Given the right conditions, your worst flea nightmare can happen. These insects can get into your house and mind you, it is not just a single flea but several of them. Things are further exacerbated when they end up in different parts of your home. So, the million dollar question now is, can fleas live in leather furniture?
Do fleas live in leather furniture?
In case you don’t know it yet, adult fleas are not that comfortable of being out in the open. This means that yes, they can end living in your leather furniture. But, if it is any consolation for you, the good news is that these pesky pests won’t last that long in your precious leather furniture.
Furniture is among the major hiding spots for adult fleas, larvae, and eggs because dogs usually sit on chairs and sofas while cat love to sleep, sit, and walk on them. However, one important thing to remember is that these insects don’t necessarily live right on top of your leather furniture. Instead, they thrive inside the cushions, in the cracks, and of course, in the carpet under your furniture pieces.
Adult fleas can never survive very long if they don’t have an animal host. However, larvae and flea eggs can live for several months between floorboards, in carpets, and possibly even down the cracks of your leather furniture. In case you suspect that you are dealing with a flea infestation in your home, make sure that you treat not only your leather furniture but all of your furniture with a flea spray and vacuum cleaner.
Can fleas live in my leather sofa?
If you are wondering if fleas can live in your leather sofa, the answer is no and yes. Think of it this way. Cats and dogs spend a lot of their time around or furniture. The fleas themselves depend on the host to live while the pets end up dispersing the flea eggs every time they are on the move.
No matter where your furry babies decide to share their fur, you can pretty much expect that the flea eggs will land right on that very spot. A bed, the carpet, a chair, and the sofa are all of the possible spots where flea eggs coming from your infested pet can land and develop into larvae.
The furniture you have at home is the perfect real estate for both larvae and eggs before they mature and become adult fleas although the adults don’t stay outside their cocoon for much longer than just a short moment. These adult fleas will emerge from their cocoon only when they sense a thermal change in the air that is created by a potential host.
Will vinegar kills fleas on furniture?
Yes, vinegar is a great option you can consider if you want to kill fleas on your furniture but you don’t like the thought of using those chemical-based flea sprays and collars.
Vinegar is environmentally friendly and fragrance-free. It is also chemical-free and natural and is safe for children and pets alike. You can even use it to soothe flea bites on your pet.
Just like most pests, fleas don’t like the taste and smell of vinegar so they will try their best to stay away from it as much as possible. This is the very reason why this is the best ingredient you can use for making flea spray.
You can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar for your homemade flea spray. Both works fine for killing off fleas. All you have to do is dilute the vinegar in water. You can mix either equal parts of water and vinegar or three parts water and one part vinegar. Experiment with the two formulas to find the right one for you.
To apply this vinegar solution, you can use a clean spray bottle that wasn’t used for any other chemicals before. You can also apply this by dipping a cloth in the solution. The solution can also be used on carpets and beddings as preventative measure.
Flea treatment for furniture
The best way to remove fleas from your furniture is to mix an IDI or insect development inhibitor that stops the larvae, pupae, and egg from developing to next growth stage, and an adulticide that can kill adult fleas.
You can also use IGRs or insect growth regulators that have long residual life and proven effective when it comes to killing off flea larvae. If you will use sprays, you should wait until the spray has completely dried out before you use your furniture. Don’t use the furniture until you vacuumed it.
Vacuuming every day is also one of the first steps for flea treatment for furniture. Do this by removing the chair and couch cushions. Vacuum these and even the spot under them. Use a top quality suction vacuum cleaner and vacuum all inaccessible parts of the furniture and the areas underneath.
Clean your furniture with water and soap. While you can kill fleas using a top quality detergent, this won’t completely solve the issue because larvae and eggs can still hide in the inaccessible places.
You can also sprinkle some diatomaceous earth all over your furniture. Just make sure you wear your protective goggles and mask before you spray the dust. Don’t forget to blow it into cracks and crevices in your furniture. Allow it to stay there for one to two days and follow it up with a good vacuuming to get rid of lifeless fleas from your furniture. Be sure to throw away the dust bag outside to ensure that the living fleas won’t crawl out the bag to return to your furniture or carpet.
What to spray on furniture to kill fleas
You can use herbal flea sprays on your furniture to kill off fleas. It is a natural flea remedy made using nontoxic products available in your house that makes it ideal to use even around children and pets.
To prepare this spray, mix 44 liters vinegar, 2 liters water, 500 ml lemon juice and 250 ml witch hazel, in a large spray bottle. Prior to using it around your house, be sure to vacuum the area properly, empty the contents in a trash bin outside, and wash any potentially infested cushions or bedding. Once you are done with this, you can then use the natural flea spray on your furniture, carpets, floors, window sills, and pet bedding. Other types of flea spray you can try are those made from cedar oil and lavender oil, and lemon. These are all natural and won’t harm your furniture as well as kids and pets.
We strongly recommend you read our previous guide, what are the pros and cons of leather furniture before you decide is it leather furniture suit you or not.