Fleas are insects of the order Siphonaptera. These wingless insects feed on blood of the warm-blooded animals, and they can thrive in a moist and humid environment. Their presence can be a common nuisance in your house, if you have pets, as dogs and cats are the important carriers or hosts of this insect.
After vacuuming, spray some salt on the carpets and leave it overnight. Next day, vacuum the carpet again. Salt would kill fleas present in the carpet by dehydrating them. Salt can be used for other flea-infested parts of your house as well.
Along with regular vacuuming, keep the bedding and rugs clean by washing them in soapy water. Flea traps can also be used for controlling the population of these insects.
Some other popular choices for controlling flea infestations are, citrus sprays, insect growth inhibitors, pyrethrins, and sorptive dust. However, talk to a professional or expert regarding the safety of such products. The natural remedies for fleas however, do not pose any health hazard.
Regular baths can help kill fleas on kittens and puppies to a great extent. You can also use some natural flea repellents like lavender, citronella, and cedarwood oil for this purpose. You can mix both the oils with almond oil to make an effective homemade flea repellent.
Removing Fleas from the Yard
Along with your house, your yard can also harbor fleas, in which case these insects will reinfest your house no matter how much you try to keep your house clean. To evict fleas from your yard, you can use diatomaceous earth. The sharp edges of diatomaceous earth cut the exoskeleton of insects like fleas, which dehydrates them.
However, diatomaceous earth can be harmful for your pets. Like diatomaceous earth, borax can also be sprayed on your lawn.
If the problem persists for a long time, or if the flea infestation is quite severe, then consider to take some professional help.