Posted by John Fasoldt on 6:46:45 6/24/2014 from 18.104.22.168:
In reply to: Carpet beetles posted by Dena on 1:58:45 6/24/2014 from 22.214.171.124:
Cleaning won't eliminate the problem, you are attacking the symptom, not the disease. Since they are stored product pests, you must find the source. Start in the kitchen, examine all your processed foods, cake mixes, cookies, crackers, cereals, anything that is made in a factory.
Usually, these things come from the factory, with the larva already in them. So go through all the stuff in your kitchen cabinets, start with the open boxes first. Stand over the sink, look in the box, shake some out in your hands, look for the signs. If you find some, toss it. Or, if you know where you got it, you can take it back to the store and get a replacement. After you find that, KEEP GOING. When you get done with the open stuff, look at all the unopened boxes, examine them carefully, open them if you have to. Toss any that are suspicious.
After you're done, whether or not you've found them, clean out the cabinet(s) and then vacuum them out, including UNDER all the shelves. These little guys come out of the box, crawl away to hide so they can develop into adults, so it is imperative you do this. Also do the cabinets on either side of the infected one(s). DO NOT SPRAY INSECTICIDES! If you do a good job of vacuuming, none is necessary. If you can, wash them out with soap and water, again, even underneath too.
Most of the time an exterminator won't be necessary, especially when you do a really good job.
Also, remember that some stored product pests live on the outside too, so an ID of the bug might be helpful. See if you can identify your bugs, I have listed many of the common ones:
Dog food is a notorious source of these pests, they don't have the same rules for processing as they do with human foods. Take the dog food back to the store you got it from for a refund. Keep your dry dog food in a container with a tight-fitting lid, and examine it every time you open it up.
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