Can fleas survive in carpets?
A lot of times, pest presence in homes is unsettling. While some cases might be a little tolerable, others simply aren’t. No pest issue should be ignored however tolerable you think it is.
If you’ve seen or noticed flea presence in your home, you’ll want to know likely areas to find them.
Your carpet and rug fibers provide ample hiding place for fleas and their eggs. This is coupled with the fact that a flea-infested pet may be lying around the carpet.
Under such situations, the flea problem becomes unbearable as these hopping parasitic pests will easily get their fill of blood from your pets and yourself while you relax.
Do Fleas Live in Carpets?
If you currently have a flea problem, it won’t be long before you find out such extends to your carpet area.
Carpets and rugs are among their favorite hiding spots because fleas find the warmth and safety of your carpets irresistible. Infestations can be worse when you hardly vacuum your carpets.
Although fleas living in your carpets can be a nightmare, it’s a problem that can be resolved when you take adequate control measures.
Such control measures will require getting rid of fleas with their nymphs as well as their eggs. Only killing fleas without their eggs won’t give you a permanent solution.
Does Washing My Carpets Kill Fleas?
Professional carpet cleaning will kill fleas and destroy eggs lodged in the carpet fibers. However, the type of cleaning matters.
Dry cleaning the carpets through vacuuming may not be as thorough in terms of flea extermination as steam cleaning. The heat from steam cleaning won’t only kill fleas but also destroy their eggs.
Now, while these pests may be eliminated from your carpets, they’re likely to be found around your home too. Pet bedding, entryways, and other sections of your home could also be a breeding ground for fleas.
You’ll need to have such areas treated also.
Bringing in your carpets without treating other areas of your home will only lead to a repeat of the problem. It won’t be long before fleas re-infest the carpet.
So, while treating your carpet(s), also consider carrying out treatment on other infested areas.
Treatment Options for Fleas Living in Carpets
When it comes to flea control in carpets, there are multiple treatment options to consider. These are broadly categorized under professional flea treatments and DIY treatments.
For professional flea treatments in carpets, you might wish to call in a professional pest control service.
These are pros that offer all kinds of flea solutions. Not only are fleas eliminated from your carpets, but other sections of your home such as your pet bedding, indoor spaces, and yard are also covered.
This is a more comprehensive approach to flea treatment that destroys both fleas and eggs.
i. Home Remedy Flea Treatments
Do it yourselfers will find this treatment approach more fulfilling.
Here, several treatment strategies can be deployed. The objective is to kill both fleas and their eggs in your carpets.
Treatment may include the use of dish soap, salt, baking soda, and food-grade diatomaceous earth.
Others include lemon spray, the use of essential oils, as well planting flea repellent plants. Any, or a combination of these treatment approaches will serve to rid fleas from your surroundings.
Let’s have a look at some of these flea elimination strategies.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is known for its dehydrating effect on fleas. Fleas living in your carpets are unable to survive the ordeal when the treatment is done properly.
Of course, you’ll need to use a vacuum for the cleanup of your carpets.
After sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth on your carpets, allow sitting for about two days before vacuuming. This should be enough time to dehydrate these parasitic insects and their eggs.
When vacuuming, the fine white powder is cleared up alongside dead fleas and their eggs.
Similar to food grade diatomaceous earth, baking soda treatments for fleas on carpets go a long way to kill these pests by dehydration.
You’ll need to sprinkle this product generously on infested carpets and allow it to sit for a day before vacuuming.
Vacuuming picks up dead fleas and eggs. More frequent vacuuming is required after the treatment to ensure that fleas that weren’t picked up are removed during other cleaning sessions.
Have you heard about the dish soap treatment for fleas?
It’s a simple procedure that requires making a soap water mixture that serves as a flea trap. This mixture is poured into a bowl and placed on carpets.
In the morning, you’ll find several dead fleas in the soap solution.
However, this isn’t a method you should count on as it has no impact on flea eggs still in your carpets. You’ll have to do a lot more than simply making a flea trap using dish soap.
Fleas will Return to your Carpet if Pets Remain Untreated
No matter how excellent your carpet treatments for fleas have been, your efforts will be defeated as long as pets remain untreated. Remember the fact that pets will always rest on your carpets and couches.
So, not dealing with the problem comprehensively will lead to re-infestation.
It’s only a matter of time before fleas return to your treated carpets to reproduce. You might want to seek the advice and recommendations of a vet.
We won’t be entering into such details as the focus of our discussion is on fleas in carpets.
Rid Your Home of Fleas Before Returning the Carpet
As seen so far, treatment should cover all sections of your home, especially when dealing with severe flea infestation. Your couches, pet bedding, entryways, and yard area need to be treated.
Fleas usually lie in wait to ambush a potential host.
Treating these areas ensures these parasitic insects are destroyed. You’ll also need to be careful with where you allow your pets to go after treatments.
Meeting with infested stray animals will bring up the problem again.
Fleas can live in carpets with the potential of worsening infestation when treatment measures aren’t implemented. We’ve covered quite a lot about how this happens and possible remedies for such.