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How to Get Rid of Fleas In Your Home

Fleas are one of the more common household pests that you can encounter. These itchy critters are usually associated with pets such as dogs and cats, and often attach themselves to these animals when they are outside exploring. Once they hop on board of your pet, they will gain access into your home and that’s when you will have an infestation on your hands.

These parasitic insects survive by biting and feeding on the blood of both the animals in the house and the humans. Their bites can leave red welts and are extremely itchy. Often times, you can be getting bit over and over and not be able to catch the flea or tick because they are so mobile and tiny. With this in mind, getting rid of fleas should be a top priority if your home comes down with an infestation.

Dealing with fleas comes with the territory of being a pet owner, but they are not necessarily just an irritation for those who have pets. Homeowners with flea problems may simply be dealing with the leftovers from a dead rodent or other intruder.

The great thing about Solutions Pest & Lawn is that we have your back when it comes to eliminating your flea control problems once and for all. We offer the largest selection of professional flea control solutions for any size job. Whether you are a homeowner, pest control professional or a property management company, we can assist you in selecting the right products and teach you how to treat for fleas like a pro.

Flea Control In The Home Starts With A Good Inspection

If you suspect that you have flea problem there are three main places to check: on your pet, inside of your home and outdoors where your pet commonly spends its time. While it isn’t the only way to get a flea invasion in your home, fleas often gain access into a home by hitching a ride onto your pets.

By finding out where these fleas are located you can then use the right method of product to deal with the infestation and focus in on the problem areas.

1. Checking Your Pet

If your Pet is scratching frequently and is more restless and irritable or is starting to lose hair or acting as if he or she is trying to shake something off, that is the first sign that your pet has fleas. There are a number of things you can do to confirm that fleas are on your pets body, hiding deep in their coat of fur. This step can be quite challenging especially if your pet is more dark colored or had long fur. We suggest using a flea comb to comb through your pet’s hair. Fleas can typically be found around the neck area, groin area, around leg folds and around the base of the tail. Any fleas found can be disposed of by putting them in soapy water. For a more detailed guide on how to thoroughly inspect your pet, please refer to our article “How to Inspect Your Pets For Fleas”

2. Inspect Your Home

After you’ve combed through your pet, it’s time to comb through your home. Fleas in the house is not a pleasant experience. They often hang around the areas where you sleep or when you’re lounging around on the couch and begin biting you, making people erroneously believe that they have a bed bug problem or mosquitoes. Inspecting your home as soon as you realize you have them is important. Fleas are commonly found in bedding (this usually makes them mistaken with bed bugs), your pets sleeping areas, the carpeting or on upholstered furniture. You can also check door frames, bedding and baseboards to see if ticks are residing in and cracks or crevices.

Look around the area’s that are typically frequented by your pet, jumping on and off a bed is usually a easy place to spot them. For a more detailed guide on how to thoroughly inspect your home and the steps to take, check out our article “How To Inspect Your Home For Fleas”

3. Inspect your Yard Outdoors

If you have found fleas or ticks on your pet it’s highly likely that you may have an outbreak in your yard. If you can pinpoint where the fleas and ticks are residing outside, you can then spot treat those areas with the proper control equipment. Anywhere your pet spends most of his time outdoors should be a start for your outdoor inspection.

A helpful tip is to wear long white socks as you move about your yard during the inspection. Shuffle your feet in target areas and then shine a light on your socks to check for fleas or ticks as they will be more easily visible on white socks. 

Shaded areas will be where the highest amount of fleas will be located, under trees, porches, etc. You can find more helpful inspection tips on how to scan your yard for fleas by accessing the article “How to Inspect Your Home for Fleas”

Carry Out Flea Control In Your Home

Once you’ve performed a respectable inspection job in your home, you can then move on to  treating with the proper professional flea control products. We highly advise against using DIY home remedies you find online. This are often hit or miss and are not consistent.

The idea may be to try and save money but if you really want to be serious about getting rid of a flea infestation, you have to break out the big guns and do it right the first time with professional quality products which we have in stock here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. The products we carry have been tested and proven to eliminate even the most stubborn of fleas.

Before you break out the professional products and begin applying them around your home, you want to first treat your pet. Once the pet is treated then you can move onto your home and yard. Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn we have a number of different treatment methods to choose from to treat your pet, from flea sprays, to flea dips and spot treatment drops. Check out our guide on “How to Treat Your Pets for Fleas” to get a detailed step-by-step instruction on how to use each of our flea control product recommendations.

Step 1: Clean Up And Sanitize Your Home

Cleaning your home is a very important step to eradicating a flea problem. Fleas lay lots of eggs and a prime place to lay the eggs is usually deep in the carpeting. Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping help get the flea eggs, larvae, and pupae out of your carpets, upholstery, tile, and wood floors.

  • We recommend tossing away your vacuum bag immediately after vacuuming. Flea pupae might hatch inside the bag from the vibrations your vacuum causes. If you have a vacuum that doesn't have a bag, clean the canister with hot soapy water immediately after you’re finished.

  • On floors and hard surfaces, make sure to sweep and mop as well. Fleas love dark secluded areas to hide in so also clean over your baseboards as they are known to reside there.

  • Wash your pet's bedding areas and pet crates. Fleas love to be in close quarters with your pet if they are not on the pet itself so they can can conveniently feed on their blood when they are hungry.

  • Wash your pet's toys - Fleas and eggs will hide in your pet's toys. If you can't wash one of your pet's toys, it is best to throw it out. You should also toss any clothing or sheets that you suspect have fleas in the washer on high heat to kill the fleas.

Step 2: Chemical Control

We recommend you use at least two products to control fleas as one product may not be enough to eliminate a flea infestation. The two chemicals that are most effective in eliminating an indoor flea infestation is a contact insecticide spray and an an IGR (insect growth regulator). Luckily you can get both of these in one product, an aerosol spray called Novacide Flea & Tick Killer.

Apply Novacide to all of the areas that you suspect may have flea activity. Here are some common areas:

    • pet beds and resting areas

    • Carpets and rugs

    • nearby cracks and crevices

    • along and behind baseboards

    • window and door frames

    • localized areas of floor and floor coverings where fleas may be present.

    • Spray around the bottom of furniture and under furniture


You may need to perform repeat applications of the product in those same areas every couple of days combined with daily vacuuming for at least two weeks to make sure that all the remaining fleas and the eggs they have laid have been sucked up and removed from the home.

Step 3: Do Follow-Up Treatments and Be Patient.

Unfortunately, total control of fleas is not a instant process even with the best flea control products at your disposal. Typically, a flea infestation indoors takes between 3 to 5 weeks to be totally eradicated. Adult fleas usually die quickly once the carpets and furniture have been treated but the flea eggs are the real problem that takes a longer process.  Flea eggs take a week or two to hatch and become pupae and larvae. Follow up applications must be consistent for the this timespan until the eggs and larvae have been sucked up by a vacuum or killed by the insecticide sprayings.


By following the steps above you will have successfully treated your home. However, your work is not complete as preventative measures should be put into place to ensure fleas do not come back into the home. Also your yard should also be treated since fleas may be on your lawn and around the perimeter of your home just waiting for another opportunity to jump onto your pets and back inside the home. We recommend equipping yourself with our Guaranteed Flea Control Kit so you have all you need to treat your pets, your home and your outdoor yard.

For more helpful flea control guides, navigate to our flea control page. If you have any questions or would like live expert advice, you can call us at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us on our website.

How to Inspect your Home for Fleas

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Fleas are often seen as a problem mainly for pets but they can certainly be a problem for you and your home if they have made their way indoors. There are instances that a home can come down with a flea invasion even if the person living in the home doesn’t have pets.


