Three Steps To Ridding Your Carpet Of Fleas

Posted on: 26 January 2016

Dogs and cats make lovely pets, but when they bring in fleas, things can get frustrating! Often, those fleas don't just stay on your pet -- they make their way into your carpet, jumping up and biting you if you walk across it. The first step to ridding your carpet for fleas is to treat your pet for fleas (Spot-on treatments and flea shampoos work well. Talk to your vet to learn more.) But then, you must set your mind to ridding the carpet of fleas. Thankfully, you can do so by following these three steps.

Step 1: Shampoo the carpet.

Shampooing will help suck many of the fleas and eggs out of the carpet. It won't get them all, but by decreasing their numbers, it will make steps 2 and 3 more effective.

You may want to hire a professional to steam clean your carpet. But, if you have a home carpet shampooer, you can use it for this step. Make sure you use a shampoo that is made for homes with pets, as it will remove dander and odors that you might as well tackle since you're going through the hassle of shampooing. Go over each section of the carpet several times, and make sure you use as hot of water as possible so that any fleas you do suck up are killed more quickly.

Step 2: Sprinkle on diatomaceous earth.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a powdery substance that will dehydrate the exoskeletons of fleas, killing them. As long as you buy food-grade DE, it is completely safe to use around your home. It won't harm you or your pets. Wait until the carpet is dry, and then sprinkle it with DE. Use a brush to make sure the DE gets deep into the carpet. Then, leave it in place for a week.

Step 3: Vacuum, and repeat.

Vacuum up the diatomaceous earth. Dispose of the vacuum bag immediately so that any live fleas it contains don't end up back in the carpet. Then, sprinkle on more DE, let it sit for a week, and then vacuum it up. (DE absorbs moisture from the air and becomes less effective over time, so don't just leave the original DE in place for 2 weeks.) This will take care of any last fleas that have not hatched out of their eggs yet.

If you follow these steps and also treat your pets for fleas, your carpet should soon be flea-free. If you're still noticing the little pests, contact a pest control company. Visit for more information.