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How do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Carpet?

Bed bugs prefer to hide in mattresses and furniture, but they can infest your carpet as well. To get rid of bed bugs in your carpet or rug, here’s what you can do:

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a bag system that can be sealed and tossed out without opening it back up
  • Spread diatomaceous earth on the carpet where you plan on vacuuming
  • Thoroughly vacuum the area, going over it at least two or three times
  • Repeat steps 1-3 one or two more times depending on the severity of the problem
  • Remove the vacuum cleaner bag outside if possible. Dispose of it in a sealed trash can
  • For extra protection, consider getting the carpet or rug shampooed or steam cleaned
a person vacuums bed bugs out of the carpet

Do bed bugs infest my carpet?

It’s not surprising that bed bugs would enjoy rugs and carpet given everything else we know about them. You might imagine them burrowing to the bottom of your carpet, but actually they stay closer to the surface. This is good news because otherwise it would be extremely difficult to vacuum them up.

Bed Bugs or Carpet Beetles?

If you do see a bed bug in your carpet, there’s a chance it might not be a bed bug. It might be a carpet beetle.

These two pests look very similar to the untrained eye, and sometimes the easiest way to tell them apart is to look for their larvae. Bed bug nymphs (larvae) look like thin little worms. Carpet beetle larvae look like fuzzy miniature caterpillars. No matter what they are, though, vacuuming them up by following the steps outlined above can make a big difference.

Steam cleaning for bed bugs

Professional bed bug exterminators have powerful tools they can use to get rid of a bed bug infestation in your carpet or rug. Steam treatment performed by a pest control technician is a great choice for carpet because it’s safe and effective – and one of the only ways you can be sure you’re taking care of the whole problem.

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