How To Get Rid Of Flea Infestation In Carpet

Thursday 26th October 2023

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When you find your legs and feet covered in red, itchy spots, and your pet is scratching themselves more than usual, you may be experiencing a flea infestation. Fleas are pests that are notoriously difficult to eliminate and pose a health hazard in your home, spreading bloodborne diseases.

At ICE Cleaning, we offer flea pest removal services for when an infestation gets out of control. We use advanced technology and insecticide solutions that eliminate fleas at any stage in their life cycle. We can also offer guidance on how you can prevent fleas from returning in the future.

Read on to learn about how to prevent flea outbreaks, contain them if already present, and the steps necessary for handling a situation.

Understanding fleas

Fleas are small, wingless insects known for their ability to jump great distances. They feed on the blood of mammals and birds, which often leads them into our homes.

The life cycle of a flea involves four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Adult fleas lay eggs after feeding on a host's blood; these eggs fall off the host and hatch into larvae in places like carpets or animal bedding.

Fleas can transmit diseases such as bubonic plague or myxomatosis. This makes understanding them crucial for maintaining a healthy home environment.

The possibility of flea infestation without pets

Fleas can invade your home even if you do not have pets. They do this by attaching to other animals or people, invading your living space.

Because fleas are notoriously good jumpers, they can leap from the ground onto an unsuspecting host, such as a human or wild animal passing by. From there, they're brought indoors without anyone realising.

This does not mean that every flea will settle in forever. If you do not have pets at home, they may die off quickly due to a lack of suitable food sources - but some survive and breed.

Prevention measures for pets

Fleas are pests that can cause discomfort to your pets. Protecting your pets from fleas is achievable with the correct measures. You must ensure they are up-to-date with their flea treatments.

Over-the-counter flea treatments are less effective than those prescribed by a vet, so you must consult your vet about the correct treatment.

A long-term and stronger solution is available to cats - the Program Injection - which is a 6-month prevention that can control flea infestations.

This injection works by providing long-term protection in the cat's bloodstream, so when the fleas feed from your cat, they are rendered infertile and cannot lay eggs.

Maintaining cleanliness around the house is also crucial, as fleas thrive in dirty environments. Regularly washing pet bedding also helps reduce the chances of infestation.

Ensure regular check-ups at the vet's office – professionals can spot early signs before a large infestation occurs. Some of these signs include:

  • Scratching or biting themselves
  • Hairless patches
  • Red skin
  • Red bumps on skin
  • Visible flea dirt in fur

Challenges in eradicating fleas

Fleas are not easy to eliminate. Their small size and rapid reproduction make them a persistent pest despite your best efforts. One reason is their resilient life cycle, allowing fleas to lay 40 eggs a day on various surfaces, including carpets. 

This can happen without any signs for a while. Because of this stealthy nature, eradication becomes an uphill battle. Fleas can infest your home all year round, including the winter, when your home will be at its warmest.

The second challenge lies in the flea's ability to survive without a host for extended periods. Even after treating your pets or eliminating obvious infestations, some fleas can still linger, waiting for their next opportunity.

The role of carpets in flea infestations

Fleas find carpets an ideal environment to thrive. This is because the thick, warm fabric provides a perfect breeding ground for these pests. Not only do they get protection from external threats, but it also gives them easy access to hosts like pets and humans.

It is crucial to remember that fleas can survive without feeding for several months under favourable conditions. So, even if you do not see any immediate signs of infestation, your carpet could still be harbouring flea eggs or larvae waiting to hatch.

Regular vacuuming is necessary as it removes adult fleas along with their eggs and larvae source to help control flea infestations in carpets. But sometimes professional flea pest control is needed due to severe cases.

Reducing the spread of fleas

Fleas may be resilient, but you can limit their spread. By ensuring your pets have flea treatment regularly, you have succeeded in the first step of prevention. Ask your vet to find out which treatment is best for your pet. It will not only protect your pet but also stop fleas from spreading in your home.

Cleaning is crucial too: regularly wash pet bedding and vacuum areas where pets frequent - especially carpets, which tend to harbour more fleas due to their structure.

Lastly, keep a close eye on signs of an infestation, such as scratching pets or visible bites on family members' skin. Acting quick can help to suppress the issue before it becomes unmanageable.

Addressing a flea infestation

It is vital to identify the presence of fleas early on. If you are struggling to find evidence of fleas, you should take your pet to a vet or use a flea comb to check their fur for eggs, flea dirt, or live fleas.

If you confirm an infestation, thoroughly clean all pet bedding and wash soft furnishings where possible. Buy or hire a wet vacuum carpet cleaner to meticulously remove flea eggs hiding within fibres. You should also consider professional pest control services to help.

You may need stronger solutions, designed for home use. Sprays or fog bombs will help kill adult fleas and stop larvae from developing further.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get rid of fleas in the carpet?

To eliminate fleas, use a combination of thorough wet vacuuming, steam cleaning, and insecticide sprays. Ask your vet for the best flea control for your pets and take them to a groomer for a flea bath.

How long can fleas live in a carpet?

Fleas can live in carpets for up to 100 days without food. This survival skill makes them hard to eliminate.

Will vacuuming every day get rid of fleas?

Vacuuming daily helps control flea populations but it is not a solo solution. You will need additional treatments like insecticides or professional flea removal services.

What is the best solution to kill fleas in a carpet?

The best products against fleas are usually chemical-based products such as insecticides that contain permethrin and methoprene. Fog bombs and aerosols are also good options, but you must handle these with care and allow them to dry out before re-entering the room or house.

Get in touch

At ICE Cleaning we provide specialised pest control services to tackle the issue of flea infestations. Utilising advanced technology featuring highly effective insecticides, we can disrupt the flea's life cycle and clean your carpets. We offer advice on what measures best ensure fleas do not return.

If you are struggling with a flea infestation, we offer emergency cleaning services when the situation needs urgent remediation. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and you can reach us at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk.

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