Bed bugs in carpets are a sign of bed bug infestation that you can easily ignore.
It’s because they’re hard to spot.
But by the time you finish reading this post, you’ll be able to spot bed bugs in carpets like a pro.
In this guide, you’ll find 4 signs of bed bugs in carpets.
You’ll find out why bed bugs infest carpet and in what situations. Plus, you’ll also learn how to get rid of bed bugs in carpets without spending a dime.
The #1 Reason For Bed Bugs In Carpet?
This is important.
Without knowing the backstory of bed bugs in carpets, you’ll ignore the bigger reason that’s drawing bed bugs to your carpets and rugs.
In all honesty, bed bugs in carpets and rugs are signs of a bed bug infestation that has gone severe in your home.
Ideally, bed bugs remain within 6-8 ft from where they get their blood meals.
So, if there are bed bugs in your bed or couch, then they’ll hide in thin gaps and cracks that lie within 6-8 ft from your bed or couch.
The hiding places include dresser drawers, wardrobes, furniture, and rugs and carpets too.
But if there are bed bugs in the carpets and rugs which are farther than 6-8 ft from your bed, then you should worry about a bed bug infestation in your home.
It’s because the number of bed bugs in your home has increased. And they’re looking for new places to hide.
That’s why they’re hiding in whatever cozy thing that they can get, which includes your carpets and rugs.
Another reason that bed bugs can get to your carpet is by hitchhiking.
If you’ve brought anything from a bed bug-infested place and kept it on your carpet, then you can transfer bed bugs to your carpet and home.
The point to keep in mind is that bed bugs can get to your carpet, especially when their numbers have increased inside your home.
That leads to our main topic, the signs of bed bugs in carpets.
Signs Of Bed Bugs In Carpets
The signs of bed bugs in carpets can be harder to spot than the signs of bed bugs in your bed or couch.
It’s because the signs of bed bugs are so tiny that it’s pretty easy to overlook them in the fluffiness of the carpet.
So, it would help if you were more vigilant and thorough while looking for signs of bed bugs in carpets.
Here are the four signs of bed bugs in carpets –
- Live bed bugs
- Bed bugs skin
- Bed bugs eggs
- Baby bed bugs
Let’s look at each one of these signs.
There’s no other compelling sign of bed bugs in carpets and rugs than live bed bugs crawling on the carpet.
Bed bugs are flat oval-shaped reddish-brown bugs measuring from 3/16th of an inch to 1/4th of an inch.
They would try to hide either in the carpet’s fur or on the edges and seams of its border.
Bed bugs molt, which means that they shed their skin to grow.
The presence of bed bug skin on the carpet is a clear sign of bed bugs thriving and growing inside your home.
Bed bugs can lay eggs too on the carpet. They’d prefer to lay eggs in the tiny gaps and cracks near the place from where they get their blood meals.
But if bed bugs are hiding in the carpet, then they’d try to make use of it as much as they can.
And that includes laying eggs on the carpets and rugs.
Bed bugs’ eggs are like tiny white dots. They can be hard to spot, and you may confuse them with specks of dust or salt.
Baby bed bugs, also known as nymphs, are tiny translucent, and whitish bed bugs. They’re a miniature form of adult bed bugs.
If there are bed bugs’ eggs in the carpet, baby bed bugs in the carpet are also possible.
Given the minuscule size of baby bed bugs, they’re also very difficult to spot.
Can Bed Bugs Live In Your Carpets And Rugs?
Yes, bed bugs can live in your carpets and rugs.
But there’s more to it.
Baby bed bugs need blood meals in regular intervals to grow. Without blood meals, baby bed bugs can’t molt, and they die.
So, the baby bed bugs or nymphs won’t survive for long on the carpet if they don’t get their blood meals.
In contrast, adult bed bugs can live without blood meals for an entire year.
These bed bugs will wait for months till they find their host.
That’s why bed bugs infested homes and apartments lying idle for months are not idle places to rent.
Many new tenants who move into homes with bed bugs complain about bed bug bites even during the day.
It’s because these adult bed bugs who didn’t have their blood meals are now desperate.
So, bed bugs can bite during the day despite them being nocturnal pests.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Carpet And Rugs?
Now that you know why bed bugs get to the carpets and rugs and the signs of bed bugs in the carpet, it’s time to find out how to get rid of bed bugs in the carpet.
