Carpeting provides a cozy, protected environment for dust mites, carpet beetle and clothes moth larvae, and flea larvae. The fibers in carpets absorb moisture from the air, providing much needed humidity for mites and larvae.
The cut, shape, and height of the carpet pile can make it more or less suitable for pest development, and can greatly affect the ability of insecticide to penetrate through the fibers. Carpets can be straight or twisted pile, cut or loop pile, or woven pile. For example, the loose, floppy strands of a cut pile carpet make it difficult to treat with insecticides. Plush and velvet carpets have short, uniform, dense pile that resists dirt but also resists
penetration of liquids, including insecticides.
Most of the insecticide from a fine fan spray (more than 95%) stays in the top 1/3 of the carpet pile. This is a concern because the larvae that we find in carpets are found at the bottom of the pile not near the top of the carpet. In fact, flea larvae spend 80% of their time clinging to the base of fibers at the bottom of the carpet pile. One reason for this is that their primary food source (dried blood in adult flea feces) drops through the carpet fibers to the bottom. The base of the pile also has higher humidity and offers greater protection from a vacuum. Contrary to common belief, increasing the application pressure does not improve the penetration of the spray into the carpet. In fact, research by Dr. William Robinson has shown that it can have the opposite effect since high pressure increases the number of small droplets produced which are more likely to drift away from the carpet rather than penetrating it. Spraying closer to the carpet doesn’t help penetration much either.
So, what can you do to reach the larvae at the bottom of the carpet? Technique is
probably more important than pressure and spray height. Make sure that you overlap
your spray swaths enough to cover the carpet uniformly. As larvae move around in the
carpet and when flea larvae move up higher in the pile to pupate, they will be exposed to
residual near the top of the carpet pile. As people walk on the carpet, some residue will
drop to the bottom. On the other hand, vacuuming will remove some insecticide residual.
[Sources: William H. Robinson, (1) The Service Technician's Field Manual--A Practical Guide for Pest Control Professionals; (2) Pest-UK, May/June 2013]
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Urine deposited on carpet does not stay on the surface. It can and will penetrate the fibers and contaminate both the backing of the carpet and the flooring material below the carpet, such as wood. Often, without your knowledge, pets will urinate continually in the same location, causing significant contamination and damage. As the urine dries, the liquid evaporates but the urine crystals become even more concentrated and pungent. Simple cleaning will not remove this odor. In fact, these urine crystals are frequently re-activated by moisture. Have you noticed that urine odors become more noticeable as humidity increases? The moisture of any cleaning process may cause the urine odor to become more pronounced. Urine can also cause permanent color damage, either from adding color by dyeing the carpet fibers or removing color by releasing carpet dyes.