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How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House

how to remove fleas in the house

Fleas are one of the most annoying pest problems we can have at home. These parasites are not to be taken lightly. They will infest your home in record time without you even noticing until it is too late. But don't worry, I will guide you in a very effective process on how to get rid of fleas in the house.  

Before you get started, I recommend you check out The Flea Life Cycle. This will help you understand why it's tough to remove fleas from your home without a laid-out plan that will break their life cycle. 

If you are ready to effectively remove the fleas from your home, follow these steps below. Within a few days, you will virtually have eliminated the flea pest off your home.

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First Step: Wash Everything

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First, you will need to collect all your clothes, beddings, rugs, curtains, etc. Once you have collected all of these, you will need to wash everything. It is best to use hot water when you wash your stuff and be aware of the material your belongings are made-of and wash accordingly.

Depending on how severe your infestation might be and how dirty some of your items are, you might want to throw away some stuff and replace it with new ones.

When washing any pet bedding, make sure to soak it in hot soapy water for at least 30min. Once you are done washing, put it all into plastic bags and seal them completely so it's hard for fleas to jump back in.

Second Step: Vacuum

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Next, you will prepare your home to apply the flea treatment. Clear up any clutter you might have in your home, clean them up, and bag them too so that fleas won't use them as a hiding spot when you apply the treatment. 

Now you have to vacuum in detail, meaning every inch of your home. You have to clean your carpets, hardwood floors, tile floors, etc. Pay the utmost attention to cracks in wood and tiles; also, your furniture needs to be vacuum thoroughly. Make sure you go through every square inch of your home with your vacuum.

One of the most resilient flea stages is the Pupae. In this stage, it is very resilient to any treatment. The best solution to this is your vacuum because it will generate heat and vibrations. When the flea feels this, it will cause it to break from its cacoon, making them very vulnerable to the treatment, which will help ensure you get rid of the flea from your home entirely. 

If you can, I recommend using a shop vacuum. These vacuums have better sucking power. I have found that it takes quite some effort to remove the fleas when in their cocoon stage with a regular vacuum. Still, with a shop vacuum, it's a lot easier to do so because of its sucking power.

Third Step: Annihilation

Warning – This step needs to be followed with a lot of care, attention, and fair use of common sense. 

You must remove all people and pets from home been treated and make sure to cover any aquariums and electronics. When applying the flea treatment, protect yourself at all times; you must use gloves, a mask, and eye protection.

Before you start, begin to gather everything you are going to need. For this method, you will be using Fleabuster Rx, gloves, a mask, safety glasses, and a broom; a push broom would be better, but any broom will do.

Now plan out the process you will follow to apply the treatment. Start by choosing the farthest room from the entrance and work your way room by room until you get to your main door to exit the home as you finish applying the flea treatment. Make sure you do all rooms, including your restrooms and garage, and of course, don't forget to wear protection.

Application of Flea Treatment on the Carpet.

First, you will need to rearrange some of your furniture as you proceed to ensure all areas of your carpet are treated. You apply it by shaking it out of the container or grabbing it with your hand (protected), sprinkling it all over the carpet. Make sure to use in areas hard to reach, as under desks, beds, and furniture. The reason for this is because fleas are light-sensitive and like to hide in dark, quiet areas. 

Once you sprinkle into the carpet, grab your broom, and sweep in a back-and-forth motion until the treatment is no longer visual. This process helps the treatment fall deeper into the fibers of the carpet.

Application of flea treatment on hardwood and tile floors.

For these areas, you will sprinkle the flea treatment all over your floor. Then, use your broom without creating a dust cloud in a slow back-and-forth motion working the treatment all over the area; this will help get into any creases and cracks. Once you have done this, any excess you might have spread evenly across the edges of the wall.

Application on Furniture

For your furniture, make sure you apply this under the cushions and in any creases you find. Then use a hand brush to make sure it goes deep into the fibers and creases; do this for all furniture with upholstery.

When you're done, you must leave your home due to particles in the air from the treatment used. I recommend leaving the house for 2-4 hours to completely let the treatment particles settle, then you are safe to go back in.

Fourth Step: Follow Up

The treatment requires you to allow two to three days to be undisturbed. In my situation, I let an entire week without cleaning it off for maximum effect. I recommend you do the same, but it is not necessary; at minimum, allow 48hrs before starting to clean it off.

When you do your initial clean-up, you have to vacuum and clean your floors daily to keep catching weakened fleas and newly laid eggs. After two weeks, make the treatment application again to make sure you seal the flea's fate. Depending on the severity of your infestation, repeat it every 2 weeks until they are completely gone.

If you continue to get fleas, you need to find the source of where they are coming from. After you do the treatment, your home will be a flea-killing environment, but that does not mean your fleas will stop entering your home.

Furthermore if you haven't yet, you need to treat your cat and dog, ensuring that the rest of the fleas are entirely eradicated from your home.

This treatment is very beneficial, and within a couple of weeks, your flea problem will be solved entirely. 

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I hope this article helps you in removing fleas from your home. Don't forget to let us know how you solved your flea infestation in the comments below.

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