Getting Rid Of Fleas in the Carpet

Getting rid of fleas in the carpet can be difficult, especially if they're deep in the pile, and they keep on coming back! So if you've found dog fleas in your carpets, read on to learn how to make sure you not only remove every last pesky flea, but that they don't keep coming back! Keep your house parasite free. 

Fleas in the Carpet? Give Your Dog Priority!

Dog fleas and their eggs can live deep in the pile of your favourite rug for months and of course you want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

However, as your beloved Cocker Spaniel is likely to be the source of the fleas, your priority is probably going to be de-lousing your dog before moving on to your carpets.

This is because his warm little body is the ideal place for a flea-breeding ground, and where the eggs will happily hatch. So unless you treat your dog as a priority, the fleas will keep on coming! 

Flea Treatment for your Carpets 

Getting rid of fleas in the carpet can be difficult, but did you know that you can use Salt or baking powder as a natural flea removal treatment?

Ultra close up of a dog flea. It almost looks translucent, and you can see the fine hairs on its legs.Who wants dog fleas in the carpet?

For removing dog fleas in the carpet, you have two options:

  • Option 1:

    Place a small handful of salt on a saucer or tray and place it under the settee. You could place several under other pieces of furniture, but make sure your kids (and pets) can't get at it.

  • Option 2:

    Sprinkle salt or baking powder (or both) onto your carpets and leave overnight before vacuuming clean. Vacuum once a day for three days to make sure you get all the salt, baking powder and flea debris out of your carpets.

The salt and baking powder seems to work by dehydrating the flea eggs, which kills them before they have a chance to develop.

It's worth giving it a try, especially if you don't want to go to the bother of wetting your carpets with solution.

Give The Critters A Bath!

Believe it or not, soapy water and a tea light can be an effective way of removing fleas in the carpet.

Before everyone goes off to bed, place a small bowl of soapy water in the middle of the room. Carefully float a lighted tea light candle in the middle of the bowl.

Make sure your Cocker Spaniel is 'locked' in your bedroom or his crate during the night to avoid any accidents.

The fleas will be attracted by the light and warmth and will jump towards it. The theory is that they end up in the soapy water and drown.

If you don't feel comfortable using a naked flame, try leaving a small torch or night light propped up against the bowl.

Sprinkle Your Carpet With Boric Acid

Boric acid, lightly sprinkled on carpets, left for 40 minutes and then vacuumed, will also kill fleas and eggs nesting in the fibres of your carpet.

I mention this because other dog owners have used it and claim that it works; however, I don't particularly recommend it, especially where there are babies or young children in the household.

It would be all too easy for children and/or pets to ingest it and become ill, so better to be safe than sorry!

I've given you a couple of ideas for removing a flea infestation from carpets and rugs and I hope one of them works for you.

If you have any ideas of your own for getting rid of fleas in the carpet, or anywhere in your home, why not share them with us and our visitors - we'd love to hear from you!

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