How to Get Rid of Fleas From Your Car

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How to Get Rid of Fleas From Your Car

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"Killing adult fleas is not enough to get rid of fleas from your car. The majority of a flea infestation are eggs and larvae so if you kill the adults, within a week or so, the next generation will arrive. This is why Novacide applications are so essential because the product has a long residual."

How to Get Rid of Fleas From Your Car

This page is an expert guide on getting rid of fleas from your car using the products and methods suggested by our experienced pest control specialists. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee you will be successful in ridding your car of fleas.

A flea infestation in your home can be irritating but if it extends to your car, it can be especially unpleasant. Fleas enter your car usually the same way they enter your house, but you may suffer from their bite a lot more in cars than inside your home.

But how do these tiny jumping creatures get inside your car? Most commonly, the flea infestation in the car is the result of taking your pet on a ride while they are infested by fleas and the fleas transfer onto the carpeting of your car.

No matter how fleas have made their way into your car, their presence is unacceptable and can make traveling in your car feel like torture for all riders. In this guide, we will share with you our expert tips and professional product recommendations to rid your car of fleas effectively.


Flea ID

Before you can carry out a treatment program, you need to first be sure it is fleas you are dealing with. Careless identification can lead to using the wrong treatment products, which can be a waste of time and money. Below is a list of facts and defining characteristics of fleas to help you with identification.

  • Fleas are a tiny parasite who feed on blood. They can survive on every warm-blooded living being but prefer humans and pets like dogs, cats, rats, and others. However, in some cases, you may also find them on pants, shoes or even blankets.
  • Fleas have flat bodies that are reddish-brown, three pairs of legs and no wings.
  • While they are unable to fly, they are able to jump and do so readily to get onto a host to feed on. They can jump over a foot high which is around 150 times more than their own height.

Use the image and description above to help you in properly identifying fleas in your car. If you are not entirely sure, contact us and one of our pros will assist you with correct identification.


Flea dirt

Once you have confirmed that you are dealing with fleas, you can then move on with inspection. During this phase, you will locate the areas where fleas are active and pinpoint the reasons they may have gained access to your car. This will help you to determine where to focus your treatment applications.

Where to Inspect

In your car you should focus your flea hunt on the seats and carpeted floors. If you have large cargo space, check there as well.

What To Look For

Check for live fleas in your car and flea dirt or flea droppings. These will look like pepper stains on your car upholstery. Guage whether you have a significant infestation with these signs.


Once you have confirmation of fleas in your car and have an idea of how severe of an issue it is, you can move forward with treatment. For treating your car, it's important to not just address adult fleas, but also flea eggs and larvae.

Flea adults are the smallest segment of the flea infestation and they will have laid eggs in the fibers of the car floor carpeting. The best option we have to eliminate fleas in cars is a combination of vacuuming and Novacide Flea & Tick Killer.

Step 1: Vacuum Your Car Interior

vacuuming the car

Vacuum cleaning your car is an important first step to addressing the flea population. A powerful vacuum cleaner will suck up flea adults, eggs and larvae and loosen eggs that have been stuck in crevices in your car.

Vacuuming also helps to stimulate flea pupae and fleas from emerging out of their cocoons so they become more susceptible to insecticide treatments. When you have a severe infestation, we recommend vacuuming daily until you experience no more itching from flea bites.

Step 2: Apply Novacide

Car novacide application

Novacide Flea & Tick Killer is a combination insecticide in that it kills adult fleas but also contains an IGR (insect growth regulator) that disrupts the reproductive cycle of fleas, causing eggs to be unable to hatch and develop. Novacide also sterilizing adult fleas so they can't lay any more eggs. If you have a significant outbreak of fleas in your car, spraying Novacide on your car's floors and seats will do a great job in wiping out the infestation and making sure it doesn't continue to grow.

With all your car doors open and windows down, spray the Novacide in a downward sweeping motion onto the seats and the car flooring. You only need to spray a light mist; don't spray to wet or saturate the seats and carpet.

Afterward, you will need to let the car ventilate and do not drive it until the product has totally dried and the fumes have dissipated.10 to 14 days later, vacuum your car and reapply Novacide to target the fleas that have emerged from their cocoons.

It is recommended to avoid spraying Novacide on leather upholstery so if you have leather seats, you will not want to apply this product but instead, focus on spraying car carpeting and non-leather areas and vacuuming the seams and grooves of the seating very well.


Petcor Flea Spray

After eliminating the flea problem from your car, you will want to make sure they don't make a return. The biggest source of flea infestation inside cars is flea-ridden pets. Take the following preventative measures to ensure you don't deal with fleas in your car again.

  • Make sure your pets are free from fleas so that the pest does not get transferred to your car from their bodies.
  • Apart from washing your pets, one way to keep them flea-free is to use chewable or topical flea repellants that contain insecticides or use a product like Petcor Flea Spray to spray on their bodies, especially after they have been outdoors.
  • Vacuum your car periodically and you should not have a flea problem in your vehicle ever again.

Key Takeaways

How Do Fleas Infest Cars?

  • Fleas can infest a car and make life difficult for passengers. The main reason they infest a car is a flea-infested pet riding in the vehicle.

How To Get Rid of Fleas in Cars

  • We recommend spraying Novacide Flea & Tick Killer to eliminate the flea problem in your vehicle because it addresses adult fleas, larvae and eggs and has a long residual.

Preventing Flea Reinfestations In Cars

  • Vacuuming your car and making sure your pets do not have fleas on them with treatments like Petcor Flea Spray will ensure your car is not re-infested with fleas.
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