How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House — Protect Your Home

How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House – Protect Your Home


If you have pets, chances are you also have fleas in the house. If not, consider yourself lucky because these annoying little insects tend to stay when they first move in. This is why you should protect your home against fleas by preventing them from entering in the first place.

Fleas don’t transmit diseases very often, so they aren’t really that dangerous to your family and your pets, but fleas in the house can make life a living hell. There is no question in my mind that flea bites on humans and pets are some of the most frustrating things to deal with. That’s why I made this website. To show you how to get rid of fleas and prevent them from ever coming back.

As a bonus, you will also learn how to protect your home against ticks. They can be quite dangerous to your family and your pets because of the diseases they carry, but luckily many flea treatment products also work against ticks.

How to spot flea bites and fleas in the house

Flea bites don’t necessarily hurt, but they can itch, which is uncomfortable enough as it is. They look like small clusters of spots with a red area around them. Fleas usually bite several times in one area to see if they can find blood. Other insect bites typically leave swelling around the area, but this is not the case with flea bites, or at least not much, unless it’s caused by an allergic reaction. Some people and pets suffer from flea allergy and they react much worse to flea bites than others. Pay attention to your kids if they get bitten, which might happen a lot because they are closer to the floor and more susceptible to flea bites.

One thing you can be sure about, no matter how many flea bites you get, is that your pets are more affected by fleas in the house than you are. You can only do so much to protect your home against fleas and it’s almost impossible to be flea-free all the time. The best way to prevent a serious flea infestation is by spotting it fast. I always use a flea comb on my dog, especially during flea season, to catch the fleas before they are dragged into our home – and we haven’t had fleas in the house for many years now.

What to do if you find fleas in your home

So, you’ve found fleas in your home. Now what? Well, you’re going to want to take action immediately. Not only is a flea infestation annoying and off-putting, but it can also be dangerous to your pets. As I mentioned, fleas can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in your dog or cat, and may even transmit parasites such as tapeworm.

Unfortunately, there is no “quick fix” for a flea infestation in your home. Because of the flea’s life cycle and habits, completely ridding your home of an infestation may take as long as a few weeks. The fastest way to deal with an infestation is, of course, to call a professional exterminator. They are not cheap, so let’s see if we can get rid of the problem ourselves first.

Dealing with the fleas

If you want to get rid of fleas in the house or yard, you need to know what you are dealing with. There are many different types of fleas, but they are usually two or three mm long and either brown or reddish. They feed on animals by sucking the blood out of them. In the early stages, before they become adult fleas, they feed on flea dirt or flea droppings from fully grown fleas. They can remain in their cocoons for a whole year and won’t wake up until they feel the vibrations as someone walks by. This means that a flea infestation can be on pause for a whole year in an empty house, and wake up when someone move in.

Most fleas in the house are pet fleas, but there are also human fleas that live on human blood. These are pretty rare; usually the fleas you see just bite and then jump right off. Human fleas are mostly seen in agriculture where they feed on pigs. If you get too close, they will jump onto you and start biting and feeding. You can feel them crawling all over your body and the flea bites will start itching. Pet fleas will mostly bite you on your hands and arms when you’re in contact with your pet, or on your feet and ankles. If you pick up a blanket which your pet rests on, the fleas will often also jump up and bite you. Places where your dog or cat sleeps are usually the ones with the most fleas and flea eggs.

How to get rid of fleas on your pets

A good majority of the time, flea infestations begin with your pet. As there’s no sense in killing the fleas in your home if Whiskers is just going to bring in more the next time she stops home for some kibble, you’ll want to address your pets first.

1. Bring out the flea comb

Combing your pet is the best way to remove any fleas it may be carrying. Use a flea comb and be sure to give some extra attention to the tail and neck of your pet. Any fleas recovered during this process should be discarded into hot, soapy water.

2. Discard or wash your pets bedding

Next, you’ll want to deal with your pet’s bed or bedding. In the case of extreme flea infestations, discarding these things is probably your best bet. Always make sure anything you discard is disposed of in a sealed bag or container, so as not to cause an infestation elsewhere.

At the very least, you’re going to want to make sure your pet’s bedding is thoroughly washed. If your infestation is relatively small and you choose to wash your pet’s bed instead of discarding it, you’re going to want to wash it once a week for at least a month. This way any remaining eggs, pupae, and/or larvae will be destroyed.

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3. Use effective flea control products

Once you’re satisfied you’ve removed any and all fleas from your furry friends, make it a point to talk with your vet. If your pet is indeed the source of the infestation, chances are the flea control product you’re using is ineffective. Your veterinarian can help choose the protection best suited to your climate and the type of flea in question.

