How do you get rid of fleas?

Mark Pettenger
by Mark Pettenger
How to get rid of flea's in your house and on your pet?
  12 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 16, 2016
    You will have to vacate your home and set flea bombs starting with the furthest room to the front. Upon return vacuum the entire house and carpeting if you have that. Depending on how bad your infestation is it may have to be repeated. Make sure all linens are stripped and washed in very hot water. As for your animal there are pills that you can give it once every three months or a liquid treatment applied between the shoulder blades every month.You need a vet for the medicine.
  • Bunny Harrison Bunny Harrison on Sep 16, 2016
    Its a trifecta attack -- bug bombs simultaneously in various parts of the house, spray the yard, and flea soap bathe the pets!
  • Mickey Mickey on Sep 17, 2016
    I don't know why this works but we sprinkled carpet fresh everywhere and ran the vac 2hrs. Later. Fleas gone. Even put it on window sills and the tiny knats stopped coming in.
  • Stacey Gardner Stacey Gardner on Sep 17, 2016
    If you are looking for a NON-TOXIC method, Dr Bronner's peppermint oil soap is a powerful flea killer. First mop with it then vaccuum. It's very concentrated so you only need a few squirts in hot water to do it. You MUST purchase a FLEA COMB because the cat will have to be bathed then combed. You can use the Dr Bronner's, very sparingly because it will foam up good and it's the foam that suffocates the fleas, so really you can use just about any soap for this part, If your cat won't let you put him in water you can use a sponge filled with soap foam and that would do the trick as well. BE CAREFUL using commercial flea products on cats because it's easy to overdo it and you could accidentally kill your pet, I know someone who put flea powder on her cat and killed the poor thing ! And NEVER use flea products made for dogs, they have a different formula and are Toxic to cats. After vacuuming make sure you wrap and seal the vaccuum bag in plastic and dispose of immediately... Good Luck !
  • Danielle Dery Wiltzius Danielle Dery Wiltzius on Sep 17, 2016
    You can call a pest control company, you can use flea bombs, you can use spray. But the most important thing is to control the fleas on your pets first. One thing you have to remember is everyday those fleas lay hundreds of eggs. So if you try to do it yourself you HAVE to follow directions on the products you use. Some will require you to do it every 2 weeks. You HAVE to vacuum EVERYDAY!!! Then either throw out your vacuum bag or empty your vacuum after every use. This means even under your furniture!!! Fleas LOVE to live in carpet fibers. I still used a spray in the corners of the rooms that didn't have carpet. I washed EVERYTHING I could in HOT water. What I couldn't wash, I sprayed with a flea killer. But the bad part is flea eggs can live 6 months or more without hatching!! So you NEED something that will kill the eggs also. But most important is to vacuum everyday!!! Don't forget to spray your yard!! Most of those applications will require you to spray every 14 days. If you live in a colder state, just know once it freezes the fleas will be gone outside!! They LOVE warm environments. One thing you can try (to see how bad of an infestation you have) is to put a dish or plate with some water and dish soap in it on your floor (where you think the fleas are) under a night light. The fleas will jump at the light and then get stuck in the dish soap. Just make sure your pets don't drink the water. You also need to watch out for your pets when they have fleas, if they bite at themselves they could possibly ingest a couple fleas. If this happens they could end up with a tapeworm. I have a cat that is having this issue right now. He is being treated by a vet and is doing well. Good luck!!! P.S. We are currently having a company come in and take care of our flea problem.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Sep 17, 2016
    Get Frontline Plus. It's available at any pet store. Used once a month between the shoulder blades or back of neck. I use it on both our cats with no problems. They are both 10 years old. Fleas they pick up outside die before they can get inside. For house use bombs and outside sprays. If the fleas don't make it in you get rid of the problem. Like Janet said you may have to re-do the bombs 4-6 weeks after the first to catch any eggs that hatched in the meantime.
  • Sandra. Jackson Sandra. Jackson on Sep 17, 2016
    If you do put anything down to kill them , make sure you put plenty along the skirting boards as they tend to go there and multiply , good luck !
  • Pad7340673 Pad7340673 on Sep 17, 2016
  • Kenneth Joyner Kenneth Joyner on Sep 17, 2016
    I use 1 cup blue dawn, 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 quart water. Start at the head. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse. I usually do it twice. Once for dirt and once for stinky dog. 😃 For inside the house I use food grade diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle floor, funiture and outside. It can irritate lungs when first sprinkled as it is loose in the air. After it settles it is safe for pets and children. It will kill fleas, roaches, ants, and even bed bugs. It scratches their body and dehydrated them. Make sure it is food grade. You can find the diatomaceous earth at most feed stores or garden centers.
    • Cindy Rarrick Cindy Rarrick on Sep 18, 2016
      This is what i used and it worked great! I saw fleas in the bottom of the tub when i was done bathing a kitten that showed up at my door
  • Janice Peterson Janice Peterson on Sep 17, 2016
    seresto collars. they work for 8 months so not as pricey as they seem
  • Kari Roberts Kari Roberts on Sep 18, 2016
    Spray yard with dawn and water mixture every other day for a month. I spray any carpeted areas with citrus vinegar let fry for a few hours don't soak just lightly spray once every few days vacuum every other day. Less toxic to your animals and you.
  • Karen Karen on Sep 18, 2016
    Fleas have an Exoskeleton. Sprikle Borax on your floors, furniture, or anywhere else the little burgers may be. The Borax scratches their skeleton and they dehydrate and die. Leave down for a couple of hours and then vacuum.