Fleas in Your House
Learn how to kill Fleas if you have a Flea infestation in your
house 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 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 that 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 couple of weeks.
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
You can sprinkle the
(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
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 &