Fleas spend most of their time hanging out on your pets. When they fall off, they can end up in various places throughout your home. Knowing where these pests like to hide can help you eliminate an infestation. We’ve made a list of common places where fleas can be found in your home.
Fleas in Carpet
One of the main hiding spots for fleas is your carpet. When fleas lay eggs, they often fall off pets and onto the floor. Flea larvae prefer to stay away from light, so they’ll move closer to the ground. Fleas will hide in your carpet until they can latch onto a host. If you have rugs, fleas and their eggs can be hiding there too.
Fleas in Cracks & Crevices
If you don’t have carpet, your floors could still be infested with fleas. Fleas and their eggs can squeeze into tiny spaces including the cracks in your hardwood or tile flooring. They can also be found hiding in crevices near and on baseboards. Vibrations can cause the eggs to hatch causing larvae to be found in these spots.
Fleas in Pet Bedding
Fleas can be found wherever your pets spend time. Fleas lay eggs at night, so it’s common to find their tiny, white eggs in bedding. As these eggs hatch, the worm-like larvae will emerge and hide in their bed too.
Fleas in Your Bed
Many people enjoy having their furry family member sleep with them. This is great, unless you’re dealing with a flea infestation. Fleas travel with their host, so it’s likely they could be hiding in your bed. They can slip into the crevices of your mattress and your bedding.
Fleas on Furniture
Your bed isn’t the only piece of furniture that could have fleas. Sofas, chairs, and other upholstered furniture can house fleas. Flea pupae have a habit of slipping between cushions and settling down for a while. If your pet likes to nap on the sofa, it’s quite possible fleas are there too.
Fleas in Your Yard
Pets usually encounter fleas outside in your yard. These pests hide in vegetation including shrubs, trees, and organic matter like leaves. They prefer damp and shaded areas. Fleas may also be found in tall grass. Whenever your furry family walks by, they can easily hop onto them.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
Fleas don’t make good house guests, which is why it’s important to know how to get rid of them. Check out a few tips to help you eliminate an infestation.
- Contact Your Veterinarian: Consult with your veterinarian on the best treatment option for your pets. They’ll be able to recommend flea medicine, shampoos, or other solutions to help protect your pets from fleas.
- Bathe Your Pet: Giving your pet regular baths can help with flea problems. Scrubbing them will help to dislodge fleas.
- Wash Pet Bedding: Since fleas can hide in pet bedding, it’s important to wash it. High heat settings can help to remove fleas and eggs.
- Vacuum & Sweep: Vacuuming and sweeping can help to remove fleas from your home. It’s important to seal the bag and place it in a trash can, preferably outdoors.
- Spray Your Yard: Spraying your yard with a plant-based insecticide spray can help with flea problems. Our Yard Bug Spray kills fleas on contact and provides residual repellency helping to prevent future flea infestations.
- Treat Your Home: Our Bed Bug & Flea Killer can be sprayed in infested areas as well as on pet bedding. While it’s great for the spots your pets frequent, it shouldn’t be sprayed on your pet.
Fleas are notorious for driving you and your pets crazy. Taking preventative measures and addressing problem areas will help you keep fleas out of your house. If pests are bugging you, we’re here to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.