How to get rid of fleas in the house

The first step in preparing your home to be cleaned of fleas is getting everything you possibly can off of your carpets. Everything (within reason) must go. Every inch of carpet you’re able to vacuum will increase the likelihood of you being able to remove the infestation completely.

1. Vacuum all carpets

Next, you’re going to want to vacuum your carpets thoroughly. Before you do though, here are a few things to keep in mind. One, keep an eye out for what is known as flea dirt, which is dried blood and flea feces that resembles flakes of pepper. Vacuuming and removing flea dirt is absolutely essential to successful flea extermination. This is because flea dirt is the primary food source for flea larvae. Removing this food source will help to destroy future generations of fleas.

You’re going to want to give special attention to any areas of carpet or pieces of furniture where you see dog or cat hair. Fleas tend to favor the places where your pet sleeps. And don’t forget that nozzle attachment your vacuum came with, by the way. Fleas can easily hide in corners, cracks, and heating vents.

Aside from the obvious picking up of fleas, their eggs, larvae, and pupae, there are reasons that thoroughly vacuuming increases the chances of successful flea extermination. For one thing, the heat of the vacuum tricks fleas into leaving their cocoons early. This is essential to the process, as flea cocoons are insecticide resistant. Also, when you vacuum the nap of your carpet rises. This will allow for better penetration of the flea treatment product, which is the next step in the process after cleaning.

Pro tip: Steam clean the carpets

It should be noted that in the case of extreme infestations it may be desirable to steam clean your carpets before vacuuming. Even if this is the case, don’t neglect to vacuum thoroughly after steam cleaning in order to reap the additional benefits vacuuming can bring to bear.

2. Clean all non-carpeted floors, furniture etc.

Before starting flea treatment, there are a few more things you’re going to need to do. Once you’ve vacuumed all the carpets in your home, you’ll need to sweep and vacuum all non-carpeted floors too. You’ll also want to carefully vacuum your furniture and cushions, as well as your bed, bedding, and pillows.

3. Get rid of the vacuum bag (very important)

Once you’re satisfied that all the surfaces in your home have been cleaned and vacuumed (and vacuumed again), dispose of your vacuum bag in a sealed bag or sealed container.

4. Use insecticide

Next, you’ll want to use an appropriate insecticide like flea spray to kill any remaining fleas, larvae, pupae, or eggs. While insecticides are effective to a degree, many do not completely kill all flea pupae. Because of this, you will likely see a few fleas over the next week or so. Don’t panic, keep vacuuming regularly. As mentioned earlier, vacuuming coaxes fleas from their cocoons. Once free, they are susceptible to any residual insecticide.

5. Natural flea treatment

If you want a more natural solution for killing fleas in the house, I suggest you read my guides on diatomaceous earth and baking soda.

How to get rid of fleas in the yard

As with most home infestations, prevention is always the best way to avoid a repeat performance of your own personal flea circus. You’ve made sure that Fido and Mittens are flea-free and properly protected – now we’ll turn our attention to the yard.

1. Trim tree branches

We already know that fleas avoid sunlight. Pruning low-hanging tree branches may allow more sunlight into your yard, making it a less attractive place for fleas to congregate.

2. Mow the lawn often

Keeping your grass cut short will also help reduce the number of fleas in your yard, as short grass provides fewer shaded nooks and crannies where fleas can hide from the sun.

3. Treat the yard with pesticides

If you find there are still fleas in your yard, you should consider using an outdoor pesticide that specifically targets fleas. Be sure to read and follow all directions carefully before applying, as some insecticides may be harmful or even fatal if used improperly.

4. Take the natural approach

I can understand if you don’t want chemicals in your yard. Luckily, there is a safer, non-toxic method called beneficial nematodes.

Protect your home against fleas

When you have discovered a flea infestation in your home, you need to do anything you can to make their stay as unpleasant as possible. Start by figuring out how bad the situation is and then take appropriate measures to get rid of the fleas.

Vacuum everything daily, including floors, carpets, furniture and so on. You need to wash everything that has been in contact with your pets, like bedding, blankets and pillows. Also consider using a flea bomb if you have many fleas in the house and the situation feels out of control.

Dealing with a flea infestation in your home can be an involved, time consuming project. The fastest, surest way to deal with a flea infestation is always to call a licensed professional. If you follow the steps described above, though, there is a good chance you’ll be able to handle the problem on your own. Thanks for reading my guide, I wish you all the best in your fight against fleas.

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How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House Fast

Last Updated on January 31, 2020

If you want to learn how to get rid of fleas in the house fast, you have come to the right place. There has been a steady increase of households across the United States dealing with a flea infestation.

