How do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Carpet?
It can be difficult to get rid of bed bugs without a professional exterminator. And while we always suggest you seek treatment from a team like the one at Arrow Exterminators, Inc., we understand if you want to take measures to curb the infestation on your own.
If you want to get rid of bugs in your carpet, you can:
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a properly sealed bag
- Spread diatomaceous earth on the carpet before vacuuming
- Vacuum thoroughly, going over the area multiple times
- Repeat steps 1-3 if desired
- Remove the bag outside and seal properly
- For extra protection, consider a rug shampoo or steam clean
Cleaning Bed Bugs Out of Rugs and Carpet
It’s easy to overlook that, while bed bugs prefer to inhabit mattresses close to potential food sources, they may also hide on other surfaces, including in your carpet. Luckily, that makes them easy to vacuum and clean using the steps listed in the previous sections. This may reduce the number of bed bugs, but if you want to clear out the infestation entirely you’ll need the help of a professional pest control technician from Arrow Exterminators, Inc..
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Bed Bugs or Carpet Beetles?
Bed bugs look very similar to, and are commonly mistaken for, carpet beetles. Of course, there are a few ways you can tell the two pests apart. Carpet beetles are mottled in several shades of brown and white, while bed bugs are one shade of reddish brown that gets even redder after a blood meal.
Furthermore, bed bugs are rarely seen out of hiding unless they’re feeding on blood at night. Whereas carpet beetles can be found at any time of day, happily feeding on carpet fibers and oil particles. Both may cause irritation to the skin, but for carpet beetles it’s a rash from contact with the larvae as opposed to a bite from a bed bug.
Do You Need to Get Carpets Professionally Cleaned After Bed Bugs?
With professional bed bug treatment, you can trust that your bed bug infestation has been thoroughly contained – from the cracks in the walls, to your bedding, furniture, and carpets. You don’t need to do it, but if it would bring you peace of mind you can get your carpets professionally cleaned. The steam and high heat will definitely kill any remaining bugs and eggs.