How to get rid of carpet beetles — and stop these 'woolly bears' coming back

A closeup of an adult carpet beetles on an isolated white background
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Learning how to get rid of carpet beetles is crucial to stopping these pesky insects from causing significant damage to your home and your belongings. 

Carpet beetles might be tiny in size, but their presence can have a big impact on your home. These common household pests are notorious for their ability to infest and feed on various organic materials, including certain types of carpet, fabrics, and even stored food.  

A headshot of Adam Juson, co-founder of Merlin Environmental
Adam Juson

Adam is Co-founder and Director of Merlin Environmental, offering commercial pest control to businesses of all types and sizes across the UK. His encyclopaedic knowledge of common household pests makes him an excellent resource for ridding your home of destructive insects and rodents.

Gabriella Dyson
Assistant Editor

Gabriella is Homebuilding & Renovating's Assistant Editor. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design. She’s spent the past decade crafting copy for regional publications, award-winning architects, and leading UK homeware brands. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and listed properties, and she is currently in the process of renovating a Grade II-listed Victorian coach house in the West Country. At Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Gabriella is responsible for curating the magazine's home case studies and regularly contributes to the Homebuilding website.