How to Get Rid of Fleas on Your Carpet

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It is essential that pet owners know how to get rid of fleas from carpets. Insects tend to take up home in carpets and thereafter infest pets repeatedly. Once an infestation has been established, they spread out to other parts of your home quickly. If not careful, these tiny pests can even invade your wardrobes and cause rashes and allergies. People with babies at home need to be particularly careful.

Use a Vacuum

Vacuum the carpet thoroughly so that all the adult fleas and their pupae, larvae, and eggs are sucked into the dust bag. Doing so on a regular basis will ensure that fleas do not get a chance to settle down on your carpet. In extreme cases, resort to professional help.

Baking Soda and Common Salt

Baking soda and vinegar.

Mix together 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 to 3 tablespoons of common salt in equal proportions and fill the mixture in a dispenser. Spread this on your carpet, pet’s beds and rugs. Allow the mixture to stay in the applied regions for at least three to four hours. The salt and baking soda will flush out fleas as the mixture tends to suffocate them. After this time, vacuum the carpet thoroughly.

Lemon Juice Treatment

Cut three to four lemons and slice them finely. Boil these pieces for about 30 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool down. Filter out the lemon pieces and fill a spray bottle with the diluted lemon juice water. Spray this water on your pet, carpet, and rugs. The citrus scent emanating from the mixture and the natural oils in it will kill the fleas. Do not forget to vacuum the carpet because there is a chance that any eggs that may have been left behind during the treatment will hatch at a later stage.

Also, do not reuse the dust bag; just dispose of it safely as it may have live flea eggs, which may reinfest the carpet. Spray the carpet with a solution of lavender oil in water, if you don’t like the citrus scent.

Natural Flea Repellents

Add 10 to 15 drops of citronella and rosemary oil to a gallon of water and spray the solution on infected areas. Citronella and rosemary oil act as natural pest repellents.


A dog scratches fleas.

Numerous insecticides are available in the market; however, they should be used only in extreme cases of flea infestations. Furthermore, if you are using insecticides, use it only on carpets. Insecticides usually have a very strong odor, which might persist for days. Remember that these toxic chemicals might harm the pet if it accidentally ingests them.

Check your pet regularly for flea infection. Bathe it regularly using flea soaps and shampoos. Eucalyptus- or lavender-scented products are highly recommended for this purpose.