Almost every pet owner will eventually experience the dreaded flea infestation.
Fleas are a natural part of an animal’s life, especially those that venture outdoors, but they can wreak havoc on a household.
Luckily, it’s easy to control a flea outbreak by regularly using your vacuum and properly treating your pets.
Don’t Vacuum Fleas Off Pets
To answer the titular question, no, you shouldn’t vacuum fleas off pets.
Sure, you “can” do this, but it will have a minimal effect on the flea infestation. It can also be unsafe to do to your pets.
Do Vacuum Your Carpet After Flea Infestation
While you shouldn’t vacuum your pets during a flea infestation, it is of utmost importance to vacuum your carpets.
I recommend using a vacuum cleaner designed for pet hair. We recently put together this list of the best vacuums for pet hair 2020 to help you choose.
Pair daily or even twice daily vacuuming with the flea treatment your vet recommends.
Each flea can lay more than 50 eggs per day during an infestation. The majority of these eggs will be laid in your carpets or on your pet.
That’s why it’s so essential to vacuum your carpet several times a day to suction up all of these fleas and their eggs.
Take care to empty the vacuum bag outside, into a sealed plastic bag, and then deposit it into your outdoor garbage can.
Fleas are tricky little buggers and will do all they can to get back inside of your home – so it’s imperative to take the time to dispose of them properly.
Do Take Additional Flea Control Measures
If you have lots of carpeting in your home, consider getting a good pet carpet shampooer. They can deal with stains and pet hair better than the regular carpet cleaning machines.
You should also consult your vet for the best flea treatment for your pet. This often starts with a special flea bath that will remove the fleas from your pet.
Your vet might recommend an additional flea treatment, typically a special medication. The medication serves to kill the fleas before they lay more eggs.
Once again, your best bet is to continue vacuuming your home, both the carpets and all upholstery, on a regular basis while applying your vet-recommended flea treatment to your pet.