How Can I Get Rid of Fleas?

Quarantining a pet with a veterinarian can help eliminate fleas.
Steam cleaning a carpet with essential oils may help reduce flea infestations.
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Homes can become infested with fleas due to pets that bring the fleas into the house, or because visitors unwittingly carry fleas into the space and leave them behind. In a short period of time, the occupants of the home begin to notice the pets are scratching a great deal and the humans in the house also begin to itch. Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of fleas in a short period of time by following a few simple steps.

One of the first steps to remove fleas is to quarantine any pets in the home. An easy way to accomplish this is to house your pet with a veterinarian for a couple of days. During that time, the vet can initiate treatments to remove all residue of flea infestation from the skin and the coat of your pets. This will help to provide your dog or cat with immediate relief and prepare them to return to a your home after you have completed the flea removal process.


With your pets safe and undergoing a safe flea removal series of treatments, you can turn your attention to ridding your home of the pests. Begin by collecting all textiles in the home. This includes draperies, bedding, rugs, throws, and tablecloths. Wash everything in soapy water. This will help to kill any eggs deposited on the material. You can then brush the surface of the fabric to remove any traces of eggs and any larvae present. By washing everything, you get rid of fleas, eggs and larvae and begin to whittle down on the infestation.

Continue your quest to get rid of fleas by vacuuming all carpeting and upholstered furniture. Don’t overlook bar floors or any spot where dust could collect. Fleas can hide in dust with the greatest of ease. After vacuuming, remove the bag from the vacuum cleaner and fill it with hot soapy water. This will kill any fleas that were picked up during the cleaning. Toss the bag and its contents into an outside trash container.

After doing all you can to get rid of fleas, it is time to call in a professional pest control service. They can steam clean the carpeting and upholstery and remove any remaining eggs or larvae that the vacuuming did not pick up. Flea removal services also make use of a heat treatment to go over the carpeting. Fleas hate intense heat and the process will get rid of fleas at every stage of development.

As one last step, use natural flea removal products that are formulated to kill fleas that are lurking in the grass around your home. This is especially important if your pet spends a lot of time outside. Once you are sure your efforts to get rid of fleas have made your home safe again, retrieve your pet from the veterinarian and return to your normal routine.

Fleas are a pesky problem, but not something that cannot dealt with easily. By cleaning the home thoroughly and following up with aid from professional services, you can get rid of fleas and make your home comfortable once more.


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