luck!