It’s a relaxing Sunday morning. You’re sitting in your living room with your pup on your lap. You reach for the remote to turn on the TV and ouch! Something bites your leg, and you know exactly what it is: fleas.
Fleas are so tiny, they look like small black specs. They’re quick little pests as well. They’ll jump on you from your pet or carpet and jump right off before you can blink an eye.
Now, you’re afraid you have an infestation. What’s the next step? You need to learn how to spot these pesky insects and how to rid your home of them before the infestation grows.
In the guide below, you’ll discover several different ways to remove fleas from your home and keep them from coming back.
Continue reading below to learn more!
1. Take a Trip to the Vet
What your first step? A trip to the vet should be one of the first things you do. Why?
Fleas don’t generally infest a home unless they’re brought in by an animal. If you own pets, and you’re getting bit by fleas or have seen them in your home, take your furry friend to see their vet.
Your pet’s veterinarian will be able to advise you on what type of flea medication is best for your specific pet. It’s always best to get this type of medication from your vet to ensure your pet’s safety. Once you begin treating your pet, you can then move on to treating your home.
2. Wash All Pet Bedding
The next step is to wash all pet bedding in your home. The pet bedding is most likely where your pet sleeps and spends most of its time. Because of this, flea eggs and adults are more likely to be here.
Put all bedding in the washer machine and wash on hot with detergent. Don’t place the bedding back on the floor until you’ve completely rid your home of the fleas. You should wash the bedding once a week for a month.
If the infestation is a bad one, you might want to consider throwing the bedding out and purchasing new ones.
3. Vacuum All Carpets and Furniture
You’ll then need to vacuum all carpets and furniture. Before doing so, it’s best to remove all items from the floor. You don’t want to miss any spots.
If there are furniture pieces that have space between them and the floor, be sure to move these out of the way as well. Then, you can sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and other fabric surfaces you want to vacuum, such as the couch.
Vacuum everything. If there’s furniture you couldn’t move but has space under it, use a vacuum tool to vacuum under it. Vacuum the couch and drapes as well.
After vacuuming, immediately toss out the vacuum bag or empty out the plastic compartment and toss the trash outside.
4. Use a Flea Removal Spray
There are flea removal sprays that you can use to remove fleas from your home. When using these sprays, keep in mind that you’ll want to remove all pets from the home. If you have birds or fish, you’ll want to remove them also, as the spray can be harmful to them.
You should keep the children out of the home while using this treatment as well. Don’t forget to cover or place food and water bowls inside cabinets. Use the treatment as specified in the instructions.
5. Treat Your Yard as Well
You won’t want to forget to treat your yard as well. Remember, the fleas are coming into your home on your pets from the yard. If your pets and home have fleas, your yard does too.
There are products you can buy in stores for flea treatment on your yard. These pests like to hang out in shaded and humid areas of the yard. These are the areas you want to treat the heaviest.
If there are certain areas where your pets lay down the most, pay close attention to those spots as well. Other ways to prevent fleas in your yard is to mow and rake your lawn on a regular basis. Clear all leaves, twigs, and other debris.
You can also place cedar chips down for your pets to lay on.
6. Stay Consistent
Flea infestations don’t normally go away overnight, even after taking all the necessary steps to remove and prevent them. Ridding your home of an infestation is a process that takes time.
Remember to continue to do these things as advised on the product label. Vacuum and wash pet bedding regularly as well. Keep an eye out for any signs of fleas during the entire process.
With persistence, your home will be flea-free before you know it.
7. Hire Annual Flea Services
Are you still having trouble ridding your home of fleas?
Hiring annual flea services to come into your home and treat it is one of the best ways to not only treat your home for fleas but prevent them as well. This is the best option for ongoing issues. The professionals know how to properly treat your home and keep these pests away for good.
If you have any questions about the treatment or services, be sure to ask the professionals while they’re there. They should be able to answer any questions and ease any concerns you may have.
Don’t Let Fleas Invade Your Home
Don’t surrender to pesky fleas. It’s your home, and it’s time you fought these invaders! Use the information above to spot, treat, and prevent a flea infestation in your home.
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