Can Fleas Live on Hard Surfaces?
Yes, a flea can live on hard surfaces.
Fleas are known to live for up to 100 days without food. They can hide in cracks, crevices, and other hard places. However, females can’t lay eggs until they have their first blood meal. 95% of fleas live as eggs, larvae, and pupae and live comfortably on hard surfaces. They enter your house through a pet and settle on several surfaces near the host to access blood. Pet beds, furniture, and carpets are their favorite spots. Some go to cracks on the floor, chairs, tables, and beds.
The life cycle of a flea completes in about 2-3 weeks. However, the cycle can take six months when there’s no food source. Breaking the cycle will reduce infestation.
Use diatomaceous earth to kill fleas on hard surfaces. Leave a layer of a food-grade diatomaceous powder on all surfaces for about two days, then vacuum thoroughly. You can use hydrating agents like salt and baking soda in place of diatomaceous earth powder. You should rub the fabric with a stiff brush before vacuuming.
Prevent re-infestation with natural repellents. You can make some at home using rosemary, peppermint, wormwood, rue, and fennel herbs powder. Sprinkle indoors and outdoors. Plant chrysanthemums, spearmint, penny Royal, and lavender as they have flea repellent qualities.