How to Control Flea Infestation in Your Home

Bidisha Mukherjee Jun 6, 2019
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Flea infestation is a common occurrence in a warm and humid climate. However, it is not an easy task to tackle them. Let's see how to get rid of them from your home.
Fleas are tiny, wingless parasites with a horizontal flat shape and dark red color. They have a strong piercing mouth and feed themselves on blood sucked from humans and animals. Each female flea can lay around 50 eggs in a day.
They often choose the soft fabric of carpets in our homes for laying eggs. Other areas of flea infestation are furniture items like sofas, tables, vehicle upholstery, etc. Fleas badly affect your cuddly pets by infestation into their thick fur.
When the fleas stay in the fur of the pet, they suck blood from them and cause various diseases. Fleas can bite humans too and cause different types of infections too.

How to Get Rid of Fleas?

Flea extermination is not at all an easy task. You need to invest a lot of time and effort before you can achieve success in destroying them.

Vacuum Cleaning

There is no better treatment for active infestation than vacuum cleaning. It can pick up both the adult forms as well as the pupae forms of fleas. You can put a few mothballs in the vacuum cleaner bag before installing it into the vacuum cleaner for best results.
Vacuum clean the carpets, bare floors, upholstered furniture, mattresses, cushions, rugs, drapes, everything. Also do not spare any nook or corner of the house. After every use of vacuum cleaner, make sure you remove the vacuum cleaner bag and dispose it off in a trash can outside the house.

Diatomaceous Earth

The fleas that were missed by your vacuum cleaner can be killed with the help of diatomaceous earth. It is easily available in any farmer supply stores in powdered form.
Sprinkle a little amount of this powder on carpet, mattresses, area under the chairs and all other places where your pets sleep. It dehydrates the fleas and kills them. Do not use it in excess amount because if inhaled, it is harmful for both humans as well as pets.

Wash the Linen

All linen that comes in contact with the pets should be washed in hot water and detergent powder. It includes pet bedding, scatter rugs, throw pillows, and even your car seat covers. Dry them under the sun. This is because the fleas are unable to survive in hot condition.

Clean the Pets

Try to comb out fleas from the fur of your pet. Immerse a few pieces of lemon in boiling water overnight. Spray this solution all over your pet, particularly the armpits, back of the head, and behind the ears.
Then bathe your pet with a good quality anti-flea shampoo. There are herbal flea collars available for the pets too. However, it is advisable to consult your vet prior to the use of such type of collars on your pet.

Preventive Measures

Finally, when you have gotten rid of the infestation, it is important to take certain measures so that they do not come back. Eucalyptus leaves act as good repellents. At the same time, they do not cause any harm to children, pets or the environment.
They are available in drugstores and health food stores. Spread these leaves in various locations in and around your house. The smell of the leaves will prevent the fleas from entering your house.
Boil some of the eucalyptus leaves in water and let it cool down. Use it in the bath water of your pet. Your carpets can be prevented from fleas by spreading borax on them before vacuum cleaning them.
Many people use flea bombs for the purpose of flea control. The ingredients of these bombs inhibit the reproduction of the fleas and thus get rid of infestation. However, it is not safe for children and pets. Therefore, it is advisable to use the safer options given in this information.