Home Living: how to get rid of carpet beetles

Today, I was doing my usual house cleaning and routine and came across a few dead beetles in my kitchen. My new condo, that I moved into three months ago, has been fairly well maintained. However, I don’t think the last tenants were very clean – they had three kids living in this two bedroom suite which I just can’t even imagine.

I don’t think there is a large infestation, as I see maybe one or two bugs every few days. This is the most I’ve seen since moving in. Due to this, I purchased a really good vacuum from Walmart, to stay on top of the cleaning. I thought I would share some natural ways for you to clean your home – to get rid of annoying bugs like ants, beetles and fleas.

Also, worth to share – while cleaning my dining area, I bashed my arm into the pantry so freaking hard that it nearly ripped off the door and toppled over. I sacrificed my arm for this post – and there’s going to be a huge bruise tomorrow.

Note: bedbugs are a different beast. And one that I’ve dealt with in the past. The only real way to get rid of bedbugs, is to hire professionals. There are things you can do to minimize your infestation, but once they are in your mattress, it’s time to call the pros and dispose of your mattress- sadly. I’ve lost THREE mattresses in my adult hood – one to a flood, one to bedbugs – I left most of my furniture behind – and in my last condo, mice. None of these were my fault.


Vacuum regularly

The joys of having carpet in a condo building. I lived with laminate floors in my last place and got by with a $35 stick vacuum from Amazon. But as I learned, while the stick vacuum was great for the bathrooms and kitchen, it did nothing for the carpet.

I went to Walmart after weeks of trying to find a good vacuum on Amazon – the reviews are so mixed. I found a decent looking vacuum on sale for $70 CDN. It was lightweight, bagless and seemed easy to keep clean.

I was excited to take it home and try it out. The amount of dirt it picked up from the carpet was gross. I don’t think the last tenants cleaned the carpet like they said. I may have to hire professionals to do it for me at the six month mark.

I love Bissell vacuums. I believe it was this model – Powerforce Bagless Upright. My only complaint with this one is the cord is fairly short and pops out of the outlet easily.

For best results, you may want to vacuum every day or even twice a day for the first week or so – at least in areas where you suspect there may be a nest or an entry point. This is a little harder to do with heating vents like we have – as that’s where rodents and bugs travel through.

You will want to vacuum under the vents and around the vent areas as well. I also doubled down and sprayed them with an insecticide soap that I’ll get to next.

Don’t forget to check behind your appliances – fridges and stoves are perfect hiding spots for bugs and rodents as I discovered in my last condo. I learned to include these spots in my weekly vacuuming rituals.

Powerforce Bagless Upright Vacuum

BISSELL

$70-100 depending on where you order it from. I strongly suggest you get the next model up. Though this one does well for smaller spaces like apartments or condos.

What I like about this model, is there’s no bag to fiddle with. No filters or any parts you need to buy. Just empty the tank on a regular basis.

Make sure to wear a mask when doing so!

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Insecticide Soaps

I don’t remember which website I was on that suggested this to me. But insecticide soaps are safe to use indoors and outdoors. They are mainly to be used on plants and flowers to kill things like aphids and other tiny bugs that come in with your flowers. You can also use the soap on your balcony or patio. These soaps are safe to use and do not contain harmful chemicals.

Bob Villa’s website recommends products like Safer Insect Killing Soap. This comes in a spray bottle form. Make sure to get a premixed solution like the one featured in the image to the right.

You can buy these at any home depot or hardware, gardening and home supplies stores.

insecticidal soap

Homemade Soaps

Not a fan of store bought soaps? You can make your own blends for cleaning infested areas for a fraction of the cost. Soaps can be made using products you likely already have in your kitchen or pantry.

  • 1 gallon jug of distilled or sterilized water
  • Mild liquid or dish soap
  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Vegetable oil (optional)

Fill the jug or spray bottle with water – distilled is best – leave an inch or so at the top. Add in the other ingredients. Shake or mix well – make sure the lid is on tight.

You can use this soap mix on your floors, walls, heating vents, or non fabric furniture.

Another option is to use vinegar, water and dish soap in a spray bottle. I use this mixture to clean my bathrooms and it makes things smell really good. You can also spray this on your carpet, let sit for a couple of hours and then vacuum. I started doing this in my bedroom, and I haven’t seen many bugs in there since.


Food and pantry storage

Depending on what type of beetles you are finding around your home, and where – you may want to invest in some air tight containers for your pantry items. Anything that doesn’t come with a seal tight lead should be stored in either a glass container, mason jar, or cannister.

Thanks to cleaners on TikTok which seem to be an ongoing trend, I’ve learned a lot about cleaning tips and new tools for organization.

Try to avoid plastic bags in the pantry as rodents and some bugs can easily chew through these. Bugs are attracted to things like cereals, rice and grains, so these should be stored in air tight containers. Not only will this help keep bugs out – but it will also help to keep your food longer.

Use a garbage can with a lid to keep out mice or rats depending on where you live. Take out the garbage often. I’m bad for this one and need to get back into taking garbage out every other day. Not only is this as great way to help keep your home bug and rodent free, but it will also help your home to smell clean and fresh. Something that is important in hot and humid weather!


Seal off point of entries

I see this suggestion in a lot of blogs and websites when it comes to dealing with insects. But you know, insects are SO SMALL that sometimes it’s impossible to do this. Especially when you have vents or lots of windows. I would suggest this more so for dealing with mice. Mice can travel through the tiniest crack – about the width of a pencil. If you suspect you have a rodent or heavy bug infestation, I really recommend calling in a pro. They have commercial grade products that will help seal your home up faster.

For bugs – I don’t recommend this. Beetles are fairly easy to get rid of if you keep on top of cleaning and treating your home with insecticides. These are more environmentally friendly solutions to getting rid of beetles. But if you can narrow it down to a specific spot – then that may be the best option for you.

Since I’m not a home expert, I’ll leave you to do the research for yourself on how to seal up entry points. Caulking should work fine for bugs – but it depends on your home, age, and size of entry points.

There’s a lot of talk on the internet about using essential oils – but I’m not sure how well these will work. Peppermint oil is said to work well, but I think for me, I’m going to stick to regular cleaning and insect soap.

Here is a list of other products that come highly recommended for getting rid of unwanted bug. You can order these online or visit local home and garden stores in your area.

  • Sticky or beetle traps
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Peppermint oil
  • Lavender plants

Have you battled a beetle infestation in your home? How did you get rid of them? Let me know in the comments!


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