How to Clean Carpet with Bed Bugs

Hey Everyone!

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the best way to clean carpet with bed bugs.  If you have bed bugs then you will want to make sure and clean all of your floors.  Carpet can be particularly difficult to clean because bed bugs are tiny and can hide between the threads.  Don’t worry, we’ll give you all of the information you need to kill any bed bugs that may be hiding in your carpet!

We’ve made this video (part of step 6) that shows you how to use diatomaceous earth and a vacuum to kill bed bugs.


We recommend that take the following steps to get rid of bed bugs in carpet:

  1. Make sure that you have a vacuum clean that uses a bag to collect debris.  A bag-less vacuum like a Dyson or Rainbow is not a good idea because you’ll want to seal all of the debris that you have vacuumed up and throw them away.
  2. Spread diatomaceous earth over the floor where you will be vacuuming.  This will help kill any bed bugs that may be in the carpet and and bed bugs that you happen to vacuum up in the process.
  3. Vacuum thoroughly.  Go over every square inch of carpet at least three times.  More is better.
  4. In an abundance of caution you’ll want to repeat steps 2-3.  Spread more diatomaceous earth and vacuum it up.  You can’t be too careful here.
  5. Next, take the vacuum outside and remove the vacuum cleaner bag full of debris from your vacuuming.  Place the bag in a plastic garbage bag and tie it shut.  This will ensure that any bed bugs you have vacuumed will not re-infest your home.
  6. After that, we recommend using a carpet steamer or shampooer to clean your carpet.

Good luck!  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the process.


Posted by Cameron Wheeler

14 replies
  1. Diana
    Diana says:

    I read somewhere that a carpet steamer wont get hot enough to help rid of bed bugs.. Is that true? Or does using the diatomaceous earth make a difference?

    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Diana,

      Carpet steamers get hot enough to treat objects on the surface, but wont be able to penetrate the heat deep enough to kill bed bugs living in something, such as inside a mattress. We always recommend using diatomaceous earth with any method of treatment you choose. It is a great safe and easy way to help ensure all bed bugs die. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      The ZappBug Team


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