How to get rid of
Carpet asters are legion in Canada. Their larvae invade homes and museums, causing extensive damage to carpets, and art objects and poisoning our food.
How do I get rid of it? Thanks to a professional exterminator in Montreal, but how do you know what the insect itself looks like? How does it reproduce, what are the habits of this harmful to man? How can we guard against his massive attack?
Here are professional answers to all his questions.
Description of the insect?
Carpet attogen is a minor insect pest in the dermestidfamily. Adult it has some resemblance to the ladybug. It measures 2.8mm to 5mm with an oval shape and its dark brown or black color.
Adults feed on nectar and pollen. They are able to fly.
The larvae are cylindrical golden brown in color. Their head and paws are well developed. When they become mature, they measure between 6mm and 15mm in length.
They are hairy. The tip of their abdomen is bristling with long brown hairs.
|Nom français||Attagène noir du tapis|
|Nom anglais||Black Carpet Beetle|
|Nom latin||Attagenus unicolor|
Hantavirus, definition and mode of transmission
Hantavirus is a severe lung syndrome caused by a virus. It is secreted in the urine, feces and saliva of infected animals. Most often these are rodents. When humans come into direct or indirect contact with these secretions, the virus is transmitted to them. Ditto when they are bitten by infected rodents.
However, the virus is not transmitted from human to human, only from animal to human. This type of disease is called zoonoses because they can only be transmitted to humans through an animal. It has been found that domestic animals (apart from the domestic rat) and livestock cannot contract hantavirus so there is every reason to believe that only rodents can carry it.
Symptoms of hantavirus
Being a lung disease, one of the characteristic symptoms of hantavirus is difficulty breathing. At the beginning of the disease, the infected person begins to feel fever, chills, headache and muscle pain.
It is about two weeks after the appearance of the first symptoms that they are usually accompanied by a feeling of shortness of breath. Nevertheless, this last manifestation of the disease can be observed after two days as after six weeks; it depends on the organism of the individual.
Hantavirus can also lead to kidney disease or infection. And although they are rare and very few people are prone to them, there is currently no treatment to combat these ailments. It is therefore better to be careful not to contract them.
Know the life cycle of carpet attagena
Carpet attagena develops inside houses. The insect reproduces at a temperature of 15-30 ° C. The female lays 50-100 eggs at the foot of the walls, behind the skirting boards, in the attic, in cracks and feces.
The eggs hatch three weeks later and in wet conditions.
The larva has a lifespan of 1-2 years. The larval stage lasts from 258 days to 639 days and the larva will metamorphose up to 20 times depending on the conditions of humidity and temperature. His last envelope serves as his cocoon. It takes him 6 to 24 days to become an adult.
Adults live from 14 to 40 days. on average 28 days for the adult male and 36 for the female.
Mat attagena supports winter in the adult and larval state. There is only one generation of carpet attagena per year.
Exterminator tips to avoid carpet beetle infestation
Carpet beetle infestations can be prevented by adopting a few guidelines:
- Install mosquito nets or fine fences to close any ventilation that may allow the insect to return home,
- Refill the crevices and all the holes you will find in your home,
- Keep your windows closed,
- Vacuum often on and under carpets without forgetting the furniture,
- Empty your mud and open the cupboards so that air enters them. Then close them,
- Then close them and reseal all the crevices,
- Clean the tops and bottoms of carpets, curtains and furs. Have them dry washed,
- Dry wash or expose your laundry to the cold for a few days,
- You can also wash your clothes with warm soapy water.
- Find holes in carpets and food,
- Notice the presence of larval exuviae in food.
Is carpet infestation harmful?
Unicolored attagenus feeds on natural fibers, attacks carpets, clothes, leather furniture. He also likes leftover pet food, dead insects, grains like wheat, oats, rye, corn or soybeans.
- The adult enters the dwellings through all openings, without causing any damage, except to reproduce and spawn voracious larvae:
- Furniture or carpets infected with carpet beetle larvae can lead to allergy or dermatitis in humans/children. This happens when, for example, the latter plays, lies on the carpets without realizing the presence of the mats,
- The larva of the carpet attagena perforates the linens, especially the clothes soaked in sweat,
- It is a minor seed pest ,
- It develops in closets and museums because it finds art objects of an organic nature: furs, insect specimens, leathers, etc.
- It attacks processed foods (alfalfa flour, ground corn, barley, bran) and pierces them,
- Dead larvae are found in these foodstuffs.
Contact an exterminationexpert.
The means implemented by the professional exterminator
The exterminator will use one or more of the following means.
Spraying destruction of organic insecticides that will attack and kill the insect’s nervous system. it applies these products through the cracks and place of passage of the insect.
It vaporizes in a circular manner while heading towards the exit of the room concerned.
these manipulations are carried out under the safety conditions laid down by the AQGP
- Elimination by use of powders such as earth diatoms. This powder kills the insect by dehydrating it.
- Extermination by thorough cleaning of the house.
- Eradication by use of traps.
Be aware that it can be dangerous for you and your offspring to use these different products yourself to exterminate these unsirable insects. Especially since not all products work on them.
So use a carpet attogen exterminator,but not just any one. A true professional exterminator:
- Has an extermination permit provided by the Quebec Ministry of the Environment with the inscription: C5. This means that the pest has been trained and authorized to de extermination of parasites in compliance with Environment Canada regulations,
- Has a developed and very precise working method,
- Always has at his disposal a technician with a professional certification in extermination,
- Quickly rush to the scene to identify the pests, their source and the degree of infestation,
- Offers a treatment specifically tailored to your case,
- Forms and sensitizes the inhabitants to the various measures they must take to stop suffering from these pests,
- Works discreetly.
- Offers you a formal guarantee on the effectiveness of its treatment against carpet attagen.
And you, have you been a victim of carpet asters? If so, how did you proceed with their elimination? Tell us in the comments below.