Fleas have a great way of getting into your house, even when you’re extremely cautious. It happens often and it’s always a huge nuisance. They often get in by clinging to your pets, going completely unnoticed until they infiltrate and take over your entire home. That is why we’re bringing you an article on quick and easy ways to get rid of fleas from carpets, so you can go back to relaxing and not have to worry about those fleas again for a long time.
Vacuuming To Get Rid Of Fleas
It may seem obvious, to get rid of the fleas you should start with the easiest possible solution and that is to vacuum them. There are a few nuances however, which you should follow closely to avoid having the fleas reappear the next week.
The first thing to do while following this technique is to vacuum everywhere – very thoroughly. You should even vacuum twice, just to be safe. When doing this, make sure you focus intensely on upholstered furniture, if you have it. The fleas can easily hide in the cracks of the furniture, meaning if you don’t follow this step properly, you’ll likely see the fleas back in action not a week later.
MAKE SURE YOU THROW AWAY THE VACUUM BAG. Again, if you don’t, the fleas will just find their way back in.
After vacuuming everything you believe to be infected and more, it’s time to start steam cleaning. We have written a few helpful articles on steam cleaning, which can be found here. This is a very important step, as if you missed any fleas after doing the first step (you did), this will make sure that there will be no flea survivors.
The last step of this process is the ‘finishing touches’, if you will. This includes anything between washing your pets beds and your clothes to re-vacuuming – you can’t be too sure with fleas. As we’ve said before, missing even a few fleas will likely result in another infestation in the weeks to come.
The Lemon Technique
To continue the fight against fleas, you’ll want to make a batch of lemon spray, or more informally known as the fleas worst nightmare. The instructions for making this infamous liquid are as follows:
- Grab 1 – 3 lemons, depending on the size of the infested area
- Cut these lemons into thin pieces, and place them in a pot
- For every lemon you use, you use about a cup of water, add the water to the pot of lemons
- Bring the water to a boil
- Once boiling, remove the heat and let the pot sit with the water and lemons overnight
- In the morning, take out the lemons (using a strainer)
- For every lemon, pour a half cup of vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar, but any will do). Voila, you have your homemade flea remover
Put the lemon solution in a spray bottle, and for the next week, spray the infested areas of your carpet and furniture once in the morning, and once in the evening.
After this, the fleas should be gone, but continue to spray in the same places once every couple of days or so to make sure that they are gone.
Diatomaceous earth is a common remedy for fleas, and so we had to include it in the list. We don’t particularly recommend this method however, just because of how messy it can get.
I’ll start by saying if you buy diatomaceous earth for this project, you MUST make sure it is food grade.
You start out by using a firm broom on your carpet, which brings the fleas closer to the top of the fiber. Doing this will greatly decrease the time it takes for the fleas to die. After you’ve done this, you rub a thin layer of the diatomaceous earth on your carpet, wherever the fleas are. Leave it on your carpet for the next 12 hours or so, and then remove it via a proper vacuum. The fleas should now be completely removed from the carpet. Again, you must make sure you are careful they don’t come back.
This method is definitely effective, but it’s too messy to be considered a ‘quick and easy’ way of removing the fleas, and thus you should try the first two methods before this.