Dealing with fleas in your carpet

Michael Mckenzie
November 12, 2023
 10 mins read
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Dealing with fleas in your carpet

What can i do about those pesky fleas?

Dealing with a flea infestation in your carpet can very frustrating.Fleas can multiply quickly, causing an annoyance and discomfort for humans and pets alike. Even though flea infestations are normally associated with pets, homes without pets are not immune to flea invasions, but can just as effectively be dealt with.

Don’t panic, we are here to offer effective strategies and tips on how to eliminate fleas from your carpets leaving you flea-free home to enjoy once again. Here, we aim to take you through the flea removal process. We will look at things such as thorough vacuuming to natural remedies and insecticides.


Can fleas live in my carpet?


Yes, fleas can live on a carpet. A carpet provides an ideal environment for fleas to hide, mate, and wait for a new host to feast on.


Fleas start by laying their eggs on a host, (such as your beloved pet), but these eggs can easily fall off and end up on the carpet. As the flea larvae hatch, they spin cocoons and develop into pupae. A flea emerges from its pupal form when it detects the presence of a host nearby.


Can fleas live in a carpet in a home without pets?


Yes, fleas can potentially live in carpets even without pets. While pets are a common host for fleas, these tiny insects can also infest carpets and other areas where they find a suitable environment. Flea eggs, larvae, and pupae can be brought into homes on clothing, shoes, or by other means.


Once inside, fleas can lay eggs in carpet fibres, and their larvae can develop in the environment, feeding on organic debris. The pupae can remain dormant for weeks or even months, waiting for the right conditions to emerge as adult fleas. While pets are a common source of fleas, they are not the only way these pests can enter a home.



How do fleas get in if I don’t have pets?


Even if you don't have pets, fleas can still find their way into your home through various means. Here are some common ways fleas can enter a pet-free environment:


  1. Wildlife: Fleas can be carried by wild animals such as rodents, squirrels, raccoons, or other wildlife. If these animals come into proximity to your home, they     may leave fleas behind.
  2. Stray Animals: Stray cats or dogs can introduce fleas to your surroundings. Even if you don't have pets, if there are stray animals in your neighbourhood, they could be a source of fleas.
  3. Human Clothing: Fleas or flea eggs can hitch a ride on clothing, especially if you've been in an area where fleas are present. For example, if you visit a place with a flea infestation, the fleas might attach themselves to your clothing and be transported into your home.
  4. Used Furniture or Fabrics: Fleas and their eggs can hide in used furniture, carpets, or fabrics. If you bring in second-hand items that have been in contact with fleas, you might inadvertently introduce them to your living space.
  5. Local Infestations: If your outdoor environment has a flea population, they can easily find their way indoors. This is particularly true if you have a garden with tall grass or vegetation, as fleas thrive in such environments.


To prevent fleas from entering your home, consider taking precautions such as keeping your surroundings clean, regularly vacuuming carpets and upholstery, and inspecting used items before bringing them inside.



Common signs of fleas in the carpet


If you suspect a flea infestation in your carpet, there are several signs to look out for. Here are common indicators of fleas in the carpet:


  1. Itchy Bites: If you or your family members experience unexplained itchy bites, especially around the ankles and lower legs, it could be a sign of flea bites.
  2. Visible Fleas: Adult fleas are small, dark brown insects that are about 1-4 millimetres in size. If you notice tiny, jumping insects in your carpet, it may indicate a flea infestation.
  3. Flea Dirt (Faecal Matter): Flea droppings, often referred to as flea dirt, look like tiny dark specks. You may notice these on your carpet, especially in areas where pets frequent. To distinguish flea dirt from regular dirt, you can use a damp white cloth; flea dirt will turn reddish-brown when wet, as it contains digested blood.
  4. Pet Scratching: While you may not have pets, if you've recently had visitors with pets or have had contact with animals in other ways, their scratching behaviour may indicate the presence of fleas.
  5. Reddish-Brown Stains: If you find reddish-brown stains on your bedding, carpet, or upholstery, it could be a sign of crushed fleas or flea excrement.
  6. Flea Eggs and Larvae: Flea eggs are tiny, white ovals, while larvae are small, worm-like creatures. They may be found in the fibres of your carpet, especially in areas where adult fleas lay eggs.
  7. Increased Pest Activity: If you notice an increase in other pests, such as ants or spiders, it could be a result of them being attracted to the fleas or flea larvae.



What kills fleas in carpet naturally?

