Carpet fleas are extremely common when you have a pet. And they can get into your home without – as they can enter through windows and floor cracks. Almost 85% of fleas actually develop deep in the carpet pile – although only the adult fleas are parasitic and feed on the host.
Can fleas live in carpet? What is the flea treatment for carpet? Find out more here…
Frequently Asked Questions
What do fleas look like?
Adult fleas are only about 2mm in size. They’re wingless with legs designed for jumping. They have a colouring that’s red-brown. Flea bites can cause irritation around a central bright red spot – sometimes resulting in a nasty reaction.
How do fleas develop?
Female fleas lay eggs on their host and as they dry, they fall off. They accumulate where pets sleep and feed – and in a warm living room and bedroom climates. Particularly in the carpets where they’re hidden from view within the deep fibres.
The flea larvae need plenty of food – and they get that from the adult faeces which easily gets trapped in the carpets. After hatching the larvae tend to stay in the same place – concentrated in carpeted rooms.
During formation, the mature larvae spin a cocoon and become camouflaged within the carpet, and they become hard to remove by vacuuming only. Adult fleas will stay in their cocoons until a suitable host becomes available – jumping on them from the carpet.
How long do fleas live in carpet?
On average, a flea can live for two to three months in the carpet. But without intervention, they can stay in the carpet without end if they have a host. If a blood meal isn’t consumed the flea may only survive for a few days.
Flea eggs live for two to three days before hatching. And eggs hatch in up to 12 days.
How do I get rid of fleas in carpet?
How to get rid of fleas in carpet – through cleaning is your first option. You’ll need to vacuum the carpet really thoroughly, using the nozzle attachment to focus on skirting boards, corners, and upholstery.
It’s important to empty and throw away the vacuum bag immediately as the fleas can jump out and re-infect the carpet if you’re not careful.
Clean any bedding that your pet sleeps on too. You should choose a hot wash and dry cycle on a daily basis to ensure the flea infestation has gone.
Natural treatments include sprinkling diatomaceous earth on the affected areas after vacuuming. This is a natural insecticide that you can buy from most health shops. You can try boiling the juice of a lemon in a pint of boiling water and spraying it onto the carpet, or adding essential oils such as rosemary – the oils and citrus are a flea deterrent.
Fine-grained salt and borax sprinkled all over the carpets and around the areas where your pet spends the most time. Letting it sit overnight before vacuuming will ensure it penetrates into the carpet fibres. remember to keep pets and children away from the treated areas.
Flea traps can be simply made by filing a small bowl with water and a few drops of washing up liquid. Put the bowl on the floor close to the wall, and next to a lamp that you can switch on at night. Fleas will jump towards the light and fall into the water – the soap will prevent them from jumping back out. Keep pets and children out of rooms with flea traps in them.
Flea treatment for carpet includes steam cleaning your carpets, upholstery, and furniture. The extreme temperatures used by effective hot water extraction cleaning techniques will ensure both flea adults and eggs will be eliminated. A trusted professional carpet cleaning company will carry out this service for you.
Flea carpet spray works with the use of a pet-safe insecticide that you spray onto the carpet – and wait for it to dry. You then vacuum and continue to vacuum every few days for up to two weeks. The insecticide kills any adult fleas. And the vacuuming manages the infestation.
Professional pest control may be your only option if you have an uncontrollable flea infestation. A residual insecticide will be applied to all floor surfaces either as a liquid or spray powder. And will need to be left for two weeks for the treatment to be a success.