The least expensive way to remove fleas from your house requires you to treat the pet as well as the area that the pet occupies by using household products that can be obtained inexpensively.
- Brush the dog or cat with a fine-toothed comb
Groom your pet with a fine comb made for treating fleas or lice. Each time you comb the pet, dip the comb in a solution of water and dish soap.
- Bathe the pet to treat the root of the problem
To treat the fleas on your pet inexpensively, turn again to the dish soap. Dish soap is able to suffocate fleas reliably, making it a good choice. Make sure to start at the neck of your pet and work your way down to minimize them escaping to the head.
- Treat the home
The carpet in your home can be a hatching ground for fleas. Treat the carpet with food grade diatomaceous earth, allow it to sit for at least a few hours and follow up with a thorough vacuuming. Make sure to treat any furniture or beds the dog may use.
- Treat the yard
Do a quick test of your yard by walking around with athletic socks pulled to the knees. If any fleas are present, you should treat the yard as well. A cheap solution for yard treatment is the application of nematodes, tiny organisms that kill fleas. Look for nematode kits online or at a local home improvement store.