While it may be easy to give your pet a flea treatment, getting rid of fleas in your home may not be so easy. Even when you think the infestation has been eradicated, it can often appear again a few weeks later as a few stray eggs had been missed. This is especially common in homes with carpeted floors. If you want to know how to kill fleas in your carpet, here is some helpful advice.
Vacuum Your Floors
The first stage in eradicating fleas from your carpet is to thoroughly vacuum your home. Even in non-carpeted areas, it is important to thoroughly vacuum all the corners properly to ensure that every egg has been found and sucked in. Instead of simply pushing your vacuum cleaner across the floors, use a nozzle attachment instead as this will be more effective at getting right into the corners, cracks and crevices that fleas love to hide in. Begin at one end of your room and vacuum across the length of it in strips until your whole carpet has been cleaned. Take care to run your vacuum along the baseboards and underneath all of your furniture. Take extra time in areas where you pet prefers to sit, especially on sofas and in their pet bed. If your home has a very severe infestation, you should repeat this vacuuming process every day for at least 10 days.
Flea eggs can get everywhere, so make sure that you also use your vacuum cleaner on all of your soft furnishings as well as on your floors.
Throw The Vacuum Cleaner Bag Away
Don’t leave the vacuum cleaner bag in your machine after vacuuming a flea infested room as they may escape and re-infest your furniture and carpets. Instead, immediately transfer the contents of your vacuum into a sturdy garbage bag, tie it securely and dispose of it in a trash can outside your home. This also applies if you have a bagless vacuum cleaner, however when you empty the canister into the garbage bag, you should do this outside your home.
Steam Clean Your Home
You should seriously consider giving your home’s furnishings and carpets a steam clean following a flea infestation. If you do not own a steam cleaner, it is possible to rent one or alternatively, you could hire a professional company to do the job on your behalf. This will kill any remaining eggs.
Spray a safe indoor pesticide onto your home’s carpets to make sure that you have thoroughly eradicated fleas. When it is dry, use your vacuum to clean the floors and do this every two days for at least two weeks. Insecticides can kill fleas but not eggs, so repeating this exercise ensures that they are killed as soon as they hatch. If using an insecticide treatment it is important to read the instructions for use and keep your pet away from the treated area for the recommended time. Depending on which chemicals you are using, humans may also have to avoid the treated area for up to some time following treatment.
Sprinkle fine-grain salt around your baseboards and under your furniture and make sure it gets into the fibers of your carpet. Leave for 48 hours and then vacuum up. Alternatively, spray the affected carpet with a solution of water and apple cider vinegar.
Call Professional Help
If you have tried all of the above and still cannot get rid of a flea infestation in your carpet, call a professional extermination company who will be able to permanently get rid of the problem for you.