Carpets attracts a variety of assailants; dirt, dust, dust mites, pet dander, dead skin cells, and many other examples of particulates and debris. Carpets also accrue stains from food, beverages, pets, chemicals, and other such potential stain causing agents, as well as any odors that are attached to the stains and other means. But there are some other contaminants that have the potential to be easily found within the carpet fibers; mold, mildew, allergens, pollutants, and other microbes. Additionally, there can be even be something more sinister lurking in the piles of carpeting waiting to ambush you, your kids, and your pets; fleas. Considering the very real possibility that fleas can have been unknowingly brought into your home, laid eggs, and now you have an infestation, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like relates some tips and advice on how to get those fleas out of your carpets.
How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Carpet
Vacuum Cleaning: Vacuuming may seem a too simple solution for removing fleas, but it is one of the most effective methods. This easily performed technique sucks up fleas in all their lifecycles; eggs, larva, pupae, and adults. Killing off the adult fleas is efficient enough to remove the infestation, as soon the next generations will quickly evolve and pick up where the adults left. Vacuuming disposes of the infestation as well as their pre-digested blood feces that closely resemble coarse ground pepper that the larvae eat. The vibrations will stimulate the pupae and motivate them to leave their cocoon, making the removal all more efficient.
Vacuuming the fleas out of the carpet will take precise and methodical detailing. Vacuum the length of the room in strips to ensure thoroughness; roll over your carpet at a slow steady pace. Use your hose around the edges and corners and don’t neglect under the furniture. Repeat the vacuuming procedure daily for two weeks to ensure all the fleas have been completely removed. Dispose of the vacuum contents in the outside trash bin to avoid recontamination.
Baking Soda & Salt: If you have more peace of mind than just vacuuming, there are some applications that can confirm the flea’s demise. You will need enough salt and baking soda to spread over the size of your carpets. The salt and baking soda dehydrate fleas and their eggs, forcing them to retreat. If you use this method, keep socks or slippers on and keep pets and children away.
1) From left to light, moderately sprinkle salt to cover the surface.
2) Immediately follow with a liberal application of baking soda in a like manner.
3) With a broom, agitate the salt and baking soda into the fibers by using sweeping motions. After you have completed the task, allow it to set for 12 hours. Avoid having children and pets come into contact with the carpet as the salt can irritate the skin.
4) After the 12 hours, thoroughly vacuum the particles.
5) Repeat this method once a week until all evidence of fleas are gone.
Diatomaceous Earth: Another method that is natural and effective is using diatomaceous earth.
1) Combine 1 part diatomaceous earth and 1 part baking soda. Mix well. Do not allow the mixture to become moist as it will become ineffective.
2) Moderately apply a layer of the homemade flea powder to your carpet, furniture, beds, and other surfaces.
3) For at least 24 hours, leave the powder on your carpet to make sure all eggs, larva, pupa and adults are eliminated.
4) Vacuum up the powder thoroughly.
Do note that even though diatomaceous earth is non-toxic and safe for ingestion, it is presented in a fine powder which has the potential to irritate your eyes, nose or throat. Be sure to take safety measures during application and vacuuming and wrap a handkerchief or shirt around your face, or ear safety glasses/goggles and a basic mask.
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To ensure all the fleas and their eggs are completely removed; contact Carpet Care 2000 for a comprehensive carpet cleaning. Not only will the fleas be removed, but your carpets will be cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized.