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How to Treat a House with Fleas

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The good news is there are lots of methods you can use to get rid of fleas that have entered your home. The trick is to pick the one or ones that will be the most effective. Then once treated use some defensive measures to keep them away.

To find out about these methods, just continue to read our article. It will list as many as it can to help you fight fleas in your home. There are quite a few options to choose from.

Need help figuring out if your house has fleas? Check out our post “Does My House Have Fleas?” to learn more.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House Fast

As we have said, there are many different methods you can use. Some are natural and some are filled with chemicals that may not be great for your family in the long run. Here is a list of many of those options you can use:

  1. Vacuum furniture, carpet, bedding, mattresses, and your pet’s bedding.
  2. Wash everything- You can use a brush on furniture but wash your carpets, clothing bedding, and pet items in the washing machine.
  3. Spray flea repellent or killer all over your home or use a fogger.
  4. Spray natural flea repellents all over your home.
  5. Make your own flea repellent from essential oils and spray it over your home.
  6. Sprinkle, baking soda, salt, or boric acid over your furniture and carpets.

How Long Does It Take to Get Rid of Fleas in the House?

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You may see fleas continue to thrive in your home for up to two weeks after the treatment. That is because many flea killers do not kill the eggs, larvae, or pupae. Until they become actual fleas these different stages may be impervious to the treatment.

Vacuuming and baking soda, or salt are thorough ways to get rid of all stages of flea life. Also, since the eggs are designed to roll anywhere, they can roll outside the kill zone and survive.

The length of time it takes you to get rid of the fleas in your home will depend on these factors as well as the type of flea killer you use. Each product will have a different set time to work and the best thing to do is keep vacuuming your home and spraying your bedding and furniture with flea repellent until they are all gone.

Why Can’t I Get Rid of Fleas in My House?

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The main reason this is a situation you face is that the flea eggs roll anywhere and everywhere. Once they hatch, the flea can find a host and start laying more eggs. This is especially true if you have a dog or a cat in the room.

Or your pet brings those fleas into your home even after treatment. Flea-killing products for pets do not stop fleas from jumping onto your pet and hitching a ride inside.

Another possibility is that you have a flea infestation somewhere in your home and it has been able to avoid all the flea killing methods you have tried. Then you may be bringing them into your home through your clothing. If you walk through vegetation that has fleas, they will hitch a ride with you.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get Rid of Fleas Cheap and Easy?

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Vacuuming is probably the fastest and cheapest way to get rid of fleas. Just pull your vacuum out and make sure it can deep clean and then vacuum your rugs, carpets, furniture, and bedding. Don’t forget your pet’s bedding.

The vacuum sucks up all the stages of a flea’s life and kills them. Although it may not kill all of them, so you need to throw the bag in the outside trash even if it is not full.

Baking soda or salt are other cheap and quick ways to get rid of fleas. They two will kill all stages of the flea’s life so you do not have to worry about seeing more fleas. Washing clothing, bedding, and your pet’s things will also be quick and fairly cheap.

Then you can try essential oils or vinegar and water to rid your home of those fleas.

Some Final Words

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Fleas will invade your home if you have a pet. But if you take the right precautions and use the right flea removing methods, they will be gone quickly. One thing to remember, even if you only see one flea, you still have a flea problem. They love to lay eggs and you will have an infestation soon if you do not get rid of that flea and its eggs, etc.

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