When pests get into your carpets and upholstery, they can be destructive, spread disease, cause allergies and unnecessary stress. In addition to keeping your carpets and furniture at a high level of hygiene, a frequent, professional clean can act as a preventative measure against pests. In cases where an infestation has already occurred, hiring a carpet cleaning service or contacting a pest control company is the most effective option for their removal.

 

How do you know if you need pest control?

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A common indication of a pest problem is damage to carpet or rug fibres. You may have recently spotted a small bare patch of carpet, or discovered moth larvae and eggs. Other signs, like bites, rashes and itching, are often associated with fleas and bedbugs.

 

Why get your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned?

The internet is cluttered with DIY cleaning solutions and how-to guides for carpet cleaning. However, without the necessary experience or equipment, it is likely your efforts will not remove the infestation. Using the wrong type of detergent or a haphazard brew cooked up by an old wives’ tale can also result in permanent damage to your carpets and upholstery.

Hot Water Extraction (HWE) is far more effective at pest control than a domestic vacuum. Where a vacuum can only pick up smaller, insect pests, HWE can exert steam at a high enough temperature to kill their eggs. This process uses minimal detergent and is safe for use in environments with pets and children.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a carpet cleaning service, please visit our blog post on professional carpet cleaners vs. DIY.

 

Common Types of Carpet Pests

These are also referred to as textile pests. Most residual and aerosol insecticides sold for household use are rarely effective or appropriate for use on infested objects.

• Fleas

This is a common pest for households with pets. HWE’s high temperature and pressure which can reach the base of the carpet fibres are essential for killing fleas, their eggs and larvae.

• Moths and Carpet Beetles

While moths and beetles do not eat fabric, their larvae do. Adult beetles often lay their eggs in air ducts, closets, under furniture or baseboards. After hatching, the larvae keep to dark, undisturbed areas and feed on organic material. Soil, debris and pet urine provide the perfect breeding ground for these types of pests.

• Bedbugs

There are many ways that bedbugs can enter a home. Bringing second-hand furniture indoors without carefully checking it first is a common mode of entry. They are notoriously hard to remove yourself as they can be resistant to some insecticides.

 

Please note that for households with infestations looking to book an appointment with Acorn, you are likely to need two visits to reduce the risk of re-infestation. After your initial visit, there will be a follow-up visit six weeks later. Contact info@acorncarpetcleaning.co.uk or call us on 0141 212 0212 for more information.