How Do You Get Rid of Fleas in a House?

Get rid of fleas in a house by removing fleas from your pets, vacuuming carpets and furniture, steam cleaning the carpets and washing affected bedding. In extreme cases, use a chemical insecticide.

  1. Remove fleas from your pets

    Go over your pet's fur with a flea comb. Dip the comb frequently in soapy water to kill the fleas. Bathe your pet regularly with soap, and apply monthly flea treatments.

  2. Vacuum the carpets and furniture

    Vacuum the carpets to get rid of flea eggs. Be thorough by removing clutter and moving furniture to vacuum underneath. Vacuum curtains, the spaces around kitchen cabinets, and the cracks along baseboards and in wooden floors. Thoroughly vacuum upholstered furniture and couch cushions.

  3. Clean the carpets and furniture

    If the problem persists, steam clean the carpets and upholstered furniture. You may have to steam clean them twice, as the heat kills the fleas but may not kill all the eggs.

  4. Wash bedding

    Wash your pet's bedding once a week in hot, soapy water to kill resident fleas. If your pet climbs up on your bed sometimes, wash your bedding weekly as well.

  5. Use insecticides

    As a last resort, use chemical insecticides such as fogs or sprays. Keep children and pets away from the area while applying the insecticide and waiting for the air to clear. Follow safety directions on the label.