Getting rid of household fleas can be an uphill task. You have to treat your pets, which is usually where you would first detect the presence of this pesky friend. Then you would have to get rid of fleas in your house. For this, you would need to cover all areas of your house that is both indoor and outdoor. In other words, practically everything in your house has to be cleaned and treated for fleas. What’s most challenging to homeowners with a flea infested home is carpet cleaning. Carpets are good breeding grounds for fleas. The eggs and larva of fleas tend to be embedded within carpets, which makes it more difficult to kill them. If you are looking for solutions to this problem, here are some tips on how to get fleas out of carpets.
Firstly, you need to vacuum your carpets frequently. Don’t use any ordinary vacuum cleaner. Look for one that has powerful suction. It’s easy to remove the adult fleas and eggs but the larva tend to cling onto the carpets tightly and that’s why you need a vacuum cleaner that is powerful. One important point to note is that the fleas, its eggs and larva will be in the vacuum bag after cleaning. As such, you need to throw the bag away immediately and not keep for future use.
For further treatment, you may need to shampoo your carpets. You can do so by dumping the carpets into soapy hot water and leave overnight. Alternatively, you could simply throw them into a hot dryer. The soap and heat will kill off the adult fleas, its eggs and larva.
There are also carpet flea killers in the form of sprays available. Look for one containing growth inhibitors like Nylar as it helps to interrupts the flea life cycle and keeps the flea population down.
Instead of chemicals, which some may fear to be too toxic, there are also safer products available. Borate powder is an example of an effective yet relatively safe product, which has been reported to be highly popular. It comes in finely milled powder form, which can cling onto carpets providing long lasting effects.
However, take note that carpet cleaning alone would not solve your problem. Check out the section on “House Flea Control” which shows you a well thought out step-by-step plan to eradicate all fleas . You would also find treatments and products that you can follow and use to ensure better success in your attempts to remove these pesky creatures