Fleas are small insects, but they’re so tough since it may feel like they’re only spreading more day by day. If your pet has fleas, they’re most likely inside your house too, and a common place for them to infest is your carpeting. Here are some tips on how to get rid of fleas in your carpet and other parts of your home!
How a Carpet Can Become Infested
These creepy little insects love to grab hold of the warm fur of your pet and feed on them; even you could be their host. Your carpets provide excellent environment conditions for a flea infestation, so make sure to check them first. Mostly, fleas lay their eggs on carpets and rugs. Flea eggs can also fall off your pet’s fur inside your home. Flea eggs can survive for over a year, which is a disturbing fact since they can appear again even after you’ve treated your home. A female adult can lay up to 50 eggs a day, and that’s why an infestation can grow and get out of hand so quickly.
Common Signs of a Flea Infestation in Your Carpet
If you see your pet scratching excessively, inspect it for fleas by searching for movement between hairs. If your pet is infested with fleas, there’s a large possibility that your carpet is too. Adult fleas are only a small part of an infestation, so never ignore a flea when you see one.
How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Carpet
There are some things you can do if you have found that your home is infested with fleas.
- Vacuum your carpet thoroughly, paying special attention to the corners. Fleas like to hide in humid and darker areas, so vacuum underneath your carpet and furniture as well whenever possible.
- Fleas can also jump onto the furniture, so don’t forget to thoroughly vacuum any upholstered furniture.
- Dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag outside your home immediately after cleaning; it may still contain alive fleas as well as their eggs.
- Use a steam cleaner to clean your carpeting. The high temperatures will kill both adults and eggs.
- Thoroughly wash your pet’s bedding with the hottest water possible.
- For smaller infestations that you caught early enough, you can try sprinkling some salt and borax all over the carpet, leaving it on overnight, and vacuuming it up the next day. This method should be repeated multiple times if you want to kill fleas and their eggs, but, it’s not going to help you if there is a larger infestation inside your house. Make sure you keep your animals from walking on the carpet until after you’ve vacuumed.
- Other natural remedies include the use of vinegar and lemon, but you should be aware that these types of options don’t always work, and if they do, they work only as a temporary solution.
The only way to get rid of fleas effectively and completely is to call a pest control professional to deal with the infestation.
Proudly serving the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, the professional exterminators at Aerex Pest Control understand the habits of fleas and use that knowledge when developing a flea control program that is best suited to your home and your particular problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators. Call today for your free consultation 847-255-8888 or click here for a free quick quote.