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Get Those Fleas Out of Your Home

If your pet has fleas, you have a much larger problem on your hands than you can see. The fleas on your pet are only a small percentage of the fleas that are in your home. Fleas are found in carpet, furniture, bedding, and any other soft material.

Fleas can infest your home quickly because the fleas jump on and off your pet as they move around the house. If you treat your pet for fleas but do nothing for the house, you will still have a flea problem. If you treat your home for fleas but do not treat your pet, your home will become infested with fleas again. You must treat both your pet and your home at the same time to combat a flea infestation.

How Do You Get Rid of Fleas?

First you need to treat your pet.The best way to remove fleas is to first treat your animal. There are many products available including pills or a liquid that goes on the fur. You are then going to want to sweep or vacuum everything in your home.This helps get rid of eggs and larvae. You should do all floors, couches, mattresses, and any cracks that might harbor flea eggs. If you can, you should use a disposable vacuum bag for this. You should also use a steam cleaner on anything that can’t be put in the washing machine. Furniture, mattresses, carpets, and even your pet’s bedding should be cleaned using high heat. The heat destroys fleas and can eliminate the eggs and larvae as well. Next, you will want to wash all of your bedding. Again, this should be done with high heat. The bedding should be washed and dried on the hottest setting. After these steps you will want to treat your home to destroy the remaining fleas. You can treat your home with chemicals but, if you prefer, you can try natural remedies instead. Repeat these steps 3-4 weeks later.There will be eggs and larvae that don’t die during your initial treatment, so you will want to do it all over again after those eggs would have hatched.

Best Stuff to Eliminate Fleas

Vet's Best Flea and Tick Home Spray

  • Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Home Spray destroys fleas, eggs, and larvae so it targets all stages at one time. It can be sprayed on furniture, flooring, bedding, and even directly on your pet. This spray is made of all-natural products, so it is safe for humans and pets. Fleas are eliminated instantly, however.

Aspectek Trapest Sticky Dome Flea Bed Bug Trap

  • Aspectek Trapest Sticky Dome destroys only fleas, not eggs or larvae, but it is very reliable. It has no odor and is safe for humans and animals. This flea trap just needs to be plugged into an outlet and it will light up, attracting fleas because of the warmth.

Hot Shot No-Mess! Fogger

  • Hot Shot No-Mess! Fogger destroys fleas, eggs, and larvae. It will get into cracks and crevices where the fleas may live and will continue assassination bugs for over a month. One can of this should work for 2,000 square feet, so a pretty large area will be covered.

Home Remedies for Destroying Fleas

Dish soap flea trap

  • In a small bowl, mix warm water and dish soap together. Fleas will be attracted to this mixture, and the mixture will eliminate them. Placing a lamp next to the bowl will increase the number of fleas caught, because fleas are attracted to heat as well.

All-natural flea spray

  • Combine vinegar, water, lemon juice, and witch hazel in a large spray bottle. After vacuuming, sweeping, washing bedding and other cloth items, spray this mixture generously everywhere in your home. This is a safe spray, so it can be sprayed on your animal, too, and is a natural remedy for fleas on dogs.

Baking soda

  • This is an easy flea remedy to use in addition to vacuuming. Simply put baking soda generously on your furniture and carpets, rub it in, and then vacuum it up.

Lemon spray

  • Lemon spray not only helps get rid of fleas, it also smells good. To make the spray, thinly slice a lemon and boil it in water. Let the lemon mixture sit overnight, and then put it in a spray bottle. You can spray this anywhere in your home, but make sure you target the problem areas.