Solving a Flea Problem in Your Carpet

September 3, 2010

Owning a cat or a dog can be a wonderful experience for anyone. They are great companions, they provide hours of amusement for their owners and in the case of certain dogs (and even a few cats we know) they are great at providing home security.

One of the not-so-great aspects of owning a cat or dog are fleas. Even if you are diligent in your flea prevention efforts, these nasty little critters can still hitch a lift inside on Fluffy or Fido’s fur.

Carpets make a  good breeding grounds for fleas, especially those with a deeper pile and when you are treating your home after discovering a flea problem it is going to take more than a quick once over with the vacuum to get rid of the problem for good.

It is not the adult fleas that you can see that are the problem when it comes to carpets. Instead it is the eggs they will have laid that have to be eliminated to solve the problem for good.

Vacuuming is the first step. A machine with good suction will pick up most of the adult fleas so that is one part of the problem solved.

To shift the harder to remove eggs one solution available to homeowners is to shampoo the carpet. The soap and hot water kill of the larvae and eggs very effectively, with the added advantage that your carpets will be nice and clean as well.

If you don’t want to shampoo the carpets there are a number of commercial flea sprays available designed for use on carpets. Before you use one though make sure that it is not harmful to pets or children or you may end up with a far bigger problem on your hands than a few fleas. It is also a good idea to “test spray” an inconspicuous area of the carpeting to make sure that the spary you have chosen will not alter or damage your carpet’s color.

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