How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home
Fleas in your home can be distressing. Follow these steps to get rid of them.
Discovering that you have fleas in your home can be distressing. After all, fleas can impact the health and well-being of pets as well as cause you to feel uncomfortable in your own abode. Don’t panic! With the right approach and some diligence, you can get rid of these irritating pests and reclaim your space. Take the steps below to get rid of fleas in your home. Be thorough and don’t skip any steps—that’s the key to effective flea control.
Treat Your Pet
In the vast majority of flea infestations, the fleas were inadvertently brought indoors by the family cat or dog. Pets can get fleas simply by running around the yard, taking their daily walk with you around the neighborhood, or coming into contact with another animal that has fleas. If you have multiple pets, you'll need to assume that they all have fleas and treat them accordingly. Be sure to discuss all flea treatments and prevention options with your vet before applying or giving anything to your pet.
Treat Your Home
Clean & Treat Pet Bedding. If you have a severe infestation, you may want to consider discarding your pet's bedding, which is likely to contain fleas and flea larvae. Otherwise, treat your pet’s bedding with Ortho® Home Defense® Dual-Action Bed Bug Killer (which also kills fleas), following label directions. Once the bedding has been treated and allowed to dry, wash it in hot, soapy water (and make a note to continue to wash it on a regular basis). Old pet toys, particularly plush ones, should be sealed in plastic bags and thrown out.
Vacuum Your Home. Vacuuming removes fleas as well as flea larvae, eggs, and flea dirt (specks of blood and flea feces), so vacuum your home thoroughly. Be sure to use corner attachments to get into corners and hard-to-reach places, like under your bed. Move the sofa and other upholstered furnishings to vacuum thoroughly beneath them. Vacuum your draperies (this might be the ideal time to wash them), throw pillows, and uncarpeted floors, too. Afterward, place the vacuum cleaner bag in a sealed plastic bag and dispose of it in your outdoor trash bin immediately. Continue to vacuum daily until all signs of the flea infestation are eliminated.
Kill Fleas. To kill any remaining fleas, use Ortho® Home Defense® Dual-Action Bed Bug Killer to treat around beds, furniture, and anywhere where pets are kept. Then use Ortho® Home Defense® Bed Bug, Flea & Tick Killer to treat carpeting and floors and Ortho® Home Defense® Bed Bug, Flea & Tick Killer Powder to treat hard-to-reach areas where fleas may also be hiding. Be sure to always follow the directions on the product labels.
Treat Your Yard
After ridding your house of fleas, your pets can bring them back indoors if you don’t also treat your yard. Use Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer for Lawns Granules to kill fleas living in the lawn. Then create a barrier around your home with Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer for Lawn & Landscape or Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter2 to help keep future fleas out.
As you work to rid your home of fleas, you may need to perform some tasks more than once. For instance, vacuuming daily or every other day for several weeks will help ensure that you capture them all. Using a flea comb on your pet daily or a couple times a day can also help you more quickly eliminate your flea problem.