Last Updated: July 27, 2018

Fleas get in to the upholstery and carpet of your vehicle when you take your pets for a ride and if you park on a flea infested yard or other area, they can be transported inside the vehicle by a person simply getting in it. These fleas and their eggs can drop off you or your pet, and land on your vehicles upholstery. Getting rid of fleas in your vehicles is a two-step process. First, you must be sure that your car is free of fleas and then rid your pet of these annoying critters. If you do not get rid of the fleas on your pet, then you can re-infest your car all over again.

To aid in keeping your vehicles flea free, vacuum your vehicles carpet and upholstery regularly.
This would ensure that fleas at any stage in their life cycle do not escape. If you resort to soaping or shampooing this is a better idea as soap kills fleas. However, if the flea problem is severe in your vehicle, vacuum cleaning and steam cleaning does not solve the problem entirely. Eggs survive steam cleaning and some larvae escape vacuum cleaning by sticking to carpet fibers, if this is the case, then you must use insecticides.

The same method used for cleaning carpets in the home applies to cars as well. The borate-based desiccants keep away fleas for up to one full year. Apply the powder all over your car’s carpet and upholstery. Do not vacuum; leave it alone for 3-5 weeks. After which you may vacuum to
rid your vehicle from the dead fleas and of course larvae and eggs. At the end of the three weeks, all the fleas will be dead and can easily be vacuumed away. Use a disposable dust bag to collect the dust and dead
fleas and seal it before discarding it in the thrash can outside your home.

The use of natural insecticides like pyrethrum on car carpets is also very effective. Apply the powders as instructed on the label. Let the powder stay for the time mentioned on the label. Then vacuum the carpet
as usual.

To ensure that you keep your vehicles flea free, give your pets a bath with flea shampoo as directed. Use a flea comb regularly to comb the fleas away. Collect the fleas that drop off while combing. Put them in a
bowl of soap and flush the water down the sink. Use desiccants if the flea problem is severe on your pets. You may take your pet to a vet who would prescribe Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) sprays or foggers and
prescription only IGR systemic products. You may also use desiccants: Diatomaceous Earth and Boron. Desiccants are considered effective and inexpensive. Before using them, you should talk with your veterinarian. Be careful when using any insecticides and keep them away from children.

3 thoughts on “Fleas In Vehicles

  1. carolyn doerr Reply

    so should you not use your vehicle while treating it for weeks to avoid transplanting them to other areas like the house, clothes etc?

  2. Andy Reply

    Bomb your car with a foggers and spray a flea spray in the vents and leave till next day but before all this a good hoovering

  3. Trena Reply

    I had a pup that did not have fleas when he left my home,he was transported in a car for 5 days to a different state,after 2 days of arriving to new home ,he is infested with fleas ,how is this possible

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