Here’s how to prevent and eliminate pests in your carpet or rug

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Some insects love to settle in your carpet

Do you suffer from mosquitoes, ants or fruit flies in the house? We prefer not to share our home with insects, and we use all kinds of remedies to get small pests out the door as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, pests can also settle in your carpet or rug, where they are more difficult to find. These are the types you can encounter on the floor, and this is how you get rid of them.

Moths

We already know about moths in our wardrobes: the infamous moth. These dusty critters love dark places to lay their eggs and love to eat carpets. So, you’ll often find them on the carpet under the sofa or other furniture. It is therefore extremely important to always vacuum the areas under your furniture. This way you suck up the eggs before they can hatch. You can also spray a mixture of lavender oil and water on your carpet. This smells good to us, but moths stay away from this smell. Is it already too late? If so, spray your carpet with a moth repellent and vacuum your carpet thoroughly. Then immediately change the vacuum cleaner bag and put the old bag out the door before the new eggs hatch in it.

Carpet beetle

This tiny beast can wreak havoc on furniture and woolen carpets. Again, vacuuming regularly can best prevent this pest. If possible, wash rugs every now and then, according to the instructions on the care label. Carpet beetles are also attracted to old bird nests and dead animals. So, check your roof and gutters every now and then and remove any nests or dead birds. Carpet beetles do not survive a carpet wash if the water temperature is greater than 60 degrees, and can also be controlled by applying boric acid.

Ants

These creepy bugs can also enter your home. Mop spilled food immediately to avoid your floors becoming attractive to ants. On a positive note, ants can often be traced back to their nest. Do you see a hole in the ground with loose soil or sand around it? Pour a lot of boiling water into this hole, or use a pesticide if necessary.

Fleas

Fleas are almost inevitable if you have a pet running around the house. You will often find these insects where your dog or cat regularly sleeps. Therefore, vacuum these places very often. Regularly check your pet for fleas. You can make an anti-flea remedy yourself with dish soap or apple cider vinegar. This prevents the pests from settling in your carpet.

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