9 Home Remedies to Flea Proof a Carpet | Q&A

Q: Grandma, my grand daughter just moved into a house with her two-year old daughter who plays on the carpet. As discovered,the carpets have fleas. What can she use to remove the fleas that would be safe for her child?

A: Dear M, Fleas are small wingless insects, described as insects with tube-like sucking mouth parts. Fleas primarily prey on the blood of warm blooded animals after striking the host’s skin. Based on the organism they have infected, fleas are categorized into different species; these are dog fleas, cat fleas, oriental rat fleas and human fleas. However, these wingless insects are not only found on pets but also found on rugs, carpets, and furniture.

If your carpet is infested by these small wingless creatures, listed below are proven home remedies to flea proof a carpet! This might solve and end your pest problem.

Home Remedies to Flea Proof a Carpet

HOME REMEDIES TO FLEA PROOF A CARPET

1. Vacuum the Carpet – Vacuum all the carpets and other pet beddings and upholstered furniture frequently. Make sure to clean the vacuum bag properly prior to reusing it. [1]

2. Steam Clean the Carpet – Steam the carpet at least twice a month. This method is vital for massive flea infestation of the carpet because vacuuming only removes the fleas, but do not remove their eggs.

3. Kosher Salt – Use large amounts of kosher salt leave it into the carpet for a period of 1 week. It works by absorbing smell and moisture, then vacuum. [2]

4. Baking Soda – Pour baking soda on the infested carpet for about 2-3 days. Baking soda can kill fleas and is considered as one of many effective home remedies to flea proof a carpet.

5. Flea Bomb – Use a flea spray; make sure to cover all floor surfaces. After the treatment, continue vacuuming regularly, especially in areas where pets spend a lot of time in. [3]

6. Boiling Hot Water – Bring the carpet outside the house where it can be reached by the heat of the sun. Then, pour boiling hot water on the carpet 2-3 times. It does not only kill adult fleas but also the flea larvae. Make sure to se gloves and other protective gear to avoid getting burned.

7. Quarantine Infested Pets – Make sure you quarantine pets that are flea infested and bath them with appropriate anti-flea soaps or shampoos. Although you may succeed in getting rid of fleas from other places particularly in your carpet, those infesting in the pet will spread in the carpets again. It defeats the purpose of killing fleas in carpets unless you treat your pet first.

8. Flea Powder – You can also put flea powder depending on the manufacturer’s instruction on your pets to prevent reoccurrence of fleas getting transferred to the carpet. [4]

9. Borax – Applying mixture of borax and water to remove fleas in carpet is probably one of the best home remedies to get rid of fleas in the carpet. Borax is also available in a white powder form; sprinkle it over the carpet and underneath it to kill stubborn fleas. Borax is successful for killing larvae and adults.

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