Fleas in Carpets and Rugs

How Do Fleas Get Inside?

These tiny pests often latch onto feral cats, rodents, or other wildlife, which bring them into yards. Pets playing outside may then pick up fleas and bring them indoors.

The parasites prefer to live on animal hosts, but will also feed on humans or infest bedding, upholstery, and carpeting. Hidden fleas in the carpet are particularly hard to detect.

Problems with Fleas in the Carpet

Fleas lay up to 50 eggs per day within the fur of their animal hosts. As pets move around indoors, the eggs fall into floor cracks and carpeting.

After hatching, larvae embed deep within carpet fibers and pet bedding and become difficult to remove. Flea larvae can lurk in the carpet for months feeding off the dried blood and feces of the adults on the host.

High pile carpets are the perfect hiding place for fleas. While looking for hosts, the pests can leap up to seven inches from the ground. Their exoskeletons make them crush-resistant when stepped on, which allows fleas in the carpet to thrive.

Bites

The biggest problem with having fleas in the carpet is the potential for bites and irritation. Flea bites can be irritating in both people and pets.

Getting Rid of Fleas in the Carpet

To avoid bringing fleas indoors, keep pets away from outdoor areas with thick brush or dense foliage. Talk to you veterinarian about preventative options for your pets.

Vacuuming can help remove some of the insects, which is a good first step toward reducing fleas in the carpet. For expert help with infestations, call Orkin to schedule a consultation.