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Fleas Be Gone: How To Get Rid Of Fleas In House

February 09, 2024

By Rachel Maldonado

Fleas Be Gone: How To Get Rid Of Fleas In House

Are you tired of watching your dog scratch helplessly at flea bites? Sick of finding evidence of flea infestations all over your house?

Don’t worry – the stress stops here.

In this post, we’ll be sharing with you some effective methods for how to get rid of fleas in your house once and for all. 

Let’s take a closer look.

Identifying Fleas

If you’re scratching yourself silly or your beloved pet is constantly itching, it may be time to investigate whether fleas might be to blame. These little bugs may be small in size, but they can wreak havoc on your home, pets, and even your sanity! Identifying fleas is the first step to getting rid of them once and for all.

So, what do fleas look like? They’re tiny insects, usually less than 1/8 inch long, and they’re reddish-brown in color. They have flat bodies that allow them to move easily through the fur of animals and the weave of fabrics. Fleas are notorious for their jumping abilities – they can leap more than eight inches vertically and over a foot horizontally. Talk about Olympic-level athletics!

Flea bites are another telltale sign of an infestation. These bites can appear on both humans and animals and look like small red marks that are often surrounded by a halo of reddish skin. They’re incredibly itchy and irritating, and scratching only makes things worse (not to mention can lead to open sores and infection).

If you suspect your pet has fleas, one way to check is by using a flea comb. This is a specially designed tool that allows you to comb through your pet’s fur and catch any fleas or flea dirt (that’s the dried blood and feces that fleas leave behind). Flea dirt looks like tiny black specks and can often be found on your pet’s bedding, too.

Another clue that you have fleas in your home is the presence of flea eggs. These are tiny white oval-shaped objects that can often be found in the crevices of your furniture, beds, carpets, and pet bedding. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day, so it’s important to act fast once you’ve identified an infestation.

Top Flea Prevention Tips

The best way to get rid of fleas is to stop them from getting into your home in the first place. So, what can you do to keep these pests at bay?

First on the list is washing your pets regularly. Fleas love to hang out on our furry friends, using them as a mode of transportation into our homes. But if you shampoo your pets with flea shampoo every couple of weeks, you’ll reduce the chances of any pesky fleas hitchhiking their way inside. Plus, your pets will smell and feel great, so it’s a win-win situation.

Next up is vacuuming. We know it can be a pain (especially if you have pets that shed a lot), but trust us – it’s worth it. Flea eggs and larvae love to hang out in carpets, so regular vacuuming will help to keep their populations in check. Make sure to concentrate on areas where your pets spend a lot of time, like their beds or the area in front of the couch where they like to nap.

Finally, keep your yard clean. Fleas thrive in damp, shady areas, so make sure to remove any piles of leaves or debris. Mow your lawn regularly and trim any overgrown shrubs or trees to let more sun in. And, if you have a sandbox or play area for your kids, make sure to keep it clean and covered when not in use. Limit wildlife from gaining access to your yard. Deer, raccoons, and possums can all carry fleas, leaving them in the yard for your pets to pick up.

How to Get Rid of Fleas for Good

So, how can you get rid of fleas for good? 

First up, flea bombs. These bad boys are designed to fill your home with a fog-like substance that penetrates every nook and cranny, effectively killing off any fleas in their path. It’s a quick and easy solution, but be sure to follow the directions on the package and evacuate your home for the duration of the treatment. 

Next, sprays. These can range from natural options like peppermint oil to chemical-powered formulas that get the job done quickly. When using sprays, make sure you treat every area of your home where fleas might hide – furniture, carpet, pet bedding, and the like. 

There are also powders. These can be sprinkled on carpets, furniture, and even your pets (as long as it’s vet-approved!), allowing the powder to work its magic overnight before being vacuumed up in the morning. 

But – and this is a big one – don’t neglect your pets! They’re the ones who likely brought those fleas into your house in the first place, so be sure to treat them with a flea medication recommended by your veterinarian. Keep in mind that not all fleas will die instantly after treatment, so be prepared for a potential follow-up treatment.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it – a comprehensive guide on how to get rid of fleas in your home. From identifying the problem to adopting preventative measures and ultimately eliminating the fleas altogether, these tips are sure to leave you feeling like a pest control pro.

But remember, sometimes even the best DIY remedies aren’t enough. Don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help if you’re feeling overwhelmed. At Hawx Pest Control, we have a team of experts ready to tackle any pest problem you may be facing. Join our family of satisfied customers and say goodbye to those pesky fleas for good.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t let fleas take over your home – take back control and show those unwelcome guests the door.


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