Found Bugs In Your Carpet?

They can get into the carpet pile after manufacturing before it leaves the manufacturing warehouse. They can also get into the carpet during shipping, after delivery to the dealer or after installation.

If bugs show up in the home after the new roll of carpet is installed, the bugs may have already been present in the home prior to installation, or the eggs were laid in the pile sometime after the manufacturing process.

Bugs cannot survive the heat generated in the manufacturing of the carpet. Prior to dyeing, the carpet is sprayed with boiling hot water at about 214°, to open up the dye sites. After dying, the carpet goes through the finishing ovens at approximately 250°- 300°.  Bugs cannot survive this process.

In order to survive, the bugs must feed off food droppings or dried animal products such as wool, silk, felt, hair, fur, feathers, dead animals, and stuffed trophy heads. They cannot feed off the synthetic material used to make the carpet.

The fact is that it is difficult to determine exactly where the bugs came from. Finding an Entomologist to identify the bug is often helpful in determining where they came from. (Some bugs aren’t found in certain parts of the country.)

Who is responsible?

Do not point fingers or blame any certain party, because it is far too difficult to find the source of your bugs.  The best plan is to call a pest controller and move on.

Carpet made of synthetic fiber have no life-sustaining nutrients for bugs to feed on. They do not feed on synthetic fabrics unless the synthetics are blends, or they are stained with urine, sweat, or food.

Carpet beetle larvae are repelled by light and are usually found burrowed deeply into infested material or in drawers, cases, and storage bins. The adults are often seen crawling up walls and congregating on window ledges.