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Remove Fleas In the Home

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Our pets are members of our families, but sometimes pets unknowingly invite an unwelcome guest to take up residence in our carpets, couches, and corners. Fleas are one of the most annoying insect infestations that can occur in a home. Find out how to get rid of fleas and keep them from coming back.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Rid pets of fleas first.

    The first step to getting fleas out of your home is to treat the cause of the fleas first. Usually an infestation occurs because of a pet. Treat your pets for fleas first, including a prevention flea collar or medicine before you go to all the work of ridding your home of fleas.

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  2. Vacuum.

    Vacuuming is your first, last, and best approach to killing fleas. Vacuuming will kill the major percentage of adult fleas, young fleas, and eggs. Move furniture, and vacuum thoroughly. Don't forget to use your vacuum cleaner attachment to vacuum edges of the room, and hard to reach corners. Be sure to vacuum upholstery, and in the crevices and crannies of your furniture.

  3. Wash linens.

    Using the warmest water that can be tolerated for the clothing, wash any pillows, bedding, or other fabrics that may have been exposed to fleas. Dry thoroughly.

  4. Vacuum again.

    A repeat vacuuming, and subsequent frequent vacuuming over the coming days, will help to get rid of any remaining fleas.

  5. Consider commercial help.

    Chemicals are often my last resort to get rid of pests, but if your infestation is severe, you may need the help of a professional product or pest control service. Be sure to use caution and follow meticulous directions if this type of intervention is needed. Take care to protect your pets and family by thoroughly reading instructions and following them diligently.


  1. Borax has been known to be an effective home remedy. Borax sprinkled over the affected area and then vacuumed away can help to give a speedy death to fleas. Use caution because pets or children who ingest Borax will become ill.

What You Need

  • Flea Treatment for pets
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing machine
  • Commerical flea products or services
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