Dealing with fleas in your home? Without a great strategy, it can be tricky: once you start finding those annoying fleabites on you, you should treat all areas of your home – bedroom, lounge, kitchen, yard – as a potential hiding place for fleas. And even if you remove the insects, flea larvae and eggs can linger and develop into another wave of pests! Find out how to get rid of fleas in your home with this handy guide.
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How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your House
- If you have a pet, first make sure to quarantine and treat him or her with a flea shampoo. Fleas love to hitch a lift on pets (in fact, they often enter homes this way), so if you continue to let your pet run around untreated, the fleas will spread.
- To tackle fleas, make sure to launder everything at the highest temperature possible – this should be indicated on the wash care label. This means washing all sheets, bedding, pillows (if washable), as well as towels, rugs, curtains, blankets, and removable upholstery covers. (This is a good way to deal with bed bugs, too.) A standard laundry detergent paired with high heat and a deep spin should kill off any fleas – and OMO laundry detergent will offer you a great fresh fragrance. Wash all of your pet’s toys and bedding or throw them away if they’re very soiled.
- Mattresses and rugs should be thoroughly vacuumed on all sides, as well as the bed frame. Vacuum not just the floor, but all nooks and crannies in the room: along the baseboards, in the corners, and behind furniture. Fleas like to hide out in dark, humid places, so use a handheld vacuum cleaner or vacuum cleaner extensions to get into those hard-to-reach spots. Vacuum the surfaces of furniture, too: couches, couch cushions, padded chairs, etc.
- When you’ve thoroughly vacuumed all areas of the house, throw out the vacuum cleaner bag by sealing it inside a plastic bag and putting the rubbish outside. If you don’t get rid of the vacuum bag, the fleas may escape and find their way back into your home.
- While regular vacuuming is the key to removing fleas, you may want to consider hiring a steam-cleaner to steam clean your carpets, mattresses, and cushions. Only a thorough steam cleaning can reach the bottom of the carpet threads, where flea larvae or eggs may be hiding.
- To prevent more fleas from hatching, you should spray an insect growth regulator around your house. A number of commercial insecticides are available, but avoid anything too toxic, as you don’t want to poison your own living space with noxious fumes. Consider investing in an insecticidal shampoo for your carpet.
- Make your own flea traps by filling very shallow pans with water and a dishwashing detergent like SUNLIGHT dishwashing liquid. Lids, saucers or flying discs work well. Place them on the floor around your house under low-hanging light sources. Fleas will be attracted to the light, but will drown in the soapy solution. After a few days, you should see dead fleas in the bowls!
- Fleas need environments with more than 50% humidity, so use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity below this level for at least 48 hours straight within a room.
- Sprinkle fine salt on your carpet and rugs. The salt crystals will attach themselves to the fleas and dry them out. After a week, vacuum the area thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
- Boil a pan of water with sliced lemon, let it cool, and spray this solution around your house once a month, especially in any flea-prone areas. It’ll also add a lemony fragrance to your household.
- Sweep and vacuum your house regularly – every other day, if you are trying to rid your house of fleas. Remember to discard the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and store the rubbish outdoors.
With this guide, you now know how to get rid of fleas in your bed, lounge, and home. The next time your dog tracks fleas into your house, just be thorough and diligent in following our steps, and you’ll be flea-free in no time!