Do You Have Maggots In Your Carpet?

I have been running into more and more people that call us, saying that they have maggots in they’re carpet.  If you have this problem don’t worry!  I’ve delt with this many times.  There is something that you can do.  At One Call Carpet Cleaning we recommend having your carpet deep cleaned with hot steam, aka Hot Water Extraction.

After a thorough deep cleaning there is a rinse called Microban.  These steps will rid you of this type of problem.  Here is an article I found that tells you how you can identify why kind of larve you have.  One Call Carpet Cleaning 760-504-6608

Carpet Bugs

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    Look for holes in clothes and fabric-woven furniture to begin identifying  these critters. Carpet beetles like to live out of sight and feed on the natural  fibers in fabrics, even living off carpet fibers that are 90 percent synthetic.  They tend to live inside fabric furniture or deep inside carpets, so  look for damage to area rugs around the edges and to carpets along base boards.  If possible, inspect torn or low-hanging fabrics such as those found on the  underside of couches and mattresses. These are good indicators that you may have  a carpet bug problem.

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    Inspect your clothing. Carpet bugs will eat through clothing, but they won’t  stay there like moths. They will move on as soon as possible, so if holes begin  appearing in your clothes but you don’t see moths flying in your closet, the  problem is most likely carpet bugs.

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    Inspect carpets in out-of-site places like closets for small oval-shaped bugs  slightly smaller than a lady bug. Their colors can vary from the common shiny  black to a bright orange like a lady bug, so try to look at the size. These bugs  have also been known to hide out in cereals and pet foods, so take a look  through boxes in the pantry that haven’t been touched in a  while.

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    Look for the carpet bug larvae. These are newly hatched carpet bugs that will  be around 1/8 of an inch long and covered in coarse hairs, almost like a  caterpillar. Don’t ever skip looking for these, as evidence of adults also  indicates probable presence of larvae.

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    Inspect the entire house and all the fabrics. Carpet bugs can fly and travel  deep in the carpet, which means they can go unnoticed for quite some time. Just  because you found what looks like the whole community in one spot doesn’t mean  you have found them all. As hatchlings mature, they can move off and start other  groups elsewhere in the home.


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    Look for adult flies in the house. Maggots are the larval stage of the common  housefly and should appear in groups as eggs hatch. Rarely, will you see one of  these insects at a time.

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    Inspect the area in which you have found the insects. Flies lay their eggs on  organic matter that can feed the larvae once they hatch, which typically means  you will find these pests in your garbage, in potted plants or on dead animals  such as birds or mice in the backyard. In addition, these critters enjoy moist  climates and are less likely to appear in a very dry area.

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    Compare the features of these insects. The group should look relatively  similar to one another. They should be white, legless, hairless, insects that  look like small worms with soft bodies.

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