In 13 years, from 2004-2016, the reports of illnesses from flea, mosquitoes, and tick bites more than tripled. These tiny creatures can multiply quickly, spread diseases, and become a significant nuisance.

Keep reading to learn how to get rid of fleas fast, from your pets and your home (hopefully for good!)

Where Do Fleas Come From?

The three most common areas people find fleas are in their homes, on their pets, and in their yards.

Outdoor fleas thrive in shady, moist, and cool-to-warm places. These fleas will be found in trees, shrubs, and leaves, and will avoid sunny areas. Indoor fleas also prefer humid, cool-to-warm environments and will live on animals or in places where warm bodies frequent, such as dog beds, couches, or beds.

Signs of a Flea Infestation

Look for signs of a flea infestation in the three common spots for fleas.

Fleas Infestation on Pets

One of the first indicators of a flea infestation is changes in behavior in your pet.

Watch for symptoms in your dog or cat of frequently scratching themselves, restlessness, continuously shaking their heads, or losing a lot of hair.

Flea Infestation in the House

Inspect your pet’s bedding, crates, upholstered furniture, carpets, and rugs for fleas. Examine these areas for fleas and flea dirt, which looks similar to coffee grounds.

If you are uncertain if you’re finding flea dirt, simply place the specks into soapy, hot water. Flea dirt will turn red in soapy water.

Fleas on Humans

Check yourself and the other people living in your home for symptoms of flea bites. Flea bites are most commonly located on the lower legs, ankles, and feet.

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Flea bites look like a small red dot with a red halo. Some additional symptoms of a flea bite include a rash, hives, and swelling around the bite. They also may be quite itchy.

Some people will experience allergic reactions to flea bites, showing as a magnification of regular symptoms and occasional shortness of breath.

The Flea Life Cycle

Fleas have a life cycle of four parts: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Adults lay eggs on a host environment, such as a pet, which then gets transferred into the surrounding environment. For example, when your dog shakes his fur, the eggs get scattered throughout your home.

Next, the eggs will turn into larva. The larva will feed and stay in an environment allowing itself to turn into a pupa and then an adult flea. The larva and pupa stages look for slightly warmer climates to speed along their evolution.

This uninterrupted life cycle typically takes 21 days. However, fleas have the unique capability of being able to pause their life cycle. If conditions are moist, the life cycle process may speed up. If the environment is too cold, the fleas will slow down the process until temperatures increase.

This cycle makes fleas very difficult to eradicate. Some flea products might target adult fleas or eggs, but not pupa. As a result, a homeowner might rid themselves of certain stages of fleas, while unknowingly leaving the next generation of fleas alive and waiting.

How Long Do Fleas Live?

Fleas can live for two to three months.

After an adult flea finds a living host, it feeds on blood and starts the process all over again by laying eggs. The female flea will lay her eggs a short 24-36 hours after feeding and can lay as many as 50 eggs per day. As a result, a few fleas in your home can turn into a massive infestation in less than a month.

Why Does a Flea Infestation Matter?

Fleas are problematic in many ways. They are challenging to get rid of, and they can spread diseases to humans and pets. Fleas bite into living organisms so they can feed on blood.

The most well-known disease spread by fleas was the Bubonic plague, which killed 25 million people. Some other common diseases transmitted from fleas to humans are Murine typhus, tapeworms, Tungiansis, and Tularemia.

Your pets are vulnerable to diseases from flea bites, as well. Some common conditions include Mycoplasma haemofelis (cats), tapeworms (cats and dogs), and Cat Scratch Disease, which can sometimes spread to humans. All of these diseases can lead to serious health consequences if not addressed immediately. The longer you have a flea problem, the higher the risk of yourself or your pet catching a disease.

Top 3 Flea Home Remedies

If you need to know the best way to get rid of and preventing fleas, we have three top home remedies you should try today. These are simple, environmentally-friendly and natural remedies that anyone can try.

How to Get Rid of Fleas by Vacuuming

Consider vacuuming in two stages. First, vacuum all of your floors, carpets, and rugs thoroughly to pick up any of these creatures. You’ll quickly suck them all up and can empty the dirty bag far away from your home.

Next, do a second sweep of your home with the vacuum brush, rubbing salt and baking soda into the carpet. The salt and baking soda serve to dehydrate the environment for any remaining eggs or pupa. As a result, they die off from the inhabitable conditions.

How to Get Rid of Fleas with Herbal Sprays

Try making your own herbal spray for an organic solution that you can safely spray on surfaces throughout your house, which is effective way to treat your home against nasty flea bugs.

