How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Carpets
Fleas are small, wingless
jumping insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They sometimes transmit diseases, including plague and myxomatosis, through their bites.
Once fleas appear in your house they can cause a great deal of discomfort and they become more difficult to eradicate once they have become established in your house, especially in your carpets. Carpets are something most of the people in your family touch every day. The children sit and play on them, while the adults walk on them. Fleas can often be found in your carpets if your pets have fleas on them. Pets are usually the number one cause of a flea infestation. Thus, the most effective way to control fleas in your carpets is to first get rid of the fleas on your pets.
To eliminate any risks, it is necessary to get rid of fleas in your carpets as soon as you can. There are many different ways to control and exterminate fleas in your carpets. Each method has its own pros and cons. I’m sure that the following steps will be of help to you.
Detect the Fleas’ Nest
All your efforts can go up in smoke if you just eliminate fleas from your carpets and ignore other places. In order to totally kill all the fleas it’s vital find the place that they are living and breeding in. It will usually be a dark and humid place. If you can find the nest, you’ll be able to kill all the adult and baby fleas as well as their eggs. Check on your pets, as well as any humid and dark places in your house that you think that fleas might be living in.
Eradicate Fleas on Your Pets
Your pets are a definite place that fleas will be living. Thus, if you want to get rid of fleas in your carpets, do not forget to treat your pets at the same time. If even one flea is alive, it could do huge damage to your pets’ and family members’ health. If you can control fleas on your pets, you will be able to eliminate fleas in your carpets easier.
Cleaning Session to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Carpets
The first and most important step to getting rid of fleas is cleaning. Gather all your clothing, bedding, towels, soft furnishings and any other fabrics that can be washed. There is a high possibility that these items could be a place where flea eggs have been laid. Your vacuum cleaner will be one of your most powerful weapons for you when cleaning your house. Even though vacuuming will not kill all the fleas in your carpet, it will help to lessen the population. Vacuuming will also be a helpful tool for cleaning other surfaces around your home. You should pay close attention to the cracks and crevices near your baseboards and corners.
Using Natural and Chemical Remedies
After using the vacuum to remove fleas from your carpets, you should then vacuum any upholstered furniture in the room. Because fleas can jump high, they can jump from your carpets onto your other furniture and then re-infest your carpets again in a short time. After vacuuming, it’s important to empty the vacuum bag in a place far away from your house.
You should also consider steam cleaning your carpets and furniture at this stage. The high temperature of the steam cleaner will kill adult fleas, as well as their larvae and eggs.
Remember to clean your pets’ bedding as well. It is highly recommended that you wash it daily in hot water and hang it to dry in the sun or use a hot dryer. This will kill any remaining fleas and eggs.
Besides these measures, you can also try some some natural and chemical methods to kill the pests. Using a pet-safe, or indoor insecticide on your carpets is one of the most common methods. You can spray an indoor insecticide directly onto your carpet, then wait until it dries before you use a vacuum. The insecticides will kill adult fleas, but not the eggs. Consequently, when you use insecticide on your carpets, you should use another method to kill the fleas’ eggs as well. If you are using an insecticide directly on your carpets, it is better to not allow your pet into the treated area for the sake of safety.
The last method that is very easy and cost-effective is to use lemon. All you have to do is cut up one lemon and boil it in a pint of water. Then, allow the solution to cool and pour into a spray bottle. You can now use it to spray the carpets and your pets.
Getting rid of fleas in your carpets can be challenging and does require a bit of effort and patience. I do hope that the solutions we’ve looked at together today will be helpful to you. Thanks for reading