What's sliming my carpet?
January 21, 2008 10:25 PM Subscribe
There are wee slime trails on our carpet every morning. What's making them and how can I get rid of them (preferably without nasty chemicals...)
posted by xz to Home & Garden (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in Melbourne, Australia.
We've got a living room with carpet that's not sealed well against the floor against the back wall of the house. There's actually a little space under there that drops down to the foundation. In the morning there are always slime trails as if a bug, or group of bugs, is going exploring every night. They come up from under the carpet, tool about, and then descend again. Their purpose eludes me.
I haven't been able to catch the buggers in the act, but when I look under the edge of the carpet I see some little dark brown millipede-type things, generally curled up and dead. They don't seem to be the types of things that would leave a slime trail, but hey, what do I know?
I tried using a mess of salt, but that didn't work.
Can anyone make a decent guess as to what's going on and suggest a way to make it stop? It's pretty gross and I've got company coming to stay. I'd prefer to use a natural-type solution, but if it's gotta be Super-Power-Insect-Death Spray, I can deal.