There are two ways to get rid of bed bugs in carpets, the easy way, and the long patient way.
Let’s find out the easy way first.
Steam Cleaning The Carpet To Kill Bed Bugs In The Carpet
Steam cleaning the soft furnishings like carpets, rugs, mattresses, couches, and accent chairs with a reliable steam cleaner is the cheapest way to kill bed bugs in your home.
Heat kills bed bugs, bed bug nymphs, and even bed bugs.
Professional bed bug exterminators use heat treatment to kill bed bugs hiding in the home.
All you need to do is use a steam cleaner on the carpet slowly. Ensure that you don’t miss even an inch of your carpet.
Use the steam cleaner on the edges and seams of the carpet where adult bed bugs can hide.
To ensure that the cleaning is thorough and you don’t leave anything to chance, flip the carpet and use the steam cleaner on the undersides of the carpet too.
The steam cleaner is the perfect solution for keeping your carpets clean from stains and dirt and killing bugs that hide in the carpet.
You can use a steam cleaner on the carpet no matter how expensive your carpet is.
Use Diatomaceous Earth And Vacuum Clean The Carpet To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In The Carpet
Now comes the long way to get rid of bed bugs in carpets.
You’ll need to have some patience in doing this method because this method isn’t as quick as using the steam cleaner on the carpet.
First, sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the carpet. Ensure that you’ve scattered diatomaceous earth in all the corners of the carpet.
Then let the diatomaceous earth sit on the carpet for two to three days.
Diatomaceous earth kills bed bugs by penetrating their exoskeleton. But this process takes some time.
So, you’d need to wait for three days to let it show its effect.
Second, after three days, vacuum clean the carpet thoroughly.
Slowly vacuum clean every inch of the carpet and also cover the edges and undersides of the carpet.
Vacuum cleaning will remove the dead bed bugs and all the bed bugs that diatomaceous earth couldn’t kill.
Repeat the above two steps at least once every week for three to four weeks. And always dispose of the dirtbag of the vacuum cleaner outside of your property.
You wouldn’t want the bed bugs that are alive in the dust bag to re-enter your home.
But this process has a big loophole.
Diatomaceous earth can’t destroy the bed bug eggs.
That’s why we recommended continuing the process for a month to ensure that you even kill the baby bed bugs hatching out from the eggs.
If your carpet is expensive and made of wool or silk, then consult a carpet cleaner before using diatomaceous earth on it.
Carpet Beetle Vs. Bed Bugs In Carpets
There’s one bug that infests carpets more than bed bugs do. And that’s the carpet beetle’s larvae.
And the carpet beetle’s larvae damage carpets. They chew through the carpet’s fabric and create holes in it.
In contrast, bed bugs don’t cause any damage to the carpet.
Adult carpet beetles enter homes to lay eggs on products made of animal matter like wool, silk, leather, and feathers.
It’s pretty easy to think of carpet beetle larva as a bed bug and vice versa.
So, here are the differences between carpet beetle larva and bed bugs.
Carpet Beetle Larvae:
- Tiny bugs without legs that looks like a worm
- Have hairy bristles on its body
- Either black or brownish-black
- Bigger than a bed bug
- Flat oval-shaped bugs with six legs
- Have a visible abdomen and head
- Bites humans
Knowing these differences will help you to know for certain what’s infesting your carpet, a bed bug, or a carpet beetle larva.
Using a steam cleaner on the carpet is the best way to eliminate carpet beetle larvae that damage carpets.
There are four signs of bed bugs in carpets –
- Live bed bugs
- Bed bug skin
- Bed bug eggs
- Baby bed bugs or nymphs
On the carpet, these signs can be hard to spot. But the most prominent sign is the sighting of live bed bugs crawling in the carpet.
In this guide, you’ve found out how bed bugs get into your carpet and rugs. And what the presence of bed bugs in carpets signify.
This guide also reveals the sure-shot way to kill bed bugs in carpets.
Bed bugs in the carpet can be an ominous sign of bed bug infestation in your home.
To know more on the topic, check our ultimate guide on bed bugs infestation.
We’re Mark and Jim, and we’re retired pest controllers who made homes pest-free for more than three decades. We, along with our team of experts, founded this site to give you the pest control hacks that work.