On 12 Sep 2004 04:04:55 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mypuprocks) wrote:
:) Hello. I had a bad infestation of carpet beetles in my previous apartment, from
:) which I moved about six months ago. Today I opened a box of papers, desk
:) supplies, etc. that I had packed about six months ago (yes, I'm still
:) unpacking!), and I noticed some carpet beetle larvae in a small plastic lined
:) box. Much to my shock and disgust, the larvae were alive and moving! Up until
:) today, I was relieved that I hadn't seen any carpet beetles (adults, larvae or
:) eggs) in my new home, but now I see that I have managed to transport the little
:) monsters nearly 500 miles. What I am most surprised about is that the larvae
:) were still alive, and they were living in a plastic box with no apparent food
:) source. I thought that carpet beetle larvae fed on wool, silk, feathers, fur,
:) etc. How is it possible that these disgusting critters survived for six months
:) without an apparent food source? Do they eat paper and cardboard, too? Do they
:) eat cotton? Could they have survived by eating the cardboard of the outer box?
:) Also, how do I get rid of these things? I tried absolutely everything in my
:) previous apartment. Even highly concentrated mothball vapors didn't seem to
:) eradicate them. I have never encountered such tenacious pests. It's easier to
:) get rid of rats and mice than carpet beetles! Carpet beetles are very
:) destructive, and the larvae are absolutely revolting to look at. If any one can
:) answer my above questions or provide help, I thank you.
They can also eat meal type sustenance...hard to say what they were
surviving on, they may be able to go long periods of time without
feeding. They are as common as house flies, so you probably can't
ever be totally rid of them, but you can protect your clothing by
storing clean clothes in air tight containers..zipper bags are not air
tight. If you go the way of the mothball, get the ones that use
Paradichlorabenzine (PDCB), it not only just help repel but will kill
what may be in the closets, though if you have a stack of wool
sweaters or suits on hangers jammed together they can survive if the
air movement does not contact them.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.