Did you know that your vacuum can harbor fleas and bed bugs? Our Thrasher Termite & Pest Control service technicians often include vacuums in their pest inspections! Think about it, vacuums suck up small particles, including fleas, bed bugs and bug eggs. Vacuums have lots of crevices for bugs and bed bug eggs to hide: the rug beater, the corrugated hose, the filters, the bag or the dirt receptacle.

To prevent spreading fleas or bed bugs, every time you finish vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag and dispose of it in a trash receptacle outdoors. If you have a bagless vacuum, the contents of the canister should be emptied into a trash bag and tied shut. The canister should then be washed to remove any remaining fleas or bed bugs or eggs. Also wash or replace the vacuum filters.

Do you have a housekeeper? Insist that your housekeeper use your vacuum and not bring one in from the outside. After all, you don’t want anyone else’s bugs either.