Fleas can be an irritating, itch-inducing nuisance to have in the home and if measures aren’t taken to control them then they can very quickly multiply their population to out of control proportions. At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have heard horror stories from our customers telling us of how the whole family were going nuts itching themselves due to fleas that have made their way inside and were ready to burn the house down out of frustration (we hope they weren’t serious).


Fleas don’t just appear out of nowhere and to control them you first need to find out how they got inside and what hot spots do they hide out in. You can’t properly eliminate flea infestation unless you first do a flea inspection. In this guide we will show you how to perform a proper inspection of your home for fleas.


Clearing Up Misconceptions About Fleas


Some homeowners often have the misconception that a flea problem will disappear if they junk dunk their pet into a bath. This is likely not the case because if your pet has fleas and your pet goes indoors it is likely the fleas are not just living on your dog, but around your home as well.


Fleas are small little suckers but they have an enormous amount of talent, especially in their tiny legs. Fleas have six legs which allow them to move quickly from place to place and jump from host to host. Fleas are able to jump spectacularly high for their size which is why some people often believe they have wings and are flying or gliding around.


The truth is, fleas are wingless creatures. It is their impressive jumping ability and speed that makes it appear that they are just flying around all over the place.


Signs That Your Home Has A Flea Problem


While fleas aren’t so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye, they can be quite sneaky in the way they operate that makes it hard for them to be detected. Some homeowners don’t realize they even have fleas in the home to begin with until it is too late. It is recommended to spot an infestation early when their numbers are small or else the rapidly reproducing fleas will start to multiply at such a high rate that soon enough your home will be crawling with fleas, making it obvious you have an infestation on your hands.  The following 5 signs are what you should look out for to be certain you have fleas so you can spring into action and work towards controlling the infestation.


  1. Your Pet Is Overly Scratching and Itching

When suspecting that you have a flea problem, you should first look to your pet for answers because fleas often come into the home by hitching a ride on your pet, their new host.


While your dog scratching themselves a little bit doesn’t necessarily mean he has fleas (it may just be a normal itch or allergies)  a pet that is doing so a lot, scratching in an aggressive manner or is in a bad mood may be frustrated with fleas on their bodies which are making life miserable. This can be one of the most obvious signs that there are fleas on the premises.


2. Remnants of Flea Dirt

Like we said earlier, adult fleas can often be hard to spot because of their speedy jumping behavior and their hiding. When you try to look for fleas on your pet, you may find it difficult to see fleas especially if the fur is long and dark colored. The same goes for if the flea is hiding in the carpeting or on your bed or in furniture. When the fleas themselves aren’t seen, you can’t write it off as, “Nope, I guess I don’t have fleas.” There is something you can watch out for and it’s what the fleas themselves leave behind: flea dirt.


Flea dirt is essentially flea poop, moreso a combination or dried up blood and excrement. If a flea infestation is particularly bad  This is basically flea droppings and it will look like tiny black or red flecks on your dog – usually on their belly or by the base of the tail. Don’t assume it’s dirt, especially if your dog has been scratching and biting.


3. Skin Infections on Your Pets

Fleas can certainly be an irritation for dogs that you may think they can live through. However, if nothing serious is done about it, those itchy flea bites can develop into something a whole lot worse, especially if your dog happens to be allergic to fleas. Allergic dogs can develop red inflamed skin where the bites have occurred.


Even if they are not allergic, they can get irritated red marks on their skin from their relentless scratching, trying to relieve themselves from the torture the fleas are causing. If you begin to see red rashy looking marks or even bald patches of skin, this should be a cause for concern and you need to address the flea problem fast.

4. Appearance of Flea Larvae

If you don’t see the fleas themselves or flea dirt, perhaps by some off chance you may notice some small maggot looking creatures which may very well be flea larvae from a recently hatched flea egg. Flea larvae is usually hard to spot and in the home they can be laid in areas such as deep in the carpeting or in cracks and crevices where they won’t be bothered. To survive flea larvae will nourish itself by feeding on organic material, most likely the feces of the adult fleas.


