How Do You Control Fleas in Your Home?

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To control fleas in your home, vacuum the house daily, bathe pets often and clean bedding with soapy water. Comb your pet once per week. Consult with your vet regularly if your pet is on a flea-control program.

Vacuum walls, floors, furniture, carpets and curtains frequently to eliminate fleas and prevent flea eggs from hatching. Be sure to clean areas where pets sleep and stay. After vacuuming, dispose of or empty the bag properly, and clean the vacuum cleaner canister thoroughly to prevent the fleas from reinfesting. Steam cleaning carpets may aid in controlling fleas as well. Use flea bombs or seek the services of a professional exterminator if necessary.

Wash bedding, curtains and towels in hot, soapy water.

After washing bedding and vacuuming the house, wash your pet with warm water and pet-safe soap. When combing your pet, focus on its tail and neck. Insert a flea comb in soapy water to kill and trap fleas and flea eggs. Ensure that you comb or wash your pet outdoors on paved or concrete surfaces. Once the pet is clean, apply essential oils made of peppermint, thyme, lemongrass or cedar. Oils that contain cinnamon, rue, eucalyptus or citrus may trigger serious allergic reactions.