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What Kind of Insects Live In Carpet?

Carpets help to make our homes look better. But, did you know that there are quite a few insects that like to live inside them too? Insects live in carpet because it provides them with the perfect hiding place. Once insects start living in your carpet, they can become quite a serious issue. Let’s take a look at the insects that live in carpets.

Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles are 2 to 4 mm with a grey, brown and cream colouring and pattern. While their name implies that they live in carpets, they can live in a variety of fabrics. Carpet beetles use carpets to live in, but they don’t eat them. Surprisingly, they actually feed on plant nectar. These beetles can live for months without a food source.

Bed Bugs

A lot of people associate bed bugs with their beds, but these pests will live just about anywhere. Interestingly, bed bugs will happily create a home in your carpet and spread from there.

psychological effects of bed bugs

Bed bugs are hard to see, and will multiply quickly. You can identify them by their flat, oval shape. A bed bug can lay hundreds of eggs during its life. They multiply fast and you will need professional London bed bug control at the first sign of these insects.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are a tiny pest that are commonly associated with allergies. Dust mites do not require a carpet to live in, but they thrive in them when they are present. To identify these pests, you will need a magnifying glass of at least 10x. Each female dust mite can produce a hundred eggs, leaving behind quite a lot of young ones.

Carpet Moths

Some moths will lay eggs in carpets and rugs. And, once the caterpillars have hatched, they will eat the carpet. Wool is the favoured material, but cotton, silk and fur will also do.

clothes moth infestation

There are several causes of carpet moths, and when they take hold they can present a severe infestation. They can literally make parts of a rug thread-bare. From there, the adult moths can go on to your wardrobes, where the next generation will attack your clothing too.


We commonly associate fleas with pets, although it is possible to get them even if you don’t have one. There are over 2,000 different kinds of fleas. These insects will quickly start to infest a home and become a problem in your carpets. Fleas cause pets extreme stress and even hair loss. They also bite humans and can carry diseases.

The presence of fleas can be identified by the dirt they leave behind. Wiping a paper towel over an area that is suspected to have fleas should come away with a brownish-red colour.

Insects of all kinds can call your carpet home. Properly identifying them is essential to getting rid of them. Not all insects respond to the same measures, while some require special treatment to remove them. This is where pest experts like Diamond come into play. No matter what insect is living in your home, it is crucial to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Insects that live in your carpet can cause all kinds of harm. From diseases to stress to painful bites.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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