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How to Get Rid of Fleas in The House

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Fleas are tiny, blood-sucking insects that live on small mammals. These are the most common and widespread pests in the world. In fact, they have invaded houses since the early 20th century and are now considered one of the foremost pet pests.

Flea bites cause irritation and itching which makes them quite difficult to deal with at first. However, they multiply quickly once you let them inside your home or yard, and they can cause serious health problems to your pets in addition to anyone else who comes into contact with them. Therefore, getting rid of fleas from your house is one of the first things you should do whenever they invade there. Keep reading to learn more about how you can get rid of fleas in your home — from top to bottom — so you never have to deal with them again!

How to Get Rid of Fleas in The House

The first step is always to start with the source of the problem. Yes, you will have to treat your pets, wash their bedding, and make sure they do not go back into flea-infested areas outside.

Of course, there are other sources, but this is the one you can see and do something about without spending a lot of money. There are other methods you can use as well:

Is flea removal different when you have pets versus when you don’t have pets? Check out our posts “How to get rid of fleas in a house with pets” and “How to get rid of fleas in the house without pets” to learn more.

Baking Soda and Salt on The Carpet

Baking soda in a bowl with a wooden spoon full of baking soda on a wooden counter

This is a slow method of killing fleas, but it is a very thorough one. This mixture will kill adult fleas, their eggs, and larvae all at the same time. It may take up to 24 hours to work but it does work.

All you have to do is mix the two ingredients together and then sprinkle them over your rugs and carpet. This is not a time to be conservative. Sprinkle liberally to make sure you get every flea in those areas.


close up of a person vacuuming carpet

This is a quick and easy method to use, and you can use this appliance on carpets, furniture, drapes, curtains, and even the walls. The vacuum sucks up the fleas, eggs, and so on and keeps them there until you throw the vacuum bag out in the trash.

You should throw the bag out immediately after covering your whole house. That way any that survive cannot walk back into those carpets and start the infestation all over again.

Steam Cleaning

Carpets being steam cleaned

This is a limited tool to use but you can steam clean many of the fleas, etc., out of your home. This tool is good for beds, box springs, carpets, and some pieces of furniture.

The steam kills the fleas and then sucks everything up including the dirt. You get rid of all the fleas at any stage of their life and have a clean area again.

Dishwashing Liquid & Water

Close up of the spout of a bottle of dish soap

Another cheap, quick way to kill fleas. Put some dishwashing liquid into a bowl of water. Then place the mixture in the spot you want and wait. The dishwashing liquid attracts the fleas and once inside the bowl keeps them there until they drown.

It is not fast, but it is effective. Plus, you can place these bowls in different rooms but keep them out of the way of any traffic paths.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House Fast

There are different methods that do kill fleas quickly and the following are but a few of those options:

Chemical Sprays

Bedroom being fogged with a flea bomb

You may not like the harsh chemical ingredients inside these anti-flea commercial cleaners, but they are quick working. Just spray where you think the fleas are and wait a little while.

You can use these sprays just about anywhere including baseboards, floors, and more. Just make sure you do not let the kids and the pets play in these areas until it is safe. You can spray in the basement and crawl space if you have those areas in your home.

Call The Professionals

Person in a white protective suit spraying chemicals along baseboards

When you do not have time to handle the problem, call the pros. These companies have the tools, equipment, and the right chemicals to kill fleas fast. Plus, they also can cover your whole house while you and the family are away at work or school.

One of you may have to take your pets with them to keep them safe or put them up at a pet hotel for a day or two. The only drawback is that the cost may be a bit expensive.

Use Natural Sprays

Hand spraying the opposite hand with clear liquid

This option should be safe for the whole family, and you can drive those fleas away as well as kill them by using natural ingredients. You have a wide range of natural ingredients you can use.

There is vinegar and water, lemon juice and water, borax, essential oils, and more. You may need to use more than one to make sure the fleas and their eggs, etc., are gone.

Wash Everything

Laundry room with a washing machine, wicker basket, and a chair with a robe over it

By that, we mean, that anything that can be put into the washing machine should go in the washing machine. Make sure to use hot water when you do this to kill all the fleas at every stage of their lives.