Several natural remedies can help control fleas in carpets. Here are some options:

  1. Diatomaceous Earth (DE): Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a fine powder that can be sprinkled on carpets. DE is composed of tiny fossilised aquatic organisms that have sharp edges, which can cut through the exoskeleton of fleas, leading to dehydration and death. Leave it on the carpet for a few hours or overnight, then vacuum thoroughly.
  1. Salt: Salt can be an effective desiccant, drying out flea eggs and larvae. Sprinkle table salt or finely ground sea salt on the carpet, let it sit for a day or two, and then vacuum thoroughly.
  2. Baking Soda: Baking soda can help dehydrate fleas. Sprinkle it on the carpet, let it sit for a few hours or overnight, and then vacuum thoroughly. You can also mix baking soda with salt for a more potent combination.
  3. Lemon Spray: Create a lemon spray by boiling sliced lemons in water. Let the mixture sit overnight, then strain it and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Spritz the lemon spray on carpets, paying attention to areas where fleas are likely to hide.
  4. Rosemary Repellent: Crush dried rosemary and sprinkle it on the carpet. Rosemary has natural flea-repelling properties. You can also make a rosemary flea dip by boiling rosemary in water, straining the liquid, and adding it to a bucket of warm water for mopping.
  5. Essential Oils: Certain essential oils, such as lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil, are known to repel fleas. Mix a few drops of your chosen essential oil with water and spray it on the carpet. Make sure to test in a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it won't stain.
  6. Vacuuming: Regular and thorough vacuuming is crucial for flea control. Vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstery frequently to remove adult fleas, eggs, and larvae. Dispose of the vacuum bag or clean the vacuum canister outside to prevent fleas from re-infesting your home.


While these natural remedies can help manage flea infestations, it's essential to address the issue comprehensively. Wash bedding, treat pets if applicable, and consider consulting with a pest control professional for more severe infestations.



How long do fleas live in carpet?


The lifespan of fleas in the carpet depends on various factors, including environmental conditions and the availability of hosts (such as pets or wildlife). Here's a general overview:

  1. Egg Stage: Fleas lay eggs in the carpet, and these eggs typically hatch within 2 days to 2 weeks, depending on environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity.
  2. Larva Stage: Flea larvae emerge from the eggs and feed on organic debris in the carpet. This stage can last from several days to several weeks, depending on environmental factors.
  3. Pupa Stage: After the larval stage, fleas enter the pupa stage, where they cocoon themselves. The pupa can remain dormant for varying periods, ranging from several days to several months. Fleas in the pupa stage are less susceptible to environmental conditions and can wait for the right conditions to emerge as adults.
  4. Adult Stage: Once the pupa has matured, adult fleas emerge and seek a host for blood-feeding. Adult fleas can live for a few weeks to several months, depending on their access to a blood source and environmental conditions.


In optimal conditions with a suitable host and environment ,the entire life cycle of a flea can take as little as a few weeks. However, factors like temperature, humidity, and the availability of hosts can influence the duration of each stage.

Regular vacuuming, cleaning, and using flea control methods are essential to break the life cycle and reduce the population of fleas in the carpet. Additionally, treating pets for fleas, if applicable, is crucial in preventing re-infestation.



How do I stop fleas coming back?


Preventing fleas from coming back requires a combination of ongoing measures to disrupt their life cycle and eliminate potential sources of infestation. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Treat Pets: If you have pets, ensure they are regularly treated with veterinarian-approved flea control products. Consult your vet for guidance on the most effective and safe products for your specific pets.
  2. Regular Vacuuming: Vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstery regularly, especially in areas where pets spend time. Pay attention to corners, cracks, and crevices where fleas and their eggs may accumulate. Dispose of the vacuum bag or clean the canister outside to prevent re-infestation.
  3. Wash Bedding and Pet Bedding: Wash pet bedding, as well as your own bedding, regularly in hot water. This helps eliminate flea eggs, larvae, and adult fleas that may be present.
  4. Use Natural Repellents: Consider using natural repellents, such as diatomaceous earth, salt, or essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, or tea tree oil, in areas where fleas are a concern. These substances can help deter fleas from infesting your home.
  5. Maintain a Clean Environment: Keep your home clean and free of clutter. Regularly dust and clean surfaces, and vacuum and mop floors. This reduces the availability of hiding places for fleas and makes the environment less hospitable for their development.
  6. Treat Outdoor Areas: If your pet spends time outdoors, treat outdoor areas such as yards and kennels to minimise the risk of flea infestations. Consult with a pest control professional or use pet-safe outdoor flea control products.
  7. Consult with Pest Control Professionals: If you've had a persistent flea problem, consider consulting with pest control professionals. They can assess the extent of the infestation and provide targeted treatments to eliminate fleas.
  8. Be Cautious with Used Items: When acquiring used furniture or fabrics, inspect them thoroughly for signs of fleas or flea eggs before bringing them into your home.


By implementing these preventive measures consistently, you can reduce the likelihood of fleas coming back and maintain a flea-free living environment. If you have persistent issues, seeking advice from a pest control professional is advisable.





Michael Mckenzie
Owner, Paramount Cleaning Company
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