IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS
Skin beetles have been observed in the building
Skin beetles have been observed in the building and treatments / preventive treatment against skin beetles is going to be carried out. Your home must be treated all three times regardless of whether you have observed skin beetles or not. The treatment does not cause unpleasant smells and it is safe for humans and pets. However, humans and pets must not stay in the home during the treatment itself, and you must wait 20 minutes after the treatment is completed before re-entering your home.
It is essential that Absolut Pest Control has access to all homes within the specified time period. If you cannot be home yourself, please make sure someone is there to let us in. The key could possibly be left with a neighbour or a caretaker or maybe it can be placed in a caretaker mailbox.
Dates for all three treatments
When your home is being treated for skin beetles
Whether or not you have observed skin beetles, it is important that you follow these guidelines:
- Treatment is carried out all along the skirting boards, therefore, if it is possible, please ensure that the skirting boards are freely accessible. Wherever possible, furniture placed against the walls should be moved approx. 50 cm away from them.
- You must vacuum the entire home thoroughly, especially along the skirting boards, just before each treatment. On the days between treatments, avoid vacuuming right up to the skirting boards.
- You must empty your kitchen cabinets – and drawers for foodstuffs and kitchen utensils before we arrive. (Items can be placed on the kitchen or dining room table and put back in the cupboards after the treatment.)
- Infected foodstuffs are discarded or placed in the freezer at minus 18 degrees for a minimum of 72 hours.
- We must have access to all pipe penetrations, technical cabinets and the like in the home.
- Do not clean thoroughly immediately after the treatment. Do not wash or clean the treated areas. We recommend that you do not wash the floor all the way up to the skirting boards during the entire treatment period.
- You should completely refrain from using other insecticides during the weeks when the pest control is carried out.
Information on skin beetles
Skin beetles are part of the beetle family, and they mainly feed on dry plant- or animal remains. Some skin beetles feed on cartilage and dried meat scraps, other on hairs and feathers. You might call them nature’s “bin men”, as they are the ones who dispose of the remains of dead animals. It could be a dead mouse or a rat underneath flooring, or a dead bird on the attic.
The adult beetles are 7-9 mm in length, brown-black in colour and easily recognisable by the light brown band with six dots across the front half of their backs. The larvae can reach up to 15 mm in length and are brown in colour with lighter undersides, clearly jointed with long bristles emerging from each joint. If you experience a larder beetle infestation, it very often originates from a pigeon’s nest in the attic or a dead mouse under the floor.
A grown dermestes haemorrhoidalis can reach 10 mm in length. The beetle is blackish-brown on the top, but looks slightly golden underneath because of its small hairs. The dermestes haemorrhoidalis larvae are dark-brown on the top but slightly lighter underneath. The skin beetles are extremely good at sniffing out carrion. When an adult female skin beetle discovers carrion, it will lay up to 200 eggs inside it. The eggs become larvae, which feed on the carrion they have been laid in.
The larvae from a dermestes haemorrhoidalis take about a month to evolve if the temperature is ideal; about 20 degrees Celsius. When the larvae are fully grown, they leave their birthplace and find somewhere to pupate. The larvae evolve into adult beetles, which emerge in May or June.
Brown carpet beetle
The grown beetles are 3-4 mm in length. The elytron, that cover the hind part of its abdomen, are brown, while its head and thorax are almost black.
The larvae are up to 8 mm in length, golden-brown in colour and have a pencil-shaped wisp of hair at the back. With the naked eye, it is not possible to distinguish the larvae from the varied carpet beetle, a more serious pest.