Use your dryer on those items that can be dried in a machine to make sure those creatures are dead. While the bedding etc., is washing and drying, you can use one of the above methods to make sure the fleas do not return

How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House Forever

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Unfortunately, nothing in this life is forever. The best you can hope for is a very long time. If you take the right steps, you may be able to keep those fleas from entering your home until you move to a new location.

One of the best options you have to employ is anti-flea foggers. These chemical devices go everywhere in your home, even where fleas are hiding. Sometimes carpet piles will hinder the fogger so you should vacuum all carpets and rugs first.

Before you set those foggers off, you should have a good plan of action. Think everything through so you get your whole house free from those fleas. This means you may have to use anti-flea sprays to cover some areas first.

The key will be to send your kids and your pets to safe locations until it is safe for them to return. That time period is roughly 24 hours or more. Do not let them back into the house until at least those 24 hours are up.

Another method you can try is placing dishwashing liquid and water in a bowl. If you spread these bowls around, you can capture a lot of fleas. This is a very low-cost way to fend off those creatures.

The drawback to both methods is that you may have to do it more than once. If you have pets, or you garden a lot, etc., you will always see fleas come into your home.

Of course, you could put natural flea repellent throughout your home in key locations. There are some top plants that drive fleas away as well as essential oils. Just use the ones that are not harmful to your pets.

These plants and essential oils should smell nice to use but fleas hate them Then you can aid those natural flea repellents by using other natural products like baking soda and salt to cover carpets and other similar items in your home.

Using more than one method at the same time doubles your defenses and keeps those fleas away for a very long time. Finally, you need to keep your yard free from fleas as well. There are great outdoor products that kill fleas and protect your pets at the same time.

If you keep them from coming into your home, then they are out almost forever.

What Naturally Kills Fleas in The House?

Bowl full of dried flowers and herbs

Many people do not like using anti-flea sprays, foggers, and professionals. The reason they do not like using those items is because of the harsh chemicals inside those options.

They prefer to use natural, safe for humans and pets methods to make sure they are safe. here are some natural methods you can use to kill fleas in your home:

Dishwashing Liquid and Water

Hand full of soap suds

Very quiet, very safe, and does a good job of killing fleas. But it does not kill larvae or eggs. You would need to use another method alongside this one to get those eggs, etc.

Also, this should be done on a daily basis. the good thing is you can use this option in every room in your house.

Herbal Flea Spray

Witch hazel flowers on the ends of a tree branch

It is a very good option to get rid of fleas. The good news is that you can make it yourself. Just mix 4 quarts of vinegar with 2 quarts of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and a 1/2 cup of witch hazel.

Mix well and put into a spray bottle. Then spray liberally around your home. Along with this method, you should wash your bedding and vacuum those rugs, etc to make sure you get all the fleas.

Flea Repelling Plants

Close up of orange chrysanthemums.

These plants contain different compounds that drive fleas away. The fleas do not like them and avoid them as much as possible. Some of those plants include- Penny Royal, Chrysanthemums, Lavender, and Spearmint.

When you mix these plants with baking powder & salt, lemon juice or other natural options you should have those areas of your home well protected. If you do not like these four plants, there are others you can put to good use.


Close up of rosemary

This is a good herb that repels fleas quickly. But you do not use rosemary alone. You mix it with some rue, wormwood, fennel, and peppermint then grind them to a powder.

Once it is in a powder, you sprinkle it around your home like you would baking soda and salt. Rosemary does not kill fleas or their eggs, etc., but it is a good repellent when you need one.

Some Final Words

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Fleas are a common pest in homes, and they can transmit dangerous diseases as well as annoying and frustrating symptoms. They can multiply quickly, which means there will always be more of them.

These pests should be taken seriously because they can easily spread disease and cause significant damage to your home and family’s health. Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of fleas.

When using conventional means to rid your house of fleas, you can find yourself dealing with an ongoing issue. Although these methods will get rid of fleas, for the most part, they may not be able to slow their growth or even their return.

If you want a better solution, then you must hire a professional exterminator to help get rid of them. You will also have to set up traps and other ways to catch the fleas and kill them when they try to escape the traps.

But remember, no matter what method you use, you will have to be diligent about it and follow through with it until you are completely rid of those pests.

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