How to Get Rid of Fleas on Your Carpet How to Get Rid of Fleas on Your Carpet
It is essential that pet owners know how to get rid of fleas from carpets. Insects tend to take up home in carpets and thereafter infest pets repeatedly. Once infestation has been established, they spread out to other parts of your home quickly. If not careful, these tiny pests can even invade your wardrobes and cause rashes and allergies and people with babies at home need to be particularly careful.
Use a Vacuum
Vacuum the carpet thoroughly so that all the adult fleas and their pupae, larvae and eggs are sucked into the dust bag. Doing so on a regular basis will ensure that fleas do not get a chance to settle down on your carpet. In extreme cases, resort to professional help.
Baking Soda and Common Salt
Mix together 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda and common salt in equal proportions and fill the mixture in a dispenser. Spread this on your carpet, pet’s bed and rugs. Allow the mixture to stay in the applied regions for at least 3 to 4 hours. The salt and baking soda will flush out fleas as the mixture tends to suffocate them. After this time, vacuum the carpet thoroughly.
Lemon Juice Treatment
Cut 3 to 4 lemons and slice them finely. Boil these pieces for about 30 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool down. Filter out the lemon pieces and fill a spray bottle with the diluted lemon juice water. Spray this water on your pet, carpet and rugs. The citrus scent emanating from the mixture and the natural oils in it will kill the fleas. Do not forget to vacuum the carpet because there is a chance that any eggs that may have been left behind during the treatment hatch at a later stage.
Also, do not reuse the dust bag; just dispose of it safely as it may have live flea eggs, which may reinfest the carpet. Spray the carpet with a solution of lavender oil in water, if you don’t like the citrus scent.
Borax and Water Mixture
Add a teaspoonful of borax to warm water and spray the solution on your carpet with a spray bottle or carpet cleaner. Borax inhibits the growth of fleas and their eggs and larvae. This method works best when combined with any of the abovementioned methods.
Natural Flea Repellents
Add 10 to 15 drops of citronella and rosemary oil to a gallon of water and spray the solution on infected areas. Citronella and rosemary oil act as natural pest repellents.
Numerous insecticides are available in the market; however, they should be used only in extreme cases of flea infestations. Furthermore, if you are using insecticides, use it only on carpets. Insecticides usually have a very strong odor, which might persist for days. Remember that these toxic chemicals might harm the pet if it accidentally ingests them.
Check your pet regularly for flea infection. Bathe it regularly using flea soaps and shampoos. Eucalyptus- or lavender-scented products are highly recommended for this purpose.