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What is the best way to get rid of fleas in my house?

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Remove fleas from the home by treating pets with a flea preventative, vacuuming rugs, washing bedding and applying an appropriate insecticide. If the insecticide does not kill fleas as eggs, they hatch again in about two weeks, requiring more treatment, reports the ASPCA.

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What is the best way to get rid of fleas in my house?
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Fleas come into the home through both humans and pets, according to the ASPCA. Once inside, they also move into the fur of animals that do not go outside the home. They reproduce rapidly to cause a problem. Each animal living in the home, not just those with an obvious flea problem, requires treatment to eliminate the problem. A veterinarian is able to prescribe an appropriate treatment program for each animal. It is impossible to remove all the fleas from the home until the pet's flea problem is under control.

Vacuuming the rugs helps to remove live fleas and eggs, according to About.com. Disposing the bag outside the house ensures the fleas do not crawl out to reinfest the clean area. Washing bedding in laundry detergent and hot water helps kill any eggs and fleas it contains.

If other measures fail to eliminate the flea problem, an appropriate insecticide is sometimes beneficial. Insecticides are available as powders, foggers and sprays, states the ASPCA. Use of foggers requires removing all pets and humans from the home for the designated amount of time.

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