How Do You Get Fleas Out of Your House?


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To eliminate a flea infestation, clean and vacuum the home daily, and apply pesticide to the affected areas. Wash all pet bedding, and bathe pets on the same day the home is treated with pesticide. Continue treatments for up to four weeks to completely remove the fleas from the home.

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  1. Clean the home

    Remove all small items such as toys and clothing from the floor of the home, and remove items stored in closets. After the floor is cleaned, vacuum all areas of the home to remove as many fleas as possible. Immediately after vacuuming, place the vacuum bag in a heavy garbage bag, and dispose of the bag outdoors. Continue vacuuming daily for two to four weeks after treating the home with pesticide.

  2. Clean pet bedding, and bathe pets

    Wash all pet bedding in hot water, and bathe pets in a commercial flea shampoo. Bedding that cannot be washed should be thrown away.

  3. Apply pesticide

    Spray the home thoroughly with a pesticide that is labeled for indoor use. Aerosol sprays that contain permethrin and methoprene or pyriproxyfen are recommended to control flea infestations, according to the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky The lawn can be treated with a pesticide labeled for outdoor use. Keep pets away from areas treated with pesticide until the spray is completely dry.

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