Furniture is one major host for adult fleas, eggs and larvae, as dogs often sit on sofas and chairs, and cats love to sit, walk and sleep on furniture. Your best chance for success is to act as soon as you spot the first flea. |
Vacuuming daily is the first option for getting rid of fleas in furniture. When vacuuming, remove all of the couch and chair cushions and vacuum them as well as under them. Try to vacuum all the inaccessible areas of the furniture, and do not forget the areas underneath, using a good quality suction vacuum cleaner.
Cleaning furniture with soap and water comes as next. A good quality detergent would kill fleas, however, this does not solve the problem totally, since eggs and larvae hide in inaccessible areas.Cleaning furniture with soap and water comes as next. A good quality detergent would kill fleas, however, this does not solve the problem totally, since eggs and larvae hide in inaccessible areas.
By dusting food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) on carpets and upholstered furniture, you can safely kill fleas without exposing yourself or your pet to poisonous chemicals. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) all over the furniture, using a protective mask and goggles before spraying the dust. Make sure you blow the (DE) dust in to crevices and cracks in the furniture. Let the powder remain for a day or two and then follow up with vacuuming to remove the dead fleas from the furniture. Seal the disposable vacuum dust bag and dispose it in the thrash can out side your home. Remember, to take the dust bag outside, if any fleas are still alive they may find a way out of the bag and back onto your carpet or furniture.
The best method of removing fleas from furniture is to combine an adulticide that kills the adult fleas and an insect development inhibitor (IDI). Killing the adult fleas should be combined with insect development inhibitor that stops the egg, pupae and larvae from developing into the next stage of growth. Use insect growth regulators (IGRs). These have a long residual life and are very effective in killing flea larvae for effective flea control. In case of using sprays, wait until the sprays are completely dry before using the furniture. It is best to avoid using the furniture until they are vacuumed.
Therefore, the bottom line is to use spray or dust insecticide that kills the adult flea as well as eggs, pupae and larvae. Combine adulticides with IGRs or IDIs. To rid the infestation of fleas in your furniture, follow it up with daily vacuuming.
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