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Thread: Advice needed for carpet beetles....help...my fabric!!

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    Advice needed for carpet beetles....help...my fabric!!

    I'm pretty sure we have brown carpet beetles or at least they look just like them....mega yikes! Does anyone know what the chances are of them eating my fabric? I am in panic mode. My husband sprayed tonight, but I am thinking I need to check my fabric, place it in the dryer for 30 minutes and put it in sealed containers. If anyone has had them before any tips or recommendations for getting rid of them would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kathy
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    I know bugs in general don't like bay leaves. I'd put some bay leaves in net bags and put them all over in your fabric area. Your could just lay bay leaves around, too. I have them all over my pantry and never have problems with any bugs in there. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbingwell View Post
    I know bugs in general don't like bay leaves. I'd put some bay leaves in net bags and put them all over in your fabric area. Your could just lay bay leaves around, too. I have them all over my pantry and never have problems with any bugs in there. Good luck!
    Lets face it, even the bugs can't take the cold. LOL But, it is true, there are not too many bugs up there to contend with, the worst is No-seeums and the black flies when the wind blows shoreward off of Superior.
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    I recently went through moths in my pantry. I got rid of them fast with little effort. I called an exterminator. LOL He said bay leaves use to be a minor deterrent to some bugs but now they seem to not mind them very much. Either the bay leaves are milder or the bugs are getting stronger.
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    I would first positively identify the little critter using Google images. Then you could research their preferred diet and see if fabric is a tasty snack. In the meanwhile, putting all your fabric through a hot cycle in the dryer and then sealed away for a while might be a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbingwell View Post
    I know bugs in general don't like bay leaves. I'd put some bay leaves in net bags and put them all over in your fabric area. Your could just lay bay leaves around, too. I have them all over my pantry and never have problems with any bugs in there. Good luck!
    As soon as I saw the headline 'Fresh Bay Leaf ' My SIL grows it along her garden beds and through out her house. NO BUGS or SLUGS invade her area. Even keeps the flies and mosquito's away from picnic areas. And they do not harm the wonderful insects that pollinate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I would first positively identify the little critter using Google images. Then you could research their preferred diet and see if fabric is a tasty snack. In the meanwhile, putting all your fabric through a hot cycle in the dryer and then sealed away for a while might be a good idea.
    Keep in mind that cotton fabric is a cellulose product, so if they eat cellulose, your fabric is in peril.
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    jbingwell-Thanks for the great tip I'm going to get some netting and make some bags and put them all over in my fabric area. I had one of they guy's from the pest control company stop by. He thought they looked like weevils, but he took one back for his boss to examine and identify it. I hope they're not carpet beetles! I should know something today. Thanks again for your tip
    Kathy

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    Yooper32-I don't know what to make of these little bugs. blah I'm waiting to hear back from the pest control guy today.
    Kathy

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    Onebyone-I'm still going to try the bay leaf remedy too in addition to the spray that my husband did. I hope they'll help to get rid of these little buggers. I don't know what in the heck these little things are, but hoping they're gone very soon.
    Kathy

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    Stitchit123-I'm going to pick up some fresh bay leaves today
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    madamekelly-I hope these bugs don't get into my fabric. I checked some of it and didn't see any, but that doesn't mean they're not tucked away in another piece that I didn't check. I hope they're not carpet beetles. I'm waiting patiently to hear back from the extermination guy. My friend said they looked like boll weevils, but we checked the cupboards/pantry cabinet and couldn't find any so I don't know what to think of these bugs. They don't seem to be in my kitchen. I've found them in the bedrooms and my sewing/computer room. I did buy some fabric from a woman for $1 yard about 3-4 weeks ago and some embroidery thread. I hope they weren't in the fabric! ughhhh
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    Tartan-I did research and they look like a bettle type of bug. I'm waiting to hear back from the bug guy. I was going to wash all of the fabric and buy containers. When I emailed a pic to the secretary of the bug company the owner thought they looked like boll weevils. I told her I can't find them in the kitchen though. So one of the exterminators picked up the bug late yesterday afternoon for the owner to look at so they're going to get back to me today. This is soooo creepy to know you have bugs. blahhh I keep vacuuming and my husband sprayed. Keeping my eyes, fingers and toes crossed these aren't something that are going to eat fabric. I told my mom I didn't care if they were to eat my clothing, etc, but not my fabric!! hehehe It's too expensive to replace and I just LOVE my fabric. I would die if it got destroyed.
    Kathy

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