There are a lot of bugs that can be found in our home, but for today’s write-up, we are going to focus our strings on carpet bugs. So, what’s a carpet bug?
A carpet bug or what some would often call beetle is an insect that can cause some degree of damages, not only to your carpet but other properties in your home that has been left disinfected.
Generally, carpet bugs are fond of natural animal fibres like fur, wool, feathers and silk. And they can go a long way in damaging furniture and clothing items in one’s home. Luckily for us, with the right set of tools and treatment strategies, one can ultimately eradicate these damage-causing insects out of their home.
In discarding carpet bugs, one has to find the appropriate source of the infestation. However, the origin will only be potent when the below steps are first put into place before treatment, to make the control process a lot easier.
There is nothing worse than attempting to get rid of carpet bugs in a dirty, sand-filled carpet, as that will do nothing more than waste whatever product you’re using. Instead, before treating the area, use a vacuum cleaner to clean the carpet of that dirt and debris. That will set the stage for a more potent method to the total eradication of the bugs.
And given that these bugs are mostly seen in dark places such as closets, pantries and cabinet, it’d be ideal for you to clean those places regularly. Other than that, always try to target things in your home, which you can’t wash using machines, items such as curtain fabrics, rugs, furniture and so on. After vacuuming these things and places in the house, turn out the vacuum canister into a trash bag, seal it properly, and toss it into a trash can.
Overall, vacuuming your carpet every day before and after your bug treatment, immensely assists in the decrease of carpet bug infestation in your home.
The next step you should take before disinfecting your home, is in cleaning fabrics, steaming carpets and furniture using a high heat element. Given that bugs can’t survive in heated areas or surfaces with high heat temperature, cleaning home items with hot water, for instance, can help in drastically reducing the presence of these damaging bugs.
Plus, after cleaning them, it would be ideal to air them under a heat temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit and above, in case the bugs somehow found a way to stick around while you were cleaning the fabric or equipment. The logic behind this is that the high temperature of heat destroys any carpet bug, larvae, eggs or adult, that will be present on the carpet or fabric you’ll be cleaning.
Also, always remember to launder your beddings, clothes, towels, and any other linen in your home, and only dry-clean materials made from silk. If you have other materials that are not washable, then you can put them inside the dryer to kill off the bugs. If you don’t have a dryer, you can make use of what is known as “steam cleaner,” which can help you in killing off those bugs rapidly.
The most potent way of getting rid of carpet bugs is through the use of insecticides.
As soon as you’re done setting the grand stage for the treatment of carpet bugs, you should start by spraying your entire house with good insecticide sprays. Ideally, go for those that are specifically designed for carpet bugs. Carpet bug insecticide is the perfect choice because of the presence of IGR (INSECT GROWTH REGULATOR), which helps in not only killing carpet bugs but also work in preventing their eggs and larvae from growing into adult bugs. So, do yourself a favour by checking for the presence of IGR in a carpet bug insecticide, before buying it.
Still, not all carpet bug sprays are great to be used on every part of the carpet, which is why you need to confirm on the label if you can use it on every area of the carpet or just the spot where the bugs are. You don’t want to damage your entire rug, all in the name of bugs spray, so always read the label. And even after you’ve read the label, don’t just go straight to your carpet and spray. Preferably, first, test it on inconspicuous spots in the house or, better still, meet with a guru for proper directives.
While spraying, you shouldn’t just focus on your carpet alone, but also target places and things like furniture, closets, window frames, and so on. You need to do this to enhance a thorough and emphatic attack on the bugs, regardless of where they may be hiding.
For the areas in your home that may be hard to reach, after spraying the corners, apply a speck of insecticide dust to those areas in case they must have found their way up to places beyond your spraying-reach. You can make these applications every six months, inside your electrical outlets, under places like baseboards, and so on.
And if you’re particular about having to monitor your infestation, you can make use of glue board traps, by placing them inside your closets, or any dark spot in your room, which will help you capture their larvae and the adult carpet bugs. In the subsequent weeks after your treatment, you should have a lesser amount of the bugs stuck in the trap. However, if they are much, then that means you never did a thorough infestation.