Purchase vinegar, lemon juice, and witch hazel, and mix these with water in a spray bottle.

These three ingredients naturally are highly acidic and can help repel flea populations. Spray the concoction in all areas of your home, especially your rugs, carpets, laundry, and closets.

How to Get Rid of Fleas with Dish Soap

Fleas are too light to sink in water, but they can’t swim either. So, they are permanently left floating at the top of the water barrier until they die.

Take a bucket and add a few drops of dish soap. The dish soap will serve to act as a glue that traps the flea in the water and causes it to die faster.

Leave a small tealight candle in the middle of the water to attract flea pupa with the thermal energy. This serves to be a homemade, cheap trap that can get rid of fleas fast.

If you’ve tried all of these remedies and still notice a flea problem, it’s time to turn to chemical flea sprays or time to hire a professional pest removal service.

How to Get Fleas Off Your Pet

If you see the telltale signs that your pet has a flea infestation, you may be wondering, how do you get rid of fleas on cats and dogs naturally?

There are several methods you can try to eliminate the problem. Using a flea comb on your pet’s fur for fleas is a great temporary solution, but you need to take action that will kill the fleas.

First, consider purchasing flea shampoos. You have to bathe your pet anyways, so washing your pet with flea shampoo can keep them clean and flea-free. Make sure to read the ingredients and reviews on the shampoo to ensure it’s the safest option for your pet.

Next, supplement the flea shampoo with flea-killing drops and serums. Conduct some thorough research into which brands use the most natural ingredients. These drops and serums are typically brushed into your pet’s hair once per month.

Even after the signs of fleas are no longer present, as a preventative measure, keep applying the drops until you’ve run out of the product.

Another preventative measure is a flea collar. Flea collars disperse an active ingredient for killing fleas intermittingly into a dog’s sweat glands. This is an effective, long-term solution as most pet owners have a collar on their pet anyways.

Lastly, if you feel that the flea infestation for your pet is quite dire, you can consider flea pills. These pills release into your pet’s bloodstream and act as poison whenever the flea feeds on your pet. However, it should be noted that while these pills kill fleas, it’s not a preventative measure. Consider pairing flea pills with the shampoos, serums, or flea collars.

Hiring Pest Removal Experts to Get Rid of Fleas

Unfortunately, once you’ve noticed fleas in your home, it’s likely a full-blown infestation.

To remove fleas in your house quickly, you should hire a pest removal expert. Fleas are incredibly difficult to get rid of completely, as they spread throughout the home and multiply very fast. A professional exterminator can identify the source of the problem, the impacted areas, and offer suggestions to prevent future infestations.

Pest removal experts can also tackle the outdoor fleas in your yard that you may be ill-equipped to handle. And, they know which products are the safest to use without disrupting your family life.

Save yourself the time, risk, and money by calling a flea control expert as soon as possible.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House Forever

Fleas are an annoying parasite that can multiply so fast that within a week your whole house can be infested. Most likely the fleas came from your dog, though fleas can get into a house on a human. Getting rid of fleas takes a lot of work and an aggressive approach. The process will take time, for the flea goes through four stages of life, and you must rid the flea as it matures into an adult if the product you are using does not take care of every stage. If you wish to get rid of fleas forever, you must aggressively attack the house, the yard and the dog.

Step 1

Rid your dog of fleas. Purchase a good flea shampoo and give your dog a bath. Place warm water in the bathtub, pour on the shampoo and wash the dog thoroughly, making sure the shampoo does not get in his eyes. Start at the top and work downward, paying attention under the legs of the dog. Rinse the dog well, making sure you rinse the fleas down the drain. You may want to wash the dog twice. Put on either Frontline or Advantage flea protection. This is placed between the shoulder blades. For the next 3 months, use the application every month because new fleas will arrive as you begin the process of removing the fleas from the yard and house.


Step 2

Attack the yard. Buy a flea control pesticide for the yard. Wherever the dog travels outside, spray the pesticide. If there is a path the dog uses for walking, spray it. Fleas deposit eggs on the dog which roll off onto the ground. It’s important to spray every area the dog has visited, being careful to stay away from plants. Some pesticides come in a granular form.

Step 3

Use pesticide in the house. If you wish to get rid of fleas permanently, you have to use pesticides. Begin by vacuuming the house in every corner and crevice. After vacuuming, throw the vacuum bag in the outside garbage. Remove clothing, dog dishes, pet food and birds, if you have any. Cover the fish tank if you have one. All residents of the house must leave for at least 2 to 3 hours, depending what pesticide is used.

