So how on earth do you have fleas if you have no pets? Well it happens simply by you or someone you know being the mode of transport. Yes – they attach to humans and set up shop in your carpets. What can you do……?
Declare War On Fleas
Are your carpets soiled? If so get them cleaned. This will remove some of the fleas and eggs. Make sure the carpet cleaning company use high heat and preferably a truck-mount system.
Vacuum your carpets! I can’t stress this enough. Vacuuming removes eggs and some of the fleas. Empty your vacuum cleaner outside and if it has a bag then chuck it away!
Insecticides. Treat the carpets with a professional insecticide or the strongest that you can legally purchase. Re-treat after 2 weeks. That part is crucial.
Borax (also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate). Is a safe way to KILL fleas in your carpets. It does not kill eggs. It is fairly inexpensive. Sprinkle on the carpet, like talcum powder, and leave over night. Vacuum away. Make sure you cover the carpet evenly with Borax and brush in if possible. Repeat if necessary – but trust me it will work.
Clothing & textiles. Wash any clothing or textiles that has fleas. A hot wash will kill the fleas.
General Cleaning. A clean house and floors are not suitable for fleas to set up home. They like a bit of dirt.
Flea cross contamination. If you come into contact with fleas, in other homes or locations and on a regular basis, then use a flea repellent. This will stop you importing them into your home. It may be a pain to do this but if the fleas are attracted to you then a repellent is a deterrent.
Do You Have a Flea infestation?
My advise is if fleas are taking over, and you have no pets, then insecticide is the way to go. Do not vacuum for 2 weeks after the first spray. Do another spray and leave for 2 weeks without vacuuming. This should solve your problem. DIY spraying is not hard but please take precautions and follow instructions.
If your flea problem is not that bad then vacuuming and Borax will most defiantly work. Maybe think about cleaning your carpets first. Carpet cleaning alone will not normally solve a flea problem, but in conjunction with other treatments is recommended.
Become a flea detective and investigate how they are entering your home. Find the areas that they are inhabiting and attack! Good luck and happy hunting.