So, Does Carpet Cleaning Remove Fleas?
Fleas are a common pest, especially in a home with a pet cat or dog, so it is not unusual to have a problem with them from time to time. Therefore, understanding more about fleas and their life cycle will help greatly in effectively removing them from the home.
A Few Facts About Fleas
The flea life cycle has four stages: egg, larvae pupa, and adult. And fleas can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to many months to reach the adult stage depending on conditions. As a result, an adult female flea can lay 40 eggs a day (that’s 2,000 eggs in one flea’s lifetime!) meaning that flea infestations can quickly get out of control.
Fleas need warm and humid conditions to thrive. To develop and survive fleas need a humidity of 50% + and temperatures between 13 – 34°C. This is why fleas are less of a pest in winter and start to become a problem in spring!
DID YOU KNOW
Fleas can jump up to 20 cm high. That’s 150 times its own height. Or a 6-foot human jumping almost a thousand feet!
Fleas only spend one-quarter of their life on the host animal. This means that effective treatment must be applied to the whole affected home to treat the infestation completely. And fleas can also survive a long time without a food source so it is wise to treat all rooms of the house, even if pets may not have been in there for a while.
Fleas are a known spreader of disease so it is important for the health reasons that infestations are dealt with quickly.
DID YOU ALSO KNOW
The cat flea is the most common flea in the world, most fleas found on dogs are actually cat fleas!
Unfortunately, carpet cleaning will not remove fleas.
And fleas are very resilient creatures and can easily withstand carpet cleaning.
How To Remove Fleas From Carpets
To eradicate fleas requires a carpet insecticide which destroys fleas and their eggs.
Treating a carpet for fleas involves applying the treatment to all carpets in a building. So treating only one room can simply drive the fleas to another room or area that has not been treated.
It is not a particularly time-consuming treatment but would involve moving all or almost all furniture in order to treat the room thoroughly, and this is what often can take a lot of time. Plus if there is heavy furniture to be moved, two persons will be needed.
Prices would depend on the size of the area to be treated, as the insecticide requires a certain volume of treatment per square metre, depending on the type of surface.
So, if you would like to discuss flea treatments in carpets, please feel free to get in touch.