Step 4

Apply the pesticide. There are a number of types of pesticides. You can use a powder, liquid pesticide or bombs. Bombs will have to be placed in every room, including the garage. Place the bomb on newspaper for easy cleanup. Close all windows and doors. Turn off the air conditioner. Release the bomb and leave. Bombs usually need 2 to 3 hours. Once you return, open the windows and put on the air or fans. Wrap the bomb in the newspaper and dispose outside. Vacuum the house. Because bombs only kill the fleas, you will have to repeat this process over the next 3 months to completely rid the house of all the stages of flea development. Liquid pesticides must be sprayed on the carpet, in the corners and crevices. Open windows and leave a fan on to help dry the pesticide and remove odors. The pesticide usually takes a few hours to dry. Look for a pesticide that has a growth inhibitor (IGR) to prevent the larvae from developing. Powders need to be sprinkled on the carpets, the dog bed and any areas where the dog likes to rest. There are a number of commercial products on the market. One is called Fleabusters that will take 4 to 6 weeks to entirely cut the cycle. Other products claim to work for up to a year.

Step 5

Be proactive. In order to keep fleas from infiltrating the home again, you must be diligent. Keep your dog free of fleas by applying flea applications such as Advantage or Frontline. Vacuum, dust and mop in all the areas your pet occupies. In the spring, before flea infestation begins, protect the yard area with a flea product.

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs

At some point, you may find yourself in a situation where your beloved pup gets fleas, and it happens to be the weekend or another time when you can’t get to the vet, and you want to get rid of the fleas fast. No one wants their dog to have fleas.

He’ll have a bad time scratching, and you could catch them from him. Even worse, the fleas could lay eggs in your house, and in just a few weeks you’ll have a full-blown infestation on your hands.

For this reason, we’re going to explain how to get rid of fleas on dogs fast, without even giving him a bath, so that both of you are protected from this bothersome parasite. We’ll also see how to do this with puppies, which are more sensitive than adult dogs.

Home remedy to get rid of fleas on dogs fast

Although they’re not as effective as conventional chemical products, like flea collars or pipettes, home remedies for fleas can be a lifesaver when you need to kill fleas ASAP.

Lemon juice is a natural flea repellent. All you have to do is squeeze a lemon and mix the juice in half a liter of water (about 2 cups). You can spritz this solution on your dog and comb his fur before it dries. This way, the lemon juice mixture will penetrate each layer of your dog’s fur, sending the fleas packing.

Apple cider vinegar is another great home remedy to kill fleas. Simply mix 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water and bathe your dog in the mixture. The smell will be intense, so it’s a good idea to give him a normal bath 15 minutes later to wash off the leftover vinegar.

Cedar bark is another natural flea repellent. You can boil half a pound (250 g) of cedar bark in a liter of water, and once it has cooled, spray your dog with the solution. The fleas will leave your dog immediately, with no need to bathe him.

You can find lots of home remedies to get rid of fleas in your house and on your dog, and you can even use all of them at the same time. Since they’re natural, there’s no risk for your furry friend.

How to remove fleas from a puppy without a bath

It’s very common for puppies to get fleas, but because they’re so small, you can’t give them a bath or use aggressive chemical products like flea pipettes or anti-parasite collars for dogs.

The best way to kill fleas on a puppy is with a spray called Frontline. It’s designed specifically to get rid of fleas on puppies without having to give them a bath. Simply spritz the product on them and rub with your hand so that it penetrates their fur.

Then, you can dry them with a towel so that they don’t feel cold or get sick. This product can be used safely on pups as young as three days old, killing all the fleas and lice that it touches.

If you can’t find this spray, you can use a spray bottle with a mixture of lemon juice and water, taking care not to get any in your puppy’s eyes.

How to get rid of fleas on your dog in minutes

If you want to remove your dog’s fleas immediately and you don’t mind buying from your vet’s office, the best way to do it is with a combination of products. As a result, not a single flea or lice will be left on your dog.

Buy a special flea shampoo or soap and bathe your dog with it. Let the product work for five minutes before rinsing with water to remove the residual soap.

Once your dog has dried off, put on an anti-parasite collar such as the one from Scalibor, which offers protection for three months. To be 100% sure you’ve eliminated all the fleas, you can also apply a flea pipette.

With these three steps, your dog will be completely clear of fleas, and he’ll be protected for several months.

Remember, if your dog has been sleeping in his bed with fleas, you’ll need to get rid of the fleas there too. You can wash the dog bed with very hot water to kill fleas and flea eggs, then dry it and place cloth balls with cedar bark on it to act as a repellent.

In this way, both you and your dog will be completely protected from these annoying pests. Don’t forget that fleas would rather live on dogs than on humans, but they can feed on you just as well.

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