Fleas are a common part of life in many areas of the world. Anytime we venture out into the wild we may be exposed to them. From encounters with brush, wild animals, pets, and other places where fleas may be residing we too can become a carrier for them. When we are, then we have the misfortune of bringing them inside our homes and having a need to get rid of them.
We know that we have to use measures to clean them from our bodies, clothes and pets. However, there is a major part of our home we often forget when it comes to fleas. Carpeting and other flooring are great places for fleas to hide and escape our attempts to rid them. If you have a flea infestation, you’ll need one of the best vacuums for fleas to rid them from your floors.
Here’s a selection of the vacuums we looked at to help with the task of ridding your home of these nasty little biting bugs:
Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E
Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner, 3684F
Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum UH70210
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1
Dyson is well known for their ball type vacuum cleaners, and this entry is one of those style. The Dyson Ball helps swivel the cleaner head in almost any direction so that you can reach areas easier and without as much maneuvering. This Dyson vacuum also has an active base plate, which means it detects the type of floor you’re using it on and adjusts the height accordingly, so it’s always set to the optimum position.
This model is a bagless cleaner, which means it collects dirt into a plastic chamber that is removed and emptied.
Bagless vacuums save costs as bags are always purchased separately, adding more to what is needed to be spent.
The DC41 includes several attachments and an extendable wand on a four foot hose. These tools make it easier to clean in corners, along baseboards and on stairs. The vacuum also has a 35 foot cord that makes cleaning several rooms in one pass quick and easy.
The drawbacks we noticed were that the wand doesn’t have a comfortable handle, making it difficult to hold at times. Dislodging the catch that holds the vacuum upright is difficult as well. There’s no button or switch to change the position, you just yank on the handle to pull it down, which feels like it could damage the vacuum over time.
Built for use on bare floors and carpeting, the NV356E is a lightweight upright that comes with a lot of power. Built with a HEPA filter, this vacuum is designed to trap dust and allergens without fail. The power combined with the HEPA filter ensure that if you have a flea problem, they won’t escape this tool.
Built for use on bare floors and carpeting, the NV356E is a lightweight upright that comes with a lot of power.
Built with a HEPA filter, this vacuum is designed to trap dust and allergens without fail. The power combined with the HEPA filter ensure that if you have a flea problem, they won’t escape this tool.
One of the most notable features of this vacuum is the lift-away feature. By pressing a button, the user can separate the vacuum head from the canister, while still in use, so that the head can reach into difficult spaces more easily.
One of the accessories that’s included is the pet power brush, a tool included with several models that is specifically designed to remove pet hair from upholstery and other areas. This is a big benefit when it comes to cleaning parts of the home where pets may track pests in along with their hair.
Another feature that is home friendly is the brushroll shut off. Being able to turn the brushroll on and off makes it easier to switch from bare floors to carpet and back again. Vacuuming bare floors is more effective when the brush is not spinning.
The biggest issue we had was with the high pitch whine the vacuum makes, rather than just a growl, the noise level is more annoying than other vacuums.
This is one of the lightest vacuums we used, and the mobility of a canister vacuum can’t be beat by an upright. With the long hose and want separating the head of the vacuum from the canister body for all uses, that means you can reach anywhere the entire time it’s in use.
Eureka built this vacuum with a HEPA filter as well as being a bagged version. While that makes it better for catching dust and allergens, it does mean you’ll have additional costs in replacing bags when they wear out.
The good thing is the bags for this canister vacuum are reusable after being emptied, so they can last much longer depending on how much they are expected to pick up.
For cleaning curtains and upholstery, this vacuum was the easiest to use that we reviewed. The lightweight wand always being in your hand as you vacuum means it is always ready to clean furniture and drapes.
Hoover added as many user friendly features to this vacuum as they could fit. It is a bagless vacuum that includes multiple accessories to handle as many surfaces and tight spaces as possible. The best accessory for pet owners is the pet hair removal tool. It removes embedded hair from furniture better than other hand held attachments.
