Getting Rid of Bed Bugs on Your Carpet

by Tommy Underhill May 5, 2020

If you spot bed bugs in your carpet, you may panic. These tiny, fast-moving, blood-sucking bugs spread quickly, so it’s reasonable to be alarmed. Tiny and reddish-brown, they’re often confused for other bugs. However, acting fast can help stop an infestation, so contact a bed bugs exterminator in Cincinnati, OH, if you suspect your carpet may host some of these critters. Here’s what else you can do if you see bed bugs in your carpet.

Pest Control Exterminator Spraying Down Carpet

Notes about Bed Bugs

Bed bugs excel at secrecy, and finding their nest can be difficult. This is one of the major challenges when attempting to kill bed bugs at home. Fail to kill the entire nest--eggs and all--and the nest will rebound quickly.

Bed bugs tend to nest in hard-to-find areas, impossibly small locations like the gap behind your baseboards or cracks in wood paneling. In other words, even if you’ve found bed bugs in your carpet, it’s unlikely that they’re actually nesting in it. Even a long-fiber, shag rug may not provide the secrecy that bed bugs are after. And while they may wander through your carpet, bed bugs don’t need to nest in a wide surface area and instead prefer to cram themselves into tiny spaces, hidden away to protect their young. However, if there are gaps between the carpet and the wall or any holes in your carpet, bed bugs may actually be nesting underneath it.

So getting bed bugs out of your carpet is a product of whole-house bed bug removal services. Killing them all ensures you’ll never find these nasty critters in your carpet again.

Prepping for Removal

If you’ve found bed bugs in your carpet, then you need to act quickly. Start by contacting a bed bug removal team. Before they arrive, prep your room for bed bug intervention. Killing bed bugs isn’t like killing other bugs like roaches and flies. Exterminators need to be extremely thorough.

So first, clear the room where you’ve found the critters. Move all furniture and possessions out of the room. Understand that the carpet may be the last place that needs to be treated and that exterminators may need to check for bed bugs in your mattress, sofa, walls, and closets--more likely nesting spots for these bugs. Store any small possessions that can’t be laundered in airtight bags. Try to get them out of your house and store them in an outdoor trunk. The bugs will have trouble getting back in.

Can You DIY?

You can attempt to DIY bed bug intervention and save on the bed bug extermination cost, but this offers no guarantees. There are some well-known DIY methods of bed bug removal, including laundering all clothing and linens in hot water to wash the bugs out. You can spray tea tree oil on surfaces to kill bed bugs on contact. However, remember that this won’t kill the young.

You can steam clean your carpet to kill the bugs as well. If you notice cracks or holes where the infestation may be located, place double-sided tape over them. Seal doors and windows, too. This can trap them inside their nest and keep other infestations out.


If you want a fast and easy way to get bed bugs out of your carpet--as well as whatever inconspicuous spots they may inhabit, call TRS Extermination today. Our specialized heat treatment systems thoroughly kill all bed bugs--no matter their stage in the life cycle--for a thorough treatment that really works. We offer the best bed bug heat treatment in Cincinnati, so call us the moment you spot a single bed bug in your home to stop the spread.


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