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Having a pet is not an easy task on its own, put into the equation fleas and you have got your self a mess. Fleas are very hardy insects and can live outside even in the hard freeze for weeks. But fleas can also make their home on furniture like couches, rugs, and bed. Fleas lay eggs and can infest your entire house quite fast. Not to say that Fleas can be a very itchy problem for your pets.
Here are 15 effective ways to get rid of fleas but before I tell you about those let’s answer a few questions you might know.
How do I know fleas have infested my house?
There are many indicators of flea infestations:
- Does your pet seems to scratch more and seem uneasy? This can be a skin infection or the after-effects of flea bitting.
- Do kids in your house suddenly have an itchy head?
- Flea dirt on rugs and carpets.
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then my friend you have a flea infestation.
How to be sure its fleas?
- Look for adult fleas feces, they are very fine round black color droppings. It can be easily spotted on animals with light-colored fur. To spot them if they are not easily visible you can also spread a white sheet on the floor, and run a flea comb through your pet’s fur. The white sheet makes it easier to see the small black droppings.
- In the worst-case scenario, you could even see adult fleas crawling on your pets (again if they have light fur it makes it easier to spot fleas. They can generally be seen on the head of a dog or near the neck of a cat.
Why do you need to get rid of fleas quickly?
Apart from being a huge inconvenience for your pets, fleas can bite toddlers playing around in the house. Fleas can also spread parasites. In addition to this, although rare some of the most dangerous diseases in history were flea-borne (bubonic plague and typhus).
Your pets may also get tapeworm from an undetected flea infection which can also spread in humans. Ya I know that sounds scary because it is.
15 Effective Ways to get rid of fleas
Of course, when prevention does not work getting rid of the fleas becomes necessary. Here are some ways you can do this.
1. Baking soda
Being alkaline in nature baking soda (Bicarbonate of soda) is a staple in every household and is used to keep away many pests. Dust baking soda on rugs and carpets. Let the baking soda sit for 1 hour or so. And then vacuum those things. Empty the vacuum cleaner contents in a trash bag and throw it in a trashcan that is placed outside
2. Tea tree oil
Using diluted tea tree oil in a diffuser or as an added ingredient in your pet’s shampoo is a natural way to get rid of fleas. The pungent smell of tea tree oil will also prevent future flea infestation. One thing to be noted about tea tree oil is its concentration (take it as a warning and not just guideline as heavy concentration of tea tree oil can prone you to health risks).
Use diluted tea tree oil for fleas on dogs and around home. Since Tea tree oil is toxic, never use tea tree oil on cats as there is a risk of cats ingesting traces of tea tree oil.
3. Flea collars
Flea collars are great for both the prevention and cure of fleas. Just put them on your pet and they will disperse flea repellent substance regularly for several months eliminating fleas and preventing future attacks. It is one of the most relaxing and convenient methods to get rid of fleas for pet owners.
4. Flea Shampoos
Shampooing your pet with a good shampoo goes a long way in keeping them free from fleas. Make this a regular addition to your pet’s bath. Pro pet works Oatmeal pet wash and conditioner is by far the best flea shampoo you can buy for your pet. The best thing is it’s all-natural and made with organic ingredients. Don’t just take our word for it, try it and see the results for yourself.
5. Trap using Dishwashing Liquid
Liquid dish soap works as a trap for fleas. Place a bowl or tumbler (with a wide mouth) filled with water and liquid dish soap in every room. This concoction works as a trap for fleas and even houseflies. The viscosity of the solution doesn’t let them get out of the bowl. Now to attract flees you can leave food or place a lamp near the bowl. Do it every day with a fresh batch of this liquid solution. The main advantage of this method is you could actually see if this method works and know when to stop.
This is done in the worst-case scenario and is mostly used by professionals. You can also do it yourself using an insect fogger aka fog bombs. Cover all the utensils and eatables. Lock all the doors and windows. Now wear a mask and set up 2-3 fog bombs in each room (as required by the size of the room). Once done, leave the house for a few hours to let the fogger work its magic.
After you return open all the windows and doors and again stay outside for some time, till the smoke is completely gone. You can buy these fog bombs easily at Amazon.
