Carpet Cleaning to Prevent Pest Infestations

As discussed previously we are often asked the same question. Rather than paying for a professional, can I really do my own pest control?

Yes, it a huge number of cases you really can.

We’ve discussed types of pest control, as well as preventative measures. Now we are going to discuss another solution which can rid you of more pests that you would have imagined.

As the title states, this is with regards to carpet cleaning.

However all me to elaborate.

Take away the buffet

Now carpets themselves do not attract insects or bugs. These include things like ants, fleas and dust mites.

However soil, bits of food and other types of organic materials act as a very satisfying food source for the insects.

The trick is to remove this food source. Then you will greatly reduce the appeal, as well as their chances of survival.

This is why cleaning your carpets effectively is absolutely vital to prevents pests from populating in your home.

Most carpets are made from nylon, which in itself does not provide a desirable habitat for living things. Although when you add to the mix dead skin, soil and food particles; it becomes an absolute dreamland for pests and germs.

There are two things that you should really focus on. The first is to ensure the carpets are cleaned regularly. This will greatly reduce the food supply trapped in the carpets.

The second element is to try and monitor the level of humidity in your home.

Dust mites for example thrive on both skin cells and damp places. So be conscious of the level of humidity in your home.

Focus on location

We have discussed elements that attract unwanted guests such as dust mites and fleas. However you should also pay particular attention to certain places. In particular areas with higher levels of food contact.

This could be the kitchen, perhaps a hallway rug or maybe the dining room carpet.

Perhaps this will be a bedroom or even a space next to the couch.

Every home will be different so be sure to understand where this space will be for your particular home.

This is the area that should really be focused on.

In many work places this differs also due to people eating at the desk or near vending machines. Even perhaps whilst walking around.

So like I say, understand where this will affect you in particular.

Summary

Vacuuming and cleaning your carpets alone may not eliminate pests. However they can greatly reduce the risks of pests becoming a problem.

Cleaning your carpets regularly will cut off the supply chain to the these various pests. Without food, and certainly without too much humidity; then they will struggle to survive within your home.

I would say as a bit of a final word, if you realise you home does in fact have a serious pest problem. Then get in touch with a professional before it gets worse.

If left untreated then these problems can often escalate.

In the majority of cases I do my own pest control. However if the need arises I would call in a professional to support.

I really hope this helps and thank you for reading.

How to Pest Proof Your Home

If pests become a problem in your home or on your land, then you can contact an expert to help.

However in the last article we gave an answer to Can I do my own pest control? The answer was most certainly yes.

Following on from that we wanted to provide some information about how you could stop pests from being attracted to your home in the first place.

They do say prevention is better than cure, and that is certainly the case when it comes to pest control.

I follow the methods I am about to discuss to do my own pest control, and you can too.

Pest proofing

This is the process of restricting opportunities for pests to be attracted to your home. Here are some simple steps to follow:

  • Keep all sources of food sealed and covered. This is especially important in food preparation and serving areas. This takes away the appeal to the pests to come in the first place. Remember prevention is better…
  • Ensure waste is disposed of correctly. This should be done regularly and in the correct bins.
  • Keep bins closed, and locked if required. This prevents the possibility of pests entering your waste.
  • Inspect bins regularly to ensure that no holes have appeared or damage has been caused. A locked bin is worth little if there is a hole underneath.
  • In order to minimise the odour from the waste area, which does attract pests such as rats. Ensure the area is well ventilated and ideally out of direct sunlight.
  • This area should also be kept clean, tidy and free from litter and waste food.
  • Ensure doors are not left open or propped open when not necessary. This could be seen as an invite into your home for a range of pests.
  • Check the building for any gaps or holes. Sometimes vermin can enter through a small crack or perhaps a utility pipe.
  • Remove or repair any exterior wood which is showing signs of decay. This can actually attract certain insects towards it.
  • Remove any unnecessary clutter from any spaces in and around the home. This could provide an attractive place to nest. So it is best to remove this possibility.

So after reading this article, ask yourself once again, can I really do my own pest control?

Hopefully the answer is a resounding yes.

The steps above are all incredibly simple to implement, and you may feel they are very basic.

The fact is they are. However they are often overlooked.

Summary

On many occasions we find it is the simplest of causes which actually attracts the pests in the first place. By taking these preventative measures then you are greatly reducing the appeal for pests to your area.

Consider how long it would take you to follow the above steps, then consider the cost of hiring a pest removal expert.

The final piece of advice I would give is to deal with any pest problems as soon as you see them. If not dealt with the situation can very quickly escalate.