How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home

How to get rid of fleas in your home

Remove Those Pesky Fleas From Your Home Once And For All!

Fleas! If you have never had them…thank your lucky stars! And if you do have them, you will need to get rid of them, not just from your pets, but from your home! Once they begin to live in your home with you, it will be a job to get rid of every single one!

But never fear! There are ways to battle fleas. Got some armor? That could help since fleas won’t like armor much. But even if you don’t have armor, you can still wage war against them like the best warrior out there!

Before you begin on your home, make sure your pets have had their flea treatments. Once you know your pets are clear, you can work on the house. It’s best to do this with all pets out of the home to make sure no harm comes to anyone.

fleas in homeThen look around to see where your infected pet has been. Any pet bedding, people bedding, any small rugs, blankets, etc. that can be washed in your washing machine should be tossed in and washed in very hot water. And once those are clean, you can move to those things that can’t be washed in this way.

You want to vacuum upholstered furniture and carpeting well. Remove the cushions and vacuum everywhere. Do the best job you’ve ever done! Then sprinkle borax on the upholstery and even in carpeting. If you have skin that’s sensitive, you would want to wear long sleeves and pants so you’re covered up. And if you have any breathing problems, a mask would be wise. Once you’ve sprinkled the borax around, you must leave it to sit about 45 minutes.

Then it’s time to vacuum again and once you’re done, get rid of that vacuum bag. You don’t want any fleas to escape and start the war all over again, do you? If you see any more fleas after doing this, go back and do it again.

Having a lint roller is a great way to tell if fleas are still around. If your pet has been in your lap, run a lint roller over yourself and check it for fleas. It’s great to use in other places, too, just to check. And if you find any, you know where you will need to begin treating again.

It’s good to know that if you don’t want to use borax, you can check other insecticides to see if they meant to use against flea infestations. When you find the one you want, read all the instructions and warnings first. And heed the warnings. They aren’t there as a joke.

If all else fails, call in a professional! There are people who really do this for a living and they understand the risks. They would most likely need to spray or bomb your home while you and your pets are out of it for a specified amount of time. But check with them to see what they would want to do and their costs to figure out what’s best for you.

And don’t forget! Once the fleas are gone from your home once and for all, make sure your pets are protected well from any future flea problems! Once you’ve gone through all of this, you really don’t want to go through it all over again!

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