How do i get rid of fleas from inside the house?

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  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Aug 11, 2018

    it's a long process. I have done it when visitors brought a dog and he left behind a few small gifts. they turned into hundreds.

    put moth balls in your vaccuum. vac thoroughly. spray all carpet with flea spray, wait a hour or so and vac again. repeat in 3 days. after that, wear white sox to walk around the house. the fleas, if there are any left, will jump on your sox. carry a little bowl with soapy water so when you pick them off they will drown. repeat till no more fleas jump

    on your sox. the eggs hatch at different times. maybe you will get lucky and get them all at the same time. It's disgusting, I know. Chin up and get out the mothballs.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 11, 2018

    Hi Bobbie! I wish I could tell you it was easy, but, it wasn't. Bag anything that can't be washed in hot water for a minimum of two weeks (stuffed animals, yarn, etc.). Longer than two weeks is better, I found. Make sure the bags are tightly sealed. You will be washing a lot of stuff, so be prepared. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. If your vac has a bag, remove it, tape the opening closed, and remove the bag to outside garbage. You will find powders and spray for carpet. The way they work is drying up the eggs before the next cycle hatches. Diatomaceous earth is an ingredient often listed. It's really dusty, so wear a mask since it will irritate your lungs. I also wear gloves. It's kind of the consistency of flour. I would let it sit overnight (at least twelve hours). Some people recommend 48 hours, but that was more time than I could leave it down, so instead I would do it every night for 2-3 days. It is dusty to vacuum up, so if you have a bag, change it each time. I used a bagless Dyson vac, and would clean the filters and dust chamber outside. FYI You could also mix it with boric acid.

    Here is what I used:

    Have your pets professionally groomed if possible. You can do it yourself, but, combing the fleas out, bathing them, etc. was too much for me after cleaning the house and treating it top to bottom. Not to mention the groomer did a much better job. The flea treatment they were given protected them, and as my groomer stated: "created flea killing machines". Keep kids and pets off the carpet while it is treated. Hard surfaces like hardwood can also be treated. I also shampooed my furniture with hot water after vacuuming. Once you've broken the cycle of fleas, keep your pets treated. I hope I never have to go through all that again. You can also have your home professionally treated, which I tried years ago. It was expensive, involved dangerous chemicals, and I had to still do all the cleaning, plus had to keep my young children out of the house. Someone actually brought the fleas in that time (long story) and when it occurred years later with my pets, I treated it myself, surprisingly with faster results. Good luck!

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Aug 11, 2018

    My blue carpet is white for now because I put lots of diatimaceous earth all over it. I'll vacuum the excess up in ten days. Then the white socks test

  • Cathy Dillon Cathy Dillon on Aug 11, 2018

    When we have had a real crisis we used flea " bombs" in almost every room. I bought them from the vet. ( expensive something like $10- each a long time ago) . You ( and pets) must leave the house ( for hours if not overnight) , AIR out the house when you come home, and meanwhile the DOG ( or whatever creature) needs to be clean, and de- fleaed ( such as a flea dip), and flea prevented( such as a collar).

    If it is not to the crisis point yet , you need very very thouough vacuming, and flea powder along base boards and other likely hiding places.

  • Jennifer Jennifer on Aug 12, 2018

    It’s a process...... it can take up to 6 months for flea eggs to hatch. If you have dogs or cats, you must use a topical or oral flea preventative for at least 6 months to break the flea like cycle. The orals are better, in my opinion. Then you must vacuum everywhere, including your furniture, 2-3 times a week for at least a month, then maybe just once a week after that. Be sure to empty your vacuum bag/bin after each use. And wash and dry all pet bedding/ including your sheets and blankets, at least 1 time weekly, if not 2 times weekly, for the first month. You do not have to use pesticide products inside the home or outside the home if you follow these steps and keep up with them. It takes patience, good ridden fleas!

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Aug 12, 2018

    OMG I Hate fleas. My two 'indoor' cats had them last year and it just freaked me out. I probably brought them in from working out in the yard. I felt so guilty. Long story short, both cats got several baths with special pet shampoo and combings every night, the entire house got sprayed on a daily basis, and I got rid of our living room 5x8 area carpet, repeated everything until they were all gone. Knock on wood, they haven't had fleas since. It's a process, but you can manage this. Best of luck.

  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 12, 2018

    If your pet beds contain dried pennyroyal, it usually repels fleas.

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