7. Herbal solution
This herbal solution is made from non-toxic ingredients which makes it a very safe choice in a household with pets and children.
Things you will need:
- Vinegar (2 liters)
- Water (1 liter)
- Lemon Juice (250 ml)
- Witch Hazel (150 ml)
- A spray bottle
Before you go around spraying this solution clean your house. Vacuum rugs and carpets (Could use above baking soda hack) throw the contents of the vacuum in a dustbin that is placed outside. Wash pet beddings and bedsheets preferably with hot water. Once done with all this, generously spray the solution around the house, in all the places that you think might be affected by fleas.
8. Lemon Spray
A lemon spray is another great natural remedy used for eliminating the itchy insects. To make this spray.
- Cut up thin slices of lemon, put in boiling pan and add water.
- Heat up the solution for 15-20 minutes.
- Let the lemon solution sit overnight or 10-12 hours.
- Strain out the lemons and pour the solution into a spray bottle
- Spray in all the infected areas like couches, carpets, rugs, and pet beddings.
9. Flea Tablets
Although not as natural as other solutions in this article, flea tablets are a quick relief for your pet’s scratchy fur. Feed them to your pets when they come from places like grooming salon, vet, or park. Meanwhile, try flea spray and other solutions as this is not a permanent solution for your flea problem. Keep in mind these flea tablets only work on adult fleas and not flea eggs.
10. Flea Spray
Just like flea tablets, you can buy this from your nearby pet store or get it home delivered from Amazon. Unlike flea tablets, that only get rid of adult fleas, flea sprays also work as a cure for flea eggs.
Sprinkle salt on the affected area. Let the salt sit for a day and then vacuum. Empty the vacuum cleaner contents in a trash bag and throw it in a trashcan that is placed outside. Salt can be damaging for some kind of fabrics so be careful where you choose to use it. Due to its dehydration properties, salt helps in eliminating fleas.
Yes other than making your thanksgiving diner smell and taste amazing, it can also be used to treat a light flea infestation. Using rosemary may not be a cure but it sure is a good organic preventive measure for fleas.
To use rosemary for this purpose you need to grind dried rosemary, peppermint, rue, fennel, and wormwood into a powder. Then sprinkle this aromatic powder in all the areas you suspect are infested by fleas. Not only will it keep the fleas away but it also works as a homemade air freshener giving a misty fragrance to your home.
13. Flea Comb
Yes, it’s the most obvious and age-old thing to do but it still needs a mention. Here is a step-by-step process if you don’t know how to use it.
- Give your pets a hot water bath.
- Then use a fine flea comb to comb out the fleas.
- Pay extra attention in the neck area and the hindquarters.
- Keep a mug filled with a diluted solution of liquid dish soap. Dip the comb in it to drown the fleas so they do not jump away.
14. Grow Plants that Repel Fleas
There are some plants that can help you repel fleas along with keeping your home beautiful and green. How does this work? Plants like pennyroyal, spearmint, and lavender have certain natural oils and chemical compounds in them which helps in keeping insects like fleas at bay. And as an added bonus they smell so good, you won’t need that lavender-scented room freshener anymore.
15. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a very fine powder made up of fossilized algae, diatoms. This microscopic substance is non-toxic and can be used as an organic cure for fleas. Not only fleas, but diatomaceous earth can also kill all bugs that have an exoskeleton (such as ants, bed bugs, etc). Diatomaceous earth dries out the insects and kills them by absorbing oils and fats from their cuticles..
- Use food-grade diatomaceous earth to avoid irritation in the eyes.
- Wear a mask and protective glasses.
- Sprinkle the diatomaceous earth in flea affected areas and let it sit for 2-3 days.
- After 2-3 days, just vacuum the area.
If you have pets, then it becomes very important for you to take preventive measures (even with no pets, preventive measures are always good to go with). These are just some very general measures you would want to consider.
- Vacuum and sweep (possibly using a disinfectant) regularly.
- Wash pet bedding weekly (with hot water and detergent with disinfectant properties).
- Checking up on pets regularly with a flea comb to see if they have picked up fleas from other pets.
- Make sure you pick away any leftover food crumbs from carpets and floors as fleas tend to feed on organic matter.