If there are fleas in your house, but you don't' have any pets, it's a serious issue that requires immediate attention. Read some helpful tips and suggestions here.
Feb 8, 2019
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It's true that pets are the most easiest way fleas can enter your home. However, the tension rises when there are no pets in the house and you can't seem to understand why this is happening.
One of the reasons is that during summers, fleas are capable of surviving in the open, without the need of an animal; they are present in your backyard or front garden.
Even you can be the reason behind bringing fleas to your home. Let's say you went to visit a friend, at his/her home or a public place (building, park, restaurant, etc.), and they have flea infestation. You can easily transport the female fertile fleas and bring it directly inside your home.
On the other hand, the chances of flea infestation occurs if you have bought a new home and you've moved in. An empty property is also home to fleas. You never know where you can find these annoying fleas. One, out of all these possibilities is the reason why you have fleas in your house when there are no pets.
Getting Rid of Fleas
Before the infestation becomes an unmanageable task, it's important to take prompt action at the earliest. You don't want the fertile fleas to start laying eggs and making an army. So before the eggs have the chance to hatch and hide in every corner of your house, implement some steps immediately.
1. The first thing you need to do is vacuum pretty much everything. Vacuum carpets, curtains, couches, rugs, wooden floors, and kitchen floors as well.
2. The next step is to wash and clean mattresses, cushions, carpets, curtains, rugs, beds, etc.; don't leave anything behind. You should also clean the walls of your home.
3. Replace the vacuum bags, and repeat the vacuuming and cleaning process after a week or 10 days. If all the eggs or pupae (fleas in cocoon form) weren't removed, you need to follow the sanitation process one more time.
4. Now we will use the flea spray that has adulticide and larval growth inhibitor which can easily get rid of the flea infestation. Make sure you close all the doors and windows, close the vents, and ask everyone in the house to stay out for at least 3―4 hours.
5. If you have wooden or vinyl floors in the house, prepare a mixture of white vinegar and water (equal parts). Place in a bottle and spray it over the floors. Use a mop to clean the area thoroughly.
6. Here's another way to sanitize your carpets, rugs, cushions, and curtains. Make a powder of borax and salt, and sprinkle this mix on everything you want to clean. Leave the items as they are overnight or 1 day, and then vacuum everything clean. The flea eggs will die due to this mix, and you can easily vacuum it out. Change the vacuum bags.
Another good and effective remedy is making a flea trap. You make a flea trap by placing honey on a Styrofoam plate and keep it where you think maximum number of fleas are.
Place the cover of a table fan on top and leave the plate alone overnight. The next morning, you'll see fleas stuck in honey. Discard the plate, make a fresh new trap, and repeat. You will definitely catch fleas this way.
The task can become a bit simpler because you don't have to bathe the pets, clean the beddings, and keep them from bringing the fleas back in the house.
Now although the techniques mentioned are effective, the chances of flea infestation can reoccur. Which is why, you need to keep your house and the surrounding sanitized. Follow a regular cleaning and sanitizing schedule so that you can avoid any further flea re-infestation.