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How to Remove Fleas from Carpet

Your home has fleas and it's nothing to be embarrassed about.  Most pet owners have to face this unhappy situation sooner or later.  Fleas can be just about anywhere in the house but the carpets always seem to have the brunt of the infestation.  This article will give you the knowledge of how to kill fleas in your carpets and how to practice flea control in your home.

Flea Control:

The most common way for fleas to enter your home is on your pet.  The first thing that you will want to do is to bathe your pets.  Many folks have found that bathing their pets in dawn dish detergent is an effective way to kill fleas.  There are also special flea shampoos that can be found at pet stores or through your veterinarian.  Before using any type of shampoo or chemical on your pet be sure to contact your vet for approval.

Killing Fleas around the House:

Once you have your pet cleaned it’s time to move on to the rest of your home.  Fleas will hide just about anywhere but they prefer moving to carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and other fibrous objects to lay their eggs.   Carpet cleaning will be the next step in your flea removal campaign.

Vacuuming will work great for removing adult fleas.  Unfortunately, vacuuming alone will not remove all of the larvae and eggs.  Salt sprinkled on carpet should kill most flea eggs and larvae within 24 hours.  You can also try borax.  If you prefer to use a chemical flea killer consider using powders or sprays that contain Mithoprene or Pyriproxyfen.  These chemicals inhibit several of the flea lifecycles and prevent the next generation from reaching maturity.

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Once you’ve left your flea killer on the carpet for at least one day, vacuum thoroughly.   After you vacuum be sure to immediately remove the vacuum bag and filter from your home.  If you don’t do so any larvae or eggs that might still be alive can move from your equipment right back into your carpets and rugs. 

If after several treatments with chemicals and vacuuming you still have fleas in your carpets, you may have to rent or buy a carpet shampooer.  A steam cleaner is also an extremely effective way to kill fleas in the home.  Before you treat your carpet collect any rugs and wash them in the clothes washer on hot.  A long hot dryer cycle will also help remove any eggs or larvae from these items.

Remember to clean behind any furniture and along the cracks in baseboards and behind cabinets.  These are not ideal places for fleas to lay their eggs, but adult fleas may have found a refuge from your vacuum and shampooing activites in these areas.  Also be sure to treat and clean any furniture or bedding if you have noticed evidence of fleas in those locations.

If all of your efforts still haven’t resulted in a flea free home you may want to consider calling professional pest control.  If you are tempted to bomb your house, you may want to reconsider.  Most bug bombs affect fleas very little and can be dangerous to your health and the health of your pets.

If all else fails, you may have to remove your carpets, rugs, and padding and replace them.  Before installing any new carpets, be sure to treat and vacuum your subfloors to remove any eggs or larvae that have been left behind.

If you follow these steps you should have successfully removed or killed all of the fleas in your home.  Just remember to bathe your pets regularly and to vacuum your carpets often in order to prevent a new infestation.