How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House
Fleas are annoying pests that can carry and transmit diseases to humans. If you have a dog or cat, chances are, you’ve seen a flea, and know that they can be a time-consuming problem. The main question we get from customers is “How to get rid of fleas in the house?”
Because fleas are so tiny, they can be hard to notice until you have an infestation. There’s no reason to panic, though, because there are a few steps to take to determine if you have fleas and how to get rid of fleas in the house.
How to know if you have a flea problem
- Look on your pet – if you see your pet scratching itself more than usual, it might be a sign of fleas. Check on pets with lighter colored coats, using a flea comb to brush out any of the pests. Any fleas you brush out can be doused in soapy water to kill them.
- Look on yourself – if you start to notice small, red, itchy bites on your legs, they may be flea bites. Refrain from itching them if possible.
- Look around your house – flea droppings, also called flea dirt, is reddish brown or black, and looks like pepper. If you spot these droppings on the floor of your home, it could be another sign of infestation.
How to get rid of fleas in the house
- Bathe your pet – a medicated flea bath will kill any fleas that are hidden in your pet’s coat. Let your pet spend as little time as possible outdoors to prevent them from bringing in more fleas.
- Clean bedding – clean your bed sheets, and any bedding that your pet uses regularly.
- Clean your house thoroughly – vacuum and shampoo carpeting, and wash any hardwood or tile floors
- Home treatments – using sprays and foggers can be an option, but please note that the chemicals in these products can be harmful to sensitive humans and pets.
- Professional pest removal – It’s the most effective and simplest way to get rid of fleas in the house. Call for a free inspection and we’ll help you determine if in fact it is a flea infestation or another issue. We’ll then suggest affordable treatment options to treat and prevent future flea infestations.
Be sure to call your local pest control company, Capitol Pest, before cleaning and bathing your pest. It’s best to perform a free inspection with the current state of the problem so we know what we’re dealing with and can offer the best treatment suggestion.