How to Get Rid of Fleas Indoors

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Get Rid of Fleas Indoors
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Fleas are small parasitic insects that infect both animