Fleas in Carpets and Rugs

Fleas can become established in numerous locations inside a home. These locations usually provide protection, suitable humidity and temperatures that favor fleas’ survival and reproduction. One such location is often carpets and rugs.

Carpets and rugs are popular flea locations for a number of reasons. Female fleas lay their eggs on the surface hair of the host. Shortly after, the eggs drop from the host and if those eggs drop on carpets, bedding or furniture, they become a flea infestation source. A carpet or rug provides protection for both flea adults and the immature stages. While one may not see a lot of flea evidence on the carpet’s surface, an inspection of the base of the carpet’s fibers would likely show evidence of the immature stages (eggs, larvae and pupae) of the flea. Also, carpets and rugs provide a relatively warm and cozy place for fleas to live. Another reason carpets and rugs often contain fleas are because this is where hosts such as people and pets usually frequent. Finally, carpets and rugs are great collectors of “flea dirt”, the adult flea’s excrement and one of the flea larvae’s sources of nourishment.

The most important tool for flea control in carpets and rugs is a vacuum cleaner. A good vacuum cleaner is very effective at removing flea larvae, pupae, eggs, adults and flea feces. Regular and frequent use of vacuum cleaners and rug cleaning equipment will keep the floor coverings looking nice and clean, plus greatly assist in controlling fleas. However, always be sure to remove the vacuum bag and either throw it away or put it into a freezer. This will keep your vacuum from becoming another source of fleas. Also, when using your vacuum, use the crack and crevice tool and the roller brush tool to maximize removal of fleas.

Another effective part of the flea control plan is to frequently wash and dry carpets or rugs by pets for sleeping. Since a major source of flea problems may be the pet’s bedding, washing those items once per week and drying them on the dryer’s hottest setting also contributes to the battle against fleas.

For many reason, homeowners and business owners often have trouble if they attempt to do their own flea control. Therefore, flea control is best performed by your pest management professional. Your pest management professional will provide a thorough inspection and locate the sources of the flea problem. Once the inspection is complete, he will provide recommendations and education to prevent and control fleas. One of the most important parts of the flea control plan will include information related to products and application techniques that will ensure safe and effective flea control for your carpets and rugs.