How To Remove Fleas With A Deep Clean Of Your Home

dog

Are you an animal owner who has experienced that dreaded moment when you discover fleas in the fur of your pet? The bad news is that the fleas that you’ve found in their coat only make up about 5% of the problem, the rest are already inhabiting your home. Your first thought might be to call pest control services, which would certainly be a quick way to rid your home of these pests. However, it can also be an expensive option. Deep cleaning your home is something that you can do yourself, with a little elbow grease, some professional flea removal products and the following tips.

Collect Your Pet’s Bedding and Accessories

Fleas are most likely to come into contact with areas of your home that your pet frequents – these might be dog or cat baskets, litter trays, favorite daytime sleeping spots and anywhere that you keep food and water bowls. Any item that belongs to your pet, including toys and bedding should be collected and thoroughly disinfected, or discarded.

Tackling Your Floors

Next, it’s time to remove fleas from your upholstery and flooring. There are different methods of deep cleaning your floors depending on whether they are hard or carpeted.

If you have carpets in your home, then begin by using a flea fogging spray and applying insecticide powder into your carpet. Read the specific instructions on the packet and then follow-up by vacuuming your floor. By doing so, you’ll suck up the deep-lying flea larvae that has taken root in your carpet fibers and force them into contact with the insecticide that is present in the top layer of the fabric. Always throw away the vacuum bag after use, as the vibrations can cause the flea pupae to hatch inside.

Hard floors can be tricky to handle, but you should start by running your usual vacuum for wooden flooring across the room, ensuring that you remove all furniture and pay attention to dark nooks and crannies and the edges of your room. Although wooden or laminate flooring may appear easier to treat for fleas than carpet, the problem is that the eggs can fall between the cracks of floorboards or laminate tiles. Therefore, it’s essential that you treat along the lines and where the flooring meets the skirting boards to ensure you’ve covered every possible patch. Pay particular attention to areas where your pet tends to hang out.

Treating Your Pet

You should also treat your pet with flea medication, preferably on the same day that you’re deep cleaning your home. There are some over-the-counter medications that are available to treat flea infestations in pets, but many owners feel more comfortable visiting a vet for some professional guidance. Some treatments may need to be reapplied after a week or two, so be sure to stick to the recommended dosage to keep fleas at bay.

Even if you’re one of those lucky pet owners that hasn’t yet had fleas brought into the home, it always pays to be prepared. Invest in some basic insecticides and flea fogging sprays so that you’re ready if disaster does strike.

Speak Your Mind

*