PACKTITE + Carpet Beetles(6 posts)
Will it kill em?
I threw a ton of infested clothing in there and roasted for 4 hours.
Just curious....I see that you're in nyc (I think....Upper East Side?)
I am too. How did you find out you had carpet beetles? What were your symptoms?
At this point we may not have bed bugs anymore but something is biting us.....and its definitely not fleas, since we don't have pets or any exposure to them.
I am not sure of the temps needed to kill carpet beetles. I'm also not an expert, but I understand that people with allergic reactions to carpet beetles are reacting to their presence, and perhaps to body parts encountered in the home. In contrast with bed bugs-- which we kill to prevent bites-- it seems like killing carpet beetles isn't enough. Instead, wouldn't you have to make sure they were actually gone, to avoid allergic reactions?
If so, for clothing and linens, washing/drying may make more sense.
Perhaps someone who knows more about CBs can weigh in.
I'm getting rid of a lot of clothing and don't want to send it out with carpet beetles, so I've put everything into the packtite for four hours. Been battling these disgusting things for years. No matter how often I clean, dust, vacuum, etc., they remain. I feel like they're living in my couch (disgusting, I know). They are also in dark areas of my closets. I keep everything in stackable space bag boxes now which helps, but they are definitely still around. Have stumbled on random larvae (uggggghhh) and in the warm months they fly around the apartment and die on the window sill which is very typical.
Does anyone know what temps are required to kill them?
PS- I'd rather battle these (or any other critter) than to ever have to battle bed bugs again.
I seem to have them also, confirmed via another post. From reading, boric acid seems to be one of the best methods of control. I've also picked up some clothes moth/beetle stuff that you put in closets and other areas wool exists.
Best I've read on the monsters is vacuuming often and making sure that any hair and dust is cleaned up. Since we have a child, boric acid will need to be strategically placed in areas she can't get to.
Wish I could offer more, but I'm really just starting my battle.
It should kill then but its not the correct way to resolve a carpet beetle issue.
A hot wash with a biological washing powder would be best as this will remove the allergens which cause the reaction.
As much as I love the PackTite for bedbugs I would advise against its use for carpet beetles as the drying of the air and the air flow may actually make a carpet beetle problem worse by releasing the hairs which actually cause the problem in the first place.
Please see the link below.
Hope that helps.
Bed Bugs Limited
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