Fleas in Your House
Learn how to kill Fleas in Your House if you have a Flea infestation with natural Flea remedies and/or store bought Flea killers for regular Flea control.
Put all of the bedding into the washing machine. That includes anything that the pets like to regularly lie or sleep on, which isn’t always intended to serve as pet bedding. Wash it all on a Hot Cycle – the bedsheets, the throw on the sofa and the bathroom rug. If the item isn’t salvageable or the inside of the pet bedding is full of dirt (dander, Flea eggs, flea cocoons, etc) better to just throw it out and purchase a new one. Even if you wash the cover and put the inside of the bedding back in the cover the eggs may still hatch. One Flea cocoon releases hundreds of eggs so it’s best to start over. Read more in-depth information about the Lifecycle of Fleas.
Spray an insect growth regulator (IGR) like methoprene or pyriproxyfen. Room foggers (total release aerosols) aren’t as effective as sprays unless they contain an IGR to prevent the larvae from turning into adult Fleas. Without IGRs, larvae won’t be controlled because they won’t be reached at the base of carpet fibers where they develop. Be sure to read the product label to be sure it has IGR.
While you’re washing all of the bedding get a good vacuum and start vacuuming every nook and cranny in your house or apartment. Best to place your pet outside, or in a kennel while vacuuming so any Fleas they still have won’t jump onto the surfaces you just cleaned. Be sure to wash in Hot water, and dry on a Hot air cycle. A cool-air dry cycle will not kill the fleas.
You can put a flea collar (or cut a Flea collar into pieces) into your vacuum, it will help kill the Fleas you’ve sucked up. Pay attention to areas that don’t get much exposure to sunlight (Fleas like humid and cool spots), anywhere you find dried blood and feces (Flea debris), upholstered furniture, and crevices around baseboards and cabinets (that’s where the eggs and larvae are probably hiding). When your vacuum bag (or debris container) is full, seal it in a plastic trash bag and put it immediately into a covered, outside trash container. I recommend thoroughly vacuuming at least twice, and then once again every other day for at least a 35 days.
Read about my Flea Experience and what I did and which products I used to get rid of Fleas in my house and yard.
Now it’s time to treat your yard for Fleas. You can sprinkle the Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) powder around your yard. It will kill Fleas, spiders, and other insects. It’s only effective during dry weather. You’ll want to reapply again if it rains. Other deterrents to Fleas you can use in your yard are cedar wood chips or Eucalyptus leaves. Both of these help against Fleas being attracted to your yard, plus they are natural and organic, and won’t contaminate plants, useful insects or your pet. Purchase cedar wood chips from your nearby lawn & garden store.