How to Get Rid of Fleas in Carpet. Fleas can be tricky; they will hide almost everywhere in your house; from bedding, carpets, couches, curtains and any other fabric material. Since they can only jump a few feet, the carpet becomes one of their best habitats after your pet and the pet’s bedding. Its woolen texture gives the fleas a conducive environment to stay and lay eggs. For this reason, the carpet should be a major concern when it comes to flea control. In this article, I have explained the best way to clean your carpet and how to kill the fleas in carpet.
When trying to kill the fleas in the carpet, we should have in mind that we are not only fighting the adult fleas but also the eggs and larvae. Getting rid of the eggs and larvae is very important since it breaks the life cycle of the fleas. The eggs and larvae constitute about 90% of a flea infestation, so if can get rid of them, the better. The method that I am about to show you will take care of the adult fleas, eggs, and larvae. It is natural and completely safe to use in your house.
Step 1: Clear Furniture From the Carpet
Start by clearing the lighter furniture from the carpeted area. If it is possible to clear everything from the carpeted area, the better; but if the room is not large enough, you can as well work on the carpet portion by portion.
Step 2: Treat the Carpet
There are two types of treatments that you can use on the carpet; chemical and natural. Both are effective, but the natural methods are much safer. For this case, we will go with the natural treatments but if you are for the chemical treatments, well and good. When it comes to the natural treatment, there are a number of remedies that you can use. Below is a list of the best natural remedies:
· Diatomaceous earth food grade
· Vinegar spray
· Salt and baking soda
· Lemon spray
Diatomaceous earth has no preparation, but for the rest, you may need to check some articles on how to prepare. When treating the carpet, focus on the area where your pet spends the most time.
Step 3: Sweep the Carpet Using a broom
Sweeping does not mean that you should remove the treatment. It is meant to smear the treatment all over the carpet. Sweeping also ensures the treatment gets deeper in the carpet. The sweeping should be done slowly and carefully.
Step 4: Leave the Carpet for sometime
After treating the carpet, leave it for some time to allow the treatment to do its job. The time to leave the carpet will depend on the extent of the infestation, but you will not go wrong with 12 hours.
Step 5: Vacuum the Carpet
Thoroughly vacuum the carpet, be sure to vacuum the entire carpet. It is advisable that you use the nozzle attachment instead of just pushing the cleaner. By vacuuming your carpet, you will be getting rid of the fleas, eggs and larvae. So, don’t be in a hurry.
Step 6: Dispose of the Vacuum Cleaner Bag
This cleaner bag is now containing eggs, larvae and fleas which can be dead or still alive. Tie up the bag and throw it far away from your house. If your cleaner uses a canister, you will need to empty the debris into a plastic bag. This prevents any sober fleas from getting back to your house and back in your carpet again.
Step 7: Steam clean your carpet
Though it is not compulsory, it is important to steam clean the carpet. The high temperatures from the steam cleaner will finalize your wok; it will destroy any remaining fleas, eggs, or larvae.
Having that said, I don’t think you will have any trouble killing the fleas in carpet. To completely do away with fleas, I strongly recommend that you clean your carpet weekly. For serious flea infestation, doing it twice a week will be much helpful.
If you have fleas in your home the chances are they will be living in your carpet and on your pets. When a flea has been hatched it need to find a host within 7 days or it will die.In other words it needs to eat and your carpet is a great hiding spot to ambush a pet walking by.Fleas are excellent jumpers are reach heights of over 8 inches.This is rather amazing considering how tall they are. Fleas wait in hiding in your carpet until one of two things trigger their jump, vibrations from them walking or co2 from your pets breath.After that it’s lunchtime for them.This is why you need to stop them while they are a young adult and have not breed yet. If left untreated the flea problem will only get worse.
I am a big fan of using Borax laundry detergent for fleas so much I made this website about it. Over the years I have never once found a flea in my carpet after treating them with borax. The whole process is very simple and you should read my borax for fleas article it explain how to get them out of your home on all surfaces. Lets say you want to do your living room. Makes sense that is where everyone hangs out the most including the pets.First off remove any furniture you can as long as you don’t think it has any fleas on it. Next I like to cover any end tables,coffee tables that I was not able to get out of the way. There may be a little bit of dust in the air as you spread the borax on the carpet.By covering items now it will save on clean up later.Now- This may sound a bit strange,but you want to run the vacuum over the carpet before you star. This will make the carpet fibers stand up and allow the borax to penetrate the carpet better. Before you do shake out about a handful of Borax on the carpet and suck it up with the vacuum. This will kill any fleas you get with the first cleaning.
OK, take you box or fill a shaker and sprinkle the borax laundry detergent all over the carpet. You want to cover it equally ,but to to heavy. I like to use a broom or just walk on it to help work it down in the fiber where the fleas are and let it sit. Depending on how bad the flea problem is. A few fleas couple hours. If fido is eat up with them overnight. “No more than 24 hours” as fading of the carpet may occur. I warned you. Don’t do it and keep this room closed off if possible,keep the pets out and dont let them get it on there paws. As they will more than likely lick it off. Borax is a laundry detergent if you wont eat,dont let them.
When you are ready to clean up,run the vacuum over the carpeting once then empty the bag or container and vacuum again.
If you see any left over fleas just suck them up in the vacuum and move on to the next room. Getting rid of fleas in carpet is just doing your regular house work. So dont worry about calling an exterminator.