8 Ways To Clean A Bug Infested Carpet Quickly And Efficiently

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Alycia Gordan

Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia

Guess who eats cloth and carpet? It’s not hard to answer this question. Carpet beetles have a good appetite for snacking on linen, cotton, and rayon. These tiny scavengers don’t stop until they have consumed your carpet entirely. Therefore, you need to take quick action. There’s no scope for dilly-dallying here.

Any delay will translate into the carpet bugs jumping onto your clothing items and gifting you a nightmare of itches. In addition to carpet beetles, your carpet can also be home to dust mites, bed bugs, and flea.

Such bugs are hosts for diseases, causing allergies and potentially triggering asthma attacks. These can also cause skin irritation such as breakouts and itching. Only a few bugs in your carpet can multiply quickly to cause an infestation. Certain female bugs such as bed bugs lay between 1 to 5 eggs daily. Others such as fleas can lay up to 40-50 eggs in a day.

Therefore, your action plan is clear – work to quickly get rid of the bugs seeking shelter in your carpet. Mentioned below are some of the ways to clear your carpet:

1. Use an insect fogger

Insect foggers are also nicknamed as bug bombs, and they are, literally, tiny dynamites that go off and cause widespread death among carpet bugs. You have to place a bug bomb in the center of the infected room and head out of the house.

Eventually, when this fogger explodes, its content is sprayed upwards. Eventually, the insecticide content of the bug bomb settles in the carpet and kills the bugs. As for you, you need to plan a field trip or a picnic the day you set up an insect fogger. Note that these are hazardous for health, so it is best to return only after the fogger has died down.

2. Try a carpet shampoo

Various carpet shampoos are shelved in the market, formulated to deal with carpets infected with pests. You have to ensure that you buy the right shampoo for dealing with this matter. Make sure you read a product thoroughly before using it for thoroughly understanding product usage.

3. Give boric acid a shot

Another way to clean your bug infested carpet efficiently is dusting boric acid. All you have to do is boric acid from stores, which specialize in selling pest-control products. If you are unsure about how to go about using boric acid or your carpet’s condition is beyond control, call in a professional for getting your carpet cleaned and bugproof.

Using boric acid isn’t tough though, you only have to spread it on your carpet. From then on, it will attach itself to the bug’s body. When the bug ingests the acid, it’ll die soon. After roughly two hours of application, vacuum away the boric acid.

4. Steam clean your carpet

Steam cleaning your carpet is another helpful approach for cleaning your bug infested carpet. Before you begin though, you need to empty the room where your carpet is presented. In other words, remove all the furniture.

Next, vacuum the carpet to get rid of a sizeable portion of the bugs, debris, and bug droppings. After cleaning each inch of the carpet with your vacuum cleaner, start steam cleaning it. Such a cleaner uses hot water with a cleaning solution. Once done, let your carpet dry before you bring in your belongings. Here is a stepwise break down of steam cleaning your carpet.

5. Employ hormone-enriched glue traps for stubborn infestations

If the bug infestation in your carpet is adamant and does not go away with the other methods mentioned here, a hormone-based glue trap method can help. You can place such sticky traps in every nook and cranny of your house to attract and catch beetles. This assists in preventing further problems as well.

You also need to put such traps at entry points like doors, windows, crevice and in confined areas where beetles are bad. These hormone-based traps can help catch beetles. Check these traps 1-2 times in a week. On a side note, you can buy such traps from pesticide or pest control supply stores.

6. Vacuum regularly

The point here is to vacuum your carpet regularly. Over half a million people living in Britain don’t vacuum their carpets. Interestingly, this reveals how many people don’t ‘regularly’ vacuum their carpets.

The only problem here is that uncleaned carpet is a great breeding ground for bugs. The fact of the matter is that the larvae need to be left undisturbed to mature. By vacuuming your carpet though, you are, essentially, disturbing the larvae, which keeps a bug infestation at bay. Plus, the vacuum will suck up adult bugs as well so they wouldn’t get a chance to their eggs.

7. Remove any outdoor nests or sources

Another way to get rid of carpet infestations and make sure that the beetles don’t return is to remove any sources where the beetles can hide. To this end, check your doors and screens for any holes and keep them closed. Throw away any old spider webs, rodent, bees, or birds nest.

It is also best to examine any plants or flowers that can be welcoming spots for carpet larvae or beetles. If you spot any bugs in the plant pot, leave it outside. For a recurring infestation, spray liquid insecticides near the entry points and in the vicinity of the lower outside portion of your house.

8. Use apple cider vinegar as a natural insecticide

Apple cider vinegar serves as a natural insecticide, which you can choose over other insecticides when you have pets and small children at home. Apple cider vinegar is toxic for the carpet beetles.

What you can do is create a vinegar solution in a spray bottle. Mix vinegar and water in equal quantity and pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Then spray this mix onto the carpet for quick relief from a carpet infestation.

Take home message

These eight ways should help you get rid of carpet bugs in no time. Some of these measures can also work to prevent a re-infestation. You will have to resort to professional help if the situation is dire.

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