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How to Get Rid of Fleas In Your House

You neglect cleaning for a day or two and you might have an infestation on your hands. The infestation builds slowly and away from your sight. You only get to know about it when one night you wake up for a glass of water and there you see it in your kitchen, a long line of critters making their way into the cookie jar. It’s really annoying how after a long day of cleanup, you come face to face with this. Such is the problem with fleas. But how do fleas get inside your house?

If you have a pet in your house, then ding, ding, ding! Fleas often piggy back on dogs, cats or any other animal you have in the house. You might have taken your pet to the park where he rolled around in the grass or played with other pets. Any of these sources can be the reason behind those fleas lurking around in your house. For example, if you have a rodent or a wild ferret, they can hide in the ceiling areas or the attic and cause an infestation.

About Fleas

Fleas are wingless, small critters that are 2.5 mm long. There are 2,500 species of fleas and they differ from each other depending on the host they breed on. Their bodies have a reddish brown color and they have a shiny coat. Their body is covered with tiny hairs and is compressed, which allows them to move easily through animal fur. Even though fleas do not have wings, they can jump long distances. The food source of adult fleas is blood, where as the larvae feed on the adult flea’s feces. Fleas commonly feed on animals with abundance of hair, which include rabbits, cats, dogs, squirrels, mice, rats and other domesticated animals.

5 Steps to Get Rid of Fleas in Your House

When you have a flea infestation on your hands, no place is safe from their reach. The larvae and flea eggs hide inside the carpet’s fibers and even in the furniture. In order to get rid of them, you need to follow the trail of the infestation that starts with your pet.

Fleas usually hide in places where there is less foot traffic and sunlight. You can identify a flea’s presence by its feces and dried blood, which looks like small specs of black paper. These can be spotted easily on light colored rugs and near your pet’s bedding.

Here is a five step plan that will help you kill the fleas’ main source and direct you in cleaning the house:

  • Step 1: Start with a Flea Comb

Since the fleas came from your pet, use a flea comb for hairy animals. These flea combs trap the fleas in the teeth, allowing you to kill them easily. Comb around especially the collar and tail. Mix soap and water in a bowl and keep it beside you. Now comb and dip it in the bowl. The soapy water will kill the fleas. If you can’t comb your pet, then another way to get it cleaned is by washing them with hot water and soap.

  • Step 2: De-Clutter the House 

After spotting the areas of the infestation through the signs mentioned above, start by removing all things from the carpet and other areas that come under infestation. Change the positions of heavy furniture so that you can have access to all four corners. Things that haven’t been infested should be  bagged and locked in cabinets.

  • Step 3: Vacuum 

Vacuuming is the easiest and fastest way to kill fleas and suck up all the eggs. Since the larvae is attracted to the adult’s feces, vacuuming will leave no food source for them. Use different types of nozzles and clean every surface such as behind the sofa cushions, in the crevices of furniture, bed frame, mattress, etc. Pay special attention to the carpet. As mentioned earlier, fleas settle deep inside the carpet and by vacuuming, the fibers of the carpet get loose and separated. This opens room for the insecticide to penetrate deeply. In some cases, if there are more adult fleas, steam cleaning is required, which kills them and the larvae instantly.

  • Step 4: Sprinkle Flea Powder

The best thing about flea powder is that it’s harmless. You can use it on the entire house and your pet. Wear a mask and sprinkle the flea powder in all the infested areas. Next, sprinkle some on your dog and brush it in with the comb. Leave it on for a week or so and then give your dog a bath. The flea powder can be vacuumed after a week and then reapply it again after a week’s rest.

  • Step 5: Use an Aerosol Insecticide Spray

An aerosol insecticide spray penetrates the surface deeply and kills the eggs as well as adults. You can use sprays such as Novacide Flea and Tick Killer to spray on the floors and in every crack and crevice. Once the spray has dried, you can vacuum up the remains of the fleas and the spray residue.

A single flea lays about 50 eggs in a day, which means you cannot let a single day go by without cleaning, if you want to get rid of them permanently. Try these five tips and make sure you take extra precaution when using the aerosol sprays. When using flea powder, close the house for a week to let the powder work fully.

Conclusion

To assist you in your flea-killing quest, we highly recommend ordering the Solutions Guaranteed Flea Control Kit. This contains all the products necessary for successful flea control, such as Novacide. There are also other products we have available on our website that can aid you in removing fleas from your pets.

For more helpful DIY pest control advice, call us at 800-479-6583, shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com or start a live chat with us by clicking the appropriate link on the left side of our website.




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