Is Your Carpet An Inn For Insects?
To all kinds of insect, your carpet is a cosy hotel, offering camouflage from human eyes. Not to mention an endless food supply from dropped food and dead skin cells. Some insects will even feast on the carpet itself! The only downfall to the carpet inn is the threat of the vacuum cleaner. Although the bugs can easily relocate to the outskirts to where the carpet meets the wall, which offers them a great safe respite.
Common unwanted guests that love your carpet:
The most common insect found in many carpets is the dust mite. These creatures are microscopic and live mainly on dead skin cells. Although they don’t carry diseases, they can trigger allergic reactions in asthma sufferers. A dust mite will never go hungry as we shed over 10 grams of dead skin a week.
Fleas will also thrive in a lovely, soft carpet. They also live off dead skin but are mostly fond of digested blood. Fleas grow best in the warm, so in the winter when the heating is on they will breed like there’s no tomorrow. Adult fleas can live up to one year without feeding. However, given the opportunity, they will make a lovely meal out of your ankles and feet. They will then lay their eggs, creating a major infestation in a very short amount of time.
Carpet beetles hibernate throughout the winter. When they emerge from their sleep they will seek out light, so will make their way to the windows. This is why it’s best to keep your windows open during spring cleaning. When the larvae hatch in mid-March, they will eat anything in site. Any woollen fabrics, carpets and clothes are not safe around these bugs, but they won’t attack any pure synthetic fibres.
Another guest at the inn could be bed bugs. Don’t be fooled by the name, they will definitely favour the edge of the carpet given the chance. If you think you might have an infestation, vacuum around your skirting boards thoroughly, especially near the head of the bed. Once this is done, empty your vacuum immediately outside into a sealed bin. Steam cleaning is also good for carpets, but don’t do this if you are receiving pest control help from a professional.
Prevention is always much easier than the cure. Vigilant vacuuming all carpets in your home will evict any unwanted pests who want to take a break in the cosiness of your carpets.