Given all of the benefits that carpets provide, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular flooring material.
However— like anything— despite the advantages, there are some disadvantages associated with carpet. Because of its fibrous nature, it attracts dirt, debris, oil, dust, and dander that can get trapped in carpeting, which can lead to staining. This can make your floors look dirty and dingy, and even smelly.
But these aren’t the only things that can get trapped in the fibers of your carpets—believe it or not, insects can get trapped in those fibers, too. Yes, your carpet can be filled with creepy-crawlies, and while hearing that may give you the heebie-jeebies, it’s important to be aware that insects in your carpets could be a sign of a deeper pest problem which should be addressed as quickly as possible.
The longer you wait to eradicate these insects in your carpets, the worse the problem will become, and you could eventually be looking at serious destruction that’ll require costly repairs.
So, what kind of insects can nest inside the fibers of your carpeting?
Here’s a look at three of the most common carpet pests:
Don’t let the name fool you. Though they may be called “bed bugs”, beds aren’t the only place these pests can take up residence— they also love to congregate in carpets.
These pests like to hide out in dark, warm, out-of-the-way spots. They can burrow deep within the fibers of a carpet, most commonly where the carpeting meets the wall or along baseboards, as well as underneath the carpet itself.
Bed bugs are small, flat, wingless insects with six legs. The colors vary, and can include whitish, brownish, and rusty red.
As the name suggests, carpet beetles love to take up residence in carpets. That’s because these pests feed on the fibers that carpets are made of— such as wool, cotton, and even polyester.
Adult carpet beetles can fly into your home through opened doors and windows, and when they do, they can lay eggs on rugs, carpets, and furnishings. As the eggs hatch, the larvae can start munching on the fibers in your carpets. As the larvae mature into adults, they can lay more eggs, bringing in an entirely new generation of the pests, and the cycle continues. If left untreated, the problem can become seriously out of hand, and eventually, your carpets can become extensively damaged.
Carpet moths are a member of the Tineidae family of moths, and they’re often referred to as tapestry moths. Carpet moths like to eat products that are fibrous and made of animal proteins, such as wool— however, they can also eat synthetic materials, like polyester.
As they munch on the fibers that your carpets are made of, they are capable of extensive damage. The carpets aren’t the only parts of your house that these pests can damage— they can also damage leather and wood.
Carpet moths are smaller than the common house moth and they’re a light brown in color. The forewings usually have three dots on them, and the hind wings are smaller and lighter in color than the forewings. They don’t usually fly, but rather, they tend to hop around at the floor level.