The weather is getting hot. Recently we have noticed there maybe fleas
in our carpet. We don't want to replace the carpet, because that is
several thousand dollars. I am wondering if there are some other ways to
deal with it.
We don't have pets in our home. But the previous owner has one. We
bought the house and moved in two years ago.
:) Dear All,
:) The weather is getting hot. Recently we have noticed there maybe fleas
:) in our carpet. We don't want to replace the carpet, because that is
:) several thousand dollars. I am wondering if there are some other ways to
:) deal with it.
:) We don't have pets in our home. But the previous owner has one. We
:) bought the house and moved in two years ago.
:) Many thanks.
If you have fleas you have to have a host animal. Two years after the
pets are gone is too long for the fleas to continue. If you have fleas
inside there will be no mistake, you will see them on you. If you are
seeing a small hopping insect, it may be springtails, very common this
time of year. They will be greyish rather than jet black and will
easily squash with a finger where fleas are hard to smash.
The easiest carpet treatment is to get an aerosol from a pet store, vet
or dog groomer that you apply directly to the carpet and it should
contain what is called an IGR. The spray directly kills the adult flea
and the IGR keeps the eggs from hatching and the larva from developing
into the biting adult. There will be a little residual that will kill
the new adults that show up from the protected pupa (cocoon) stage.
Vacuum as much as you can until you are sick of your vacuum, the
vibration helps stimulate the adults to emerge from the cocoon stage and
the sooner they emerge the sooner they are gone.
If you are having fleas you need to address the host. It will be a
stray or wild animal living in the attic or under the crawl. In these
situations you can treat the carpet as much as you want and you will be
having fleas for they need to be addressed at the source (attic or
crawl) and you will probably need a pro to properly treat those areas.
I had a neighbour with a flea-ridden cat (duplex house) and my unit was infested
with them for several years after the cat left. The fleas don't live very long,
the flea eggs can lie dormant for a long time.
:) I had a neighbour with a flea-ridden cat (duplex house) and my unit was
:) with them for several years after the cat left. The fleas don't live very
:) the flea eggs can lie dormant for a long time.
Well the eggs will hatch within a couple of weeks, it is the the pupa
stage that can stay dormant for an extended period of time, over 9
months have been reported. If there was a continual flea problem it was
brought in from strays, rodents or other wild animals.
You have to kill the bastards, then wait a couple of weeks and do it again. The
first time will nuke the mature fleas. Waiting two weeks to do it again will
allow the eggs to hatch but not give them enough time to sexually mature. That
way you break the reproduction cycle.
I'm rather fond of insect bombs you set and leave for a few hours. I set off
several of them and go to work. When I come home the little beggars are all
dead.... at least that's what I used to do when I had a cat. I haven't had a
summertime flea problem in many years. My dog doesn't seem to have the problem.
:) My vote is for the bomb/fogger....and do yourself a favor and do the
:) whole house.
The down fall of the foggers is that you have to leave after treatment
for a few hours and may only be killing the exposed adults, doing
nothing to the eggs or larvae or any adults that may of crawled away
from the air flow. Where with the aerosol carpet sprays the IGR is in
the product and you can be assured that you are placing where it is
needed and depending on the products time away can be just a few
minutes, almost a dry application along with there is a residual so one
treatment is longer lasting. And I have never heard of anyone blowing up
a house with the aerosols as they do with foggers...which can be a
Before we used the topical stuff for our cat, our house was full of
fleas. At the same time the vet ordered topical stuff, he sold us a
cannister of boric acid to use on carpets. It was to be sprinkled on
the carpet, left for a week, and then vacuumed up. As it turned out, we
didn't need to use the boric because the topical flea medicine for the
cat did the trick. We tried everything under the sun prior to that, and
nothing worked. Killing the live fleas can leave a lot of eggs, which
hatch in about 3 days. The boric left down for a week would have gotten
the newly hatched ones. I think it is probably available at a pet
store, and I would dispose of the vacuum bag as soon as the stuff is
Hint from Heloise has a great option. Totally natural, use moth
balls... crush a bag of moth balls in a zip lock bag, once crushed
sprinkle on the carpet. Leave on for a bit, vaccum up. Throw the old
bag away add a few moth balls to the new bag. Open the windows because
the smell may be a bit overpowering.
My old roommate had an outside cat that would come into his room, when
he moved he left me all the fleas... It worked great.
Eggs of fleas can stay unhatched for a very long time. The vibration
vacuuming can cause them to hatch. You can get chemicals that
are safe to spray
on your furniture. carpet, and other infected
I had a dog and 3 cats
that I found dropped off in our area. I took
them in and got fleas really bad.
I went to my local do it yourself pest control company and used what
recommended.; I haven't had fleas in 3 years. Here is a link
informaiton for it.
You can buy from them to
have it shipped.
I found this works very well in my home to get rid of our flea problem
in early summer. I sprinkle borax power on the carpet we leave it
overnight and vac the next day it kills the eggs by drying them out. I
have been using this for 5 years now and it has worked great.
The local pest control told me this is what he uses in homes for
families that can't take the harsh chemical smell.
Borax is NOT a safe benign chemical.
Borax can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and cause severe
abdominable cramping and gastric disturbances in susceptible
individuals. No kidding.
When you vacuum the carpet, a lot of the powder goes right through the
filter bag and becomes airborn in a fine dust which penetrates deeply
into your lungs.
Open the windows on a breezy day and wear an appropriate respirator.
Borax is so widely used it is virtually impossible to avoid exposure.
In some countries, it is even used in food. It can be used to control
fleas and carpenter ants. While some people feel it is very toxic, in
fact it has about the same toxicity as table salt (LD50 toxicity around
3,000 mg/kg body mass, if Wikipedia is to be believed).
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