February 2, 2010 7:18 AM Subscribe
How do we ensure that a flea-ridden carpet leaves no pestilence behind?
posted by Go Banana to home & garden (14 answers total)
Our house was inhabited solely by a flea-ridden outdoor cat for two months before we bought it, and unbeknownst to us the carpet in the basement family room was completely infested with fleas. We moved in over the winter and had no idea until August, when an extended period of heat and humidity caused left-over flea eggs to "pop". This resulted in our unsuspecting indoor cat being afflicted with a monumental case of fleas. We treated her with Advantix and all was well, but we want to replace the carpet before spring and make sure that there are no lingering flea eggs.
The basement floor is plywood, and is located about four feet above a dirt crawl space. We plan on ripping out all traces of old carpet and underpadding, and replacing with new carpet and pad (sadly hardwood is not an option as it would be awfully cold on the feet).
What else should we do to ensure that all fleas are gone? Do we need to treat the wood floor with something before the new carpet goes on? We'd like to avoid mass quantities of noxious chemicals if possible to protect Go Banana Jr.