So, can fleas live in carpets? For pet owners, fleas are an unfortunate part of having animals in the home and from time to time you may notice an infestation on your pet – maybe you’ve tried flea foggers?
But treating your animal for fleas may not be enough, you need to consider your home too! For the yard, you can try these quality flea sprays for lawns.
How Can Fleas Live In Carpets?
Of course, the fleas can simply fall from your pet onto the floor and set up shop deep within the fibers of your carpet, where they can thrive quite well.
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You may be surprised to learn that fleas can in fact, survive in a carpet for 2-3 months. That being said, without a host, they will be unable to breed, and here’s why;
- A female flea must take her first feed from a host in order to be able to lay her eggs.
- Depending on how much blood the female flea can draw from her host will depend on how many eggs she can lay but you can expect an average female to lay up to 50 eggs in any one 24 hour period.
- The eggs are laid directly onto the host animal and as they move around, these eggs will fall out of the fur and wherever they land will be where they develop. A carpet is the perfect location for this.
- Once the eggs hatch and the larvae become fully developed, they are then able to attach themselves to a host and so the cycle will repeat.
- If you have treated your pet for fleas and have not tackled your carpet, you can be sure that the fleas will continue to inhabit your floor as well as making their way back onto your pet to breed once more.
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How To Clean A Carpet To Get Rid Of Fleas
If you have found yourself with some unwelcome carpet guests, there are things that you can do to rid yourself of the lodgers – clean the carpet.
The first and simplest solution is to thoroughly vacuum the carpet, and don’t just stick to carpets where fleas have been seen but vacuum the entire house.
- To do this you should pay particular attention to any crevices and take extra care when vacuuming deep pile carpets to make sure that you fully remove any flea eggs. It is preferable to use smaller attachments on hard to reach areas as this will ensure you clean everywhere.
- After vacuuming, dispose of the vacuum contents or bag to be sure that the fleas cannot escape once again.
- When cleaning your pets bedding or any fabrics on which they have sat, ensure that you wash them on a high heat as this will kill and fleas or eggs that are present.
- Once you have vacuumed the carpets, you can use diatomaceous earth or flea powder on them which will prevent further flea infestations from occurring. You can purchase this natural repellent from most health stores and it is perfectly safe for use around animals.
- There are other natural ways in which you can prevent the fleas from coming back, one such way is using lemon juice diluted in boiled water as a spray for the carpet and for your pet. Many insects and parasites are deterred with citrus scents and fleas are no exception. Rosemary is also a great repellent for fleas and can be used in the same way as lemons.
- You might decide to create a flea trap using a bowl of water with some washing up detergent inside. The fleas will land in the mixture but will be unable to escape.
- Finally, and if all else fails you could try steam cleaning the carpet. This is an excellent way to eradicate fleas as the super high temperatures are perfect for flea removal.
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Where else Can Fleas Hide in the Home
Whilst fleas are a natural part of the worlds ecosystem, its safe to say that they are a huge pest and once our beloved pets have been treated, we want to make sure that the fleas have been completely eradicated from the home.
Many people will wash fabrics such as bedding and sofa covers after they have noticed a flea problem but often times, the carpet is forgotten. With it being such as huge area, it can seem like a real challenge to tackle, and after all-can fleas live in carpets?
In short, the answer to the previous question is yes, fleas can survive in a carpet, and so it is vital that you treat and clean the carpets within your home to fully remove not only the fleas, but their eggs as well.
Fleas can be a nightmare for any pet owner, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. There are some totally natural methods to remove fleas from the home and these can be easily implemented.