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How to Kill Fleas in a Home

Updated on March 13, 2011

Killing Fleas

If a home has fleas, several steps should be taken in order to kill the fleas and get rid of their eggs to keep the infestation from coming back. Fleas reproduce quickly and can make life miserable for pets and humans alike. If a home has fleas, several steps should be taken in order to get rid of the fleas and their eggs to keep the infestation from coming back.

Using Flea Shampoo

Wash flea-infested pets with a flea shampoo to kill the fleas. This may not kill all of them, but it will greatly reduce their numbers. make sure not to wash your pets too often with flea shampoo. It can be harmful to pets if used too often. Most of them have specific periods to wait before using the flea shampoos again.

Use a Flea Comb

Comb through the pets' fur with a flea comb after the bath. Flea combs are an extremely effective way to get rid of any fleas that remain. If the pet has short hair, it will take a short time to comb through all of the fur and to remove both live and dead fleas. If the pet has long hair, consider cutting the pet's hair to make the process easier. Keep the pets separated from the home until the home can be treated for fleas to avoid re-infesting them. If the pets have nowhere outside the home to go, keep them in the bathroom while the home is treated.

Treating the Linens for Fleas and Flea Eggs

Wash all linens, including rugs, in hot water. Wash them with plenty of soapy water to ensure that the eggs and the fleas are killed in the process. Any linens that can't be washed should be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks. This will ensure that any hatching flea eggs won't allow new fleas to infest your home.

Getting Rid of Fleas on Floors

Vacuum every room, every stairway and every corridor. Wood, vinyl and tile floors should be vacuumed thoroughly to remove fleas, eggs and larvae. After vacuuming, take the vacuum bag out and place it in a plastic bag and take it outdoors. If your vacuum doesn't have a bag, empty the dust cup outdoors and away from the house.

Treat carpets with either a commercial flea killer or by steam cleaning the carpets. Both will kill any remaining fleas. There are flea powders that can be sprinkled over carpets and then vacuumed away. For steam cleaning, there are carpet shampoos made with pesticides to get rid of any living fleas.

Vacuum the floors and flea comb pets every day until the infestation is over. If the infestation persists, keep your pets in areas that don't have carpets, and steam clean the carpets regularly.


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