how to kill fleas in carpet

The Best Ways to Kill Fleas in Carpet

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Fleas are a major problem for those with pets. They can live in your carpet, and eventually, fleas will find their way into your home and onto you or your animals, causing itchiness and transmitting diseases.

You may be wondering how fleas get on the inside of your carpet to begin with? The flea eggs are laid by flea beetles which usually lay them close to the floor. These fleas hatch when they sense movement, warmth, or carbon dioxide from an animal nearby.

The good news is that there are many ways to get rid of fleas in your carpet. In this blog post, we will show you how to kill fleas in the carpet easily. If you try these methods out, you should be able to eliminate all fleas from your home and keep them away too!

How Do You Know How Bad a Flea Infestation Is?

If you notice your pets, particularly dogs and cats spending a lot of time outside or scratching themselves constantly, it could be because they have fleas. If you see the salt-and-pepper pattern on their bedding, that can often be an indicator that there are flea eggs in it as well as digested blood from adult fleas.

Examine them for signs such as scabs created by bites, which is where most biting occurs due to hairless skin; if these wounds continue to bleed then this also indicates possible infestation with other parasites like ticks too. Make sure to check for adult fleas (average size of about 2mm) crawling around on your pet as well as tiny black dandruff-like specks called “flea dirt.”

Can Fleas Stay in Your Carpet?

Fleas can stay on your carpet and lay their eggs if it is not vacuumed or treated with flea control. They will usually hatch within a few days after they are laid. Generally, these sneaky little creatures can live for an average of three months in your carpet. But if they have a host to feed from, they could stick around indefinitely. So be sure to take care of fleas infestation right away!

How Do I Get Rid of Fleas in Carpets Fast?

Steps to Kill Fleas in Carpet

1. Vacuum carpet in your house thoroughly. You can also steam clean the carpet. After vacuuming, take the vacuum outside and seal the dirt up in a bag before throwing it away. Fleas can still be attached to the interior of the vacuum cleaner and travel back to pets, people and carpets!

2. Wash all the bedding and linens in hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit) for at least 20 minutes. This will kill fleas, eggs, larvae, pupae as well as any flea dirt that remains on them.

3. Spray carpets with a professional-grade flea spray or flea fogger (follow instructions on the bottle). If you have pets, make sure it is pets friendly with no harsh chemicals.

4. Leave fleas to die. You can kill fleas in carpet by spraying them with a non-toxic flea spray or flea fogger, but they will take some time to become completely dead. So give it up to an hour for best results and then vacuum your carpets again to remove fleas and flea eggs.

5. If you see fleas come back, then it’s time to reapply the flea powder for carpets or sprinkle diatomaceous earth and vacuum again with a flea bag attachment to catch any fleas that are still moving.

How Long Does It Take for Fleas to Die in Carpet and Pets?

  • Pre Treatment

They will begin to starve if they are removed from their host for more than four days, and young fleas can live without a blood meal up to seven days before perishing. One of the most interesting facts about pre-emerged adults fleas that remain inside cocoons is that they have been known to survive as long as 155 days without food! After emerging from their pupae larva stage, adult cat flea must quickly find a new host or else risk starvation within just seven short days.

  • After Treatment

Flea control products for pets come in various forms, but they all do the same thing. They use different active ingredients to kill fleas, and it takes some time before you see any results – depending on which product is used! Some active ingredients like Imidacloprid kill fleas in just 24 hours.

The most common products are spot-ons, tablets, sprays or shampoos. Spot-on treatments work by spreading an insecticide onto your pet’s skin when applied with their back against yours (hopefully not too much though!). Tablets contain chemicals that release gradually over two weeks so can take up to six months’ worth per pack if administered correctly each day. Sprays are usually low toxicity pesticides designed as one application only; this means killing those pesky little bugs should be quick and easy!

Vacuuming carpets, steam cleaning, and hot wash beddings, including yours and your pets, will instantly kill these fleas.

Will Getting Rid of Carpet Get Rid of Fleas?

No. These flea’s eggs will be laid in carpet as well and they can live for a few months without food, so it is crucial to get rid of fleas on your pet too! Fleas are not just found in carpets but also in furniture and bedding too. So if you want to keep them away, the best flea treatment is flea prevention.

Why Am I Still Finding Fleas After Treated My Carpet and Pet?

You know your pet is as clean and fresh feeling as can be, but you still find a pesky flea jumping around on it or even in its coat. What’s worse? You’ve gone through the effort of properly de-fleasing your home! It seems like these pests are everywhere nowadays even after flea treatment.

The main thing is to have patience. Understanding the life cycle of fleas is important when trying to get rid of them. Fleas can lay eggs that will remain dormant in your home for months, and if you are treating it, new ones may still be emerging from cocoons inside. It’s not unusual for this process to take up to 6-8 weeks or so depending on how bad the infestation was originally.

The best way to deal with these pests is multiple steps: treat dogs and cats regularly (or use preventions like flea control collars), vacuum carpets, curtains, etc., wash bedding weekly/biweekly as necessary. Over time they should die off one by one!

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    Jennifer Dean

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