It also features an automatic cord return, where it winds the cord inside the vacuum itself. This saves time from having to hand wind or coil the cord after use.
Along with a foot pedal for the cord return, there is a foot pedal that stops the brushroll as well. Turning off the brushroll makes this vacuum ideal for cleaning bare floors easier.
Hoover also added a system check light which lets the user know when the canister is full and needs emptied. Checking the lights before use will ensure the canister never gets too full, and it also tells you when filters need changed too.
If you’re looking for a smaller vacuum than the full canister or upright vacuums above, then this is the vacuum for you. While this vacuum is not designed for full floor cleaning, it’s great for upholstery, stairs and vehicle interiors. If you let your pets ride in the car, this is one of the best vacuums for trapping hair and pests that they leave behind.
Featuring HEPA filtration to ensure dust and allergens stay trapped, the strong power of this little vacuum makes sure whatever it picks up stays picked up. It’s easy to carry and hold thanks to the ergonomic handle. It uses a bagless, cyclonic system to pick up and hold dirt.
This style of vacuum does not use a brushroll, so while it’s great on hard surfaces and furniture fabrics, it has a tougher time removing dirt from carpeting. When used on carpeted stairs, the vacuum did still function well, just not as well as some of the other models with brush attachments.
Most vacuums are tools that will be used year round, and for any type of cleanup necessary. That means that while you may need something for flea control now, you won’t need it for that later. That’s why it’s rare to see much information directly in the product information about flea removal. Since there may not be much information in regards to that, here are some things to look for that indicate how well the vacuum will do for what you need.
The better the filter and the dirt collection process the vacuum has, the more likely it will hold other pests as well. While bagless models are cheaper in the long run, sometimes those bags work better at holding in dirt and dust. Make sure that the vacuum you choose has a well sealed canister if it’s a bagless version. If it uses a HEPA filter that is a strong indication that it will provide the containment you need as well.
To know what size of vacuum you need, you have to think about the size of the space it will be used in. Larger vacuums can usually hold more, and work longer, meaning they are better for big homes and apartments. Smaller vacuums, like the handheld Bissell reviewed above, are good for spot cleaning or for small portions of a home. Storage space is another factor when it comes to vacuums, as bigger models need more space to be put away in. If you have just a small studio apartment, you don’t want the vacuum taking up space that could be better used for other things.
Many of the vacuums we reviewed were specifically made to be used on different types of surfaces without struggling. This is important when it comes to flea control because most homes have more than one type of floor surface within them. Whether it’s carpeted, hardwood, linoleum, tile or any other surface, fleas can hide out on any of them. If there is hair piled up somewhere then that’s a likely spot they may still be hanging out. If your home has more than one type of flooring, be certain you get a vacuum that can handle each different type, or you’ll be missing some important areas.
This again depends on your home and lifestyle as to what kinds of tools you’ll need with the vacuum. If you have lots of furniture, hard to reach spaces, pets and or other unique items to deal with, then you’ll want more tools for those individual purposes. If you’re home is more simple, and it’s unlikely you’d need the extra tools, then you may want to go with a vacuum that is more cost effective by leaving the accessories out. Usually, when it comes to flea control, it’s because a person or family has pets that the fleas come into the home. Most of the best vacuums for fleas will include pet attachments or be specifically made with pets in mind.
When it comes to choosing the best vacuum for fleas from those that we saw and reviewed, there is one that stands out the most. After looking at power, total cost, accessories, dirt containment and versatility, the Dyson DC41 was what we were looking for.
While the Dyson met the most wanted aspects we were looking for, it still had it’s detractions. For some, it may not be the right fit, so it’s important to look through all of the reviews and check out each vacuum individually to see if what you’re getting is right for you. Please check out the included links for each vacuum, and see what else they have to offer.
I have a passion for clean floors and living areas, so it is no surprise that I know a lot about vacuum cleaners and how to clean different surfaces. Sharing this knowledge gives me a lot of pleasure which is why I started this blog and I hope everyone who needs help will find the help they are looking for here.