Steps to Remove Fleas in the Home

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Our pets are members of our families, but sometimes pets unknowingly invite an unwelcome guest to take up residence in our carpets, couches, and corners. Fleas are one of the most annoying insect infestations that can occur in a home. Find out how to get rid of fleas and keep them from coming back.

Rid Pets of Fleas First

The first step to getting fleas out of your home is to treat the cause of the fleas first.

Usually, an infestation occurs because of a pet. Treat your pets for fleas first, including a prevention flea collar or medicine before you go to all the work of ridding your home of fleas.
Controlling Fleas
Fleas and Cats
Give Pets a Flea Bath


Vacuuming is your first, last, and best approach to killing fleas. Vacuuming will kill the major percentage of adult fleas, young fleas, and eggs. Move furniture, and vacuum thoroughly. Don't forget to use your vacuum cleaner attachment to vacuum edges of the room, and hard to reach corners. Be sure to vacuum upholstery, and in the crevices and crannies of your furniture. Remove the bag or dump the bin and throw out the trash when you are finished to be sure anything that you removed will stay gone.

Wash Linens

Using the warmest water that can be tolerated for the clothing, wash any pillows, bedding, or other fabrics that may have been exposed to fleas.

You can use a normal liquid laundry detergent and dry thoroughly.

Vacuum Again

A repeat vacuuming of the carpet, floor, and any other areas will help get rid of any remaining fleas. , Be sure to continue vacuuming thoroughly over the coming days.  Be aware that this will take some daily effort for the foreseeable future to remedy.

What Are Some Home Remedies I Can Try?

Borax has been known to be an effective home remedy. Borax sprinkled over the affected area and then vacuumed away can help to give a speedy death to fleas. Use caution because pets or children who ingest Borax will become ill.  A homemade flea trap can be made by filling a small bowl with water and a few drops of dish soap.  Place the bowl on the floor near a nightlight.  With other lights around off, fleas will jump towards the light landing in the bowl and drowning. After using this method once, I was surprised by how many fleas were in the bowl the next morning.  This can be a good way to know that your other methods are working too.

Consider Hiring Pest Control Help

Chemicals are often my last resort to get rid of pests, but if your infestation is severe, you may need the help of a professional product or pest control service. Be sure to use caution and follow meticulous directions if this type of intervention is needed. Take care to protect your pets and family by thoroughly reading instructions and following them diligently.

What You Need to Remove Fleas

  • Flea Treatment for pets
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing machine
  • Commercial flea products or services