If you spot flea larvae, you should be very concerned because that means an infestation is growing and who knows how many other flea eggs have been laid around your home and are becoming hatched by the next generation of those flea parasites.


5. Fleas Are Biting You

Perhaps the biggest red flag that you have fleas is when they start biting you. If you find yourself feeling extra itchy and don’t see any bugs around, they may be the tiny flea. Fleas can often be mistaken for bed bugs especially if you’re getting kept up at night due to itchy bites.


It’s usually when we start getting bitten and have red bumps all over us that we can no longer ignore that there is a flea infestation afoot.


Steps To Conduct A Home Flea Inspection

So the evidence is there: you have fleas. So what do you do? Selling your house and moving out doesn’t sound feasible or giving away your pets may not sound like a good idea. You have to tackle the flea infestation head on with a well thought out flea control program. But before you gear up for battle, you first need to perform a thorough flea inspection to know just the level of infestation you are dealing with. Here are some things you can do when performing a flea inspection.

  1. Start With Your Pets

As we stated earlier, fleas usually first get into the home via your pets. Your pet may have come from outside and have brought along with him fleas on his body and they hopped off and took a tour of your home. If your pet has been scratching themselves a lot and has been irritable, you’d want to do a thorough inspection of your pet for fleas first before moving onto your home. Run a flea comb through your pet and see if you can catch fleas in it. For a more detailed instruction on how to inspect your pets, go to our pet flea inspection guide here.


2. Check Carpets and Rugs


Carefully check your carpeting and rugs. Fleas are so small that they often can get away with hiding deep into carpeting. Fleas also like to lay eggs in carpets and this is also where flea larvae is often discovered. Run your hands over the carpet and rug fibers and try to look for evidence of flea eggs or adult fleas themselves. Seeing anything may be difficult but there is a special trick you can do to see things a little more clearly.


Get yourself some long white socks and put them on, pulling them up to your calves. Next, walk around your home especially over the carpeted areas. Adult fleas will jump onto your socks if they are present. Something you can do to attract them and entice them to jump up onto you is be shuffling your feet. This friction will create heat which will attract the fleas. Next grab a flashlight and check your white socks for fleas which will be more easily seen because of the socks you have on. They will look like black or brown specks that can easily be detected.


3. Look Around For Flea Dirt

You learned about flea dirt earlier, the flea fecal matter that looks like specks of dirt or black pepper, now it’s time to see if you find any. Look for it around your floor or carpeting, particularly around areas where your pets sleep. Check their bedding and crates and scan for live fleas and flea dirt. You should also check your couches and other upholstered furniture where your pets lounge around for evidence of flea dirt. If you see some specks but aren’t sure they are flea dirt, putting them in water and checking the color will be useful. Flea dirt turns reddish when placed in water.


4. Lure Fleas With Light, Heat and Water.


Another neat trick to check for fleas is to use Heat and Light to attract them. The way to do this is to fill a bowl up with warm soapy water and then shine a light, preferably from a lamp onto the bowl. Fleas will be attracted by the light and begin moving towards it and will land in the water. The soap in the water will kill them but you’ll have plenty of evidence of their presence in the bowl to show you how bad the infestation is.

5. Check Around Your Yard

Fleas came from outdoors so it makes sense to check outside around your yard where your pet was frolicking around for evidence of fleas. Using the sock trick we talked about, walk around your yard, focusing particularly in the more shaded and moist areas outdoor since this is where the like to hang out, away from sunlight. Also check under and around trees, bush area, your patio and around your deck and any place where there is leaf litter.



Once you have done a detailed inspection in and around your home and have found out where the fleas are hiding, you can they proceed to the control phase by gearing up with flea control product such as the ones you’d find in our Guaranteed Flea Control Kit. This kit contains all you need to get rid of fleas and give relief to your pets.


Check out our other flea guides and how-to tutorials. For more helpful advice and to get your pest control questions answered contact us by phone at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com.


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