Does Vacuuming do any good for treating fleas?

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Dr. Debra – does vacuuming help with a flea infestation?

Sarah S.

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Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking if vacuuming your home can help you to deal with a flea problem. The answer is yes. In fact, the publication for veterinarians called Veterinary Practice News published an article called "Vacuuming Sucks for Fleas" February 08 that gave information about vacuums and fleas based on research at Ohio State University.

They wrote that 96% of adult fleas and 100% of young fleas were destroyed after passing through the vacuum. The vacuum is essentially a one-way trip for fleas.

I'd recommend using vacuuming with other flea control methods but vacuuming does help.

An article that might be helpful to you is Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking if vacuuming your home can help you to deal with a flea problem. The answer is yes. In fact, the publication for veterinarians called Veterinary Practice News published an article called "Vacuuming Sucks for Fleas" February 08 that gave information about vacuums and fleas based on research at Ohio State University.

They wrote that 96% of adult fleas and 100% of young fleas were destroyed after passing through the vacuum. The vacuum is essentially a one-way trip for fleas.

I'd recommend using vacuuming with other flea control methods but vacuuming does help.

An article that might be helpful to you is Flea Infestation in Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra



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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.