How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home

A flea infestation is a nasty problem for everyone in your household. Fleas are voracious and persistent parasites who will feed on every red-blooded mammal in your home – including humans. Fleas are also notoriously difficult to get rid of once they’ve infested your home, as they spread and multiply rapidly. To permanently rid your pet and home of these bothersome pests, you need to act quickly and decisively.

The problem begins with some scratching here and there. Maybe you spot some tiny black specks around the house that you might’ve missed before. Before you know it, it’s confirmed…your pet has fleas!

Don’t let fleas take over your home. Follow these steps and remedies to get rid of fleas fast.

Steps

🔸 Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum

Vacuum all the floors, carpets, rugs and sofas regularly and thoroughly. Remember to empty your vacuum cleaner and dispose of the bag after each use to prevent eggs from hatching inside, which can lead to another flea infestation in the future. Continue to vacuum at least every other day for three to eight weeks.

🔸 Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest wash setting

Wash your pet(s) bedding with very hot water to kill any remaining eggs or larvae. Continue rewashing the bedding in hot water at least once a week for three to eight weeks. Put it in a dryer on a hot setting, if possible. If it’s above freezing, you could also dry the bedding outside in direct sunlight. If your pet sleeps in or on your bed, make sure you wash all your linens and blankets as well.

🔸 Flea foggers and sprays

Flea foggers or sprays approved by veterinarians should be used throughout your house to repel fleas. Make sure to follow the instructions and thoroughly treat your pet’s favourite haunts. Read the label and instructions to keep your pets safe from any potentially harmful chemicals while you treat your home. The pupae stage of the flea (the stage just before fleas become adults) are notoriously hard to kill. It is recommended you vacuum before using any chemicals, to stimulate the pupae to hatch, so the adults can be exposed to the chemicals and killed.

Best home remedies to remove fleas

🔵 Washing Up Liquid

This home flea remedy involves creating a flea trap using washing up liquid and some water. Fill a plate or bowl with a mixture of warm water and dish soap and place it in the rooms of your house which receive the most flea activity. Place a table lamp or desk light above the plate, so that light is shining on it.
Do not allow the cord of the lamp or the lamp itself to touch the water. Make sure the lamp is set far away from flammable items, such as curtains.

Adult fleas attracted to the light will leap into the dish.

The ‘old wives tale’ says that the water and dish soap solutions act as a glue, trapping the fleas due to the high viscosity of the solution. You should repeat this method with a fresh batch every day. For this flea home remedy to work effectively the ‘old wives tale’ says it should be conducted at night time.

⚪ Diatomaceous Earth

Using diatomaceous earth to treat a flea problem is one of the few ‘home remedies’ that has some substance behind it.

Diatomaceous earth is the microscopic remains of fossilized algae, diatoms. It’s a very fine powder, which is non-toxic to humans and is a great natural remedy to get rid of fleas as it causes dehydration.You should sprinkle the powder over areas you suspect have high flea activity, applying thin layers. Leave the diatomaceous earth for 2 days then vacuum promptly, following the necessary flea prevention tips afterwards.
Proceed with caution!
It is important to be aware that if using diatomaceous earth as a natural flea remedy you should use the food grade option. Although it is non-toxic, the nature of the powder can get messy and irritate your eyes and throat. When using diatomaceous earth to treat your home it is advised that you wear a face mask and gloves.

Preventing fleas

The best way to keep your pet and home flea-free is to establish a regular parasite control program for your pet. By maintaining an effective year-round preventative treatment and always being diligent in observing for signs of fleas, you’ll have a much better chance of preventing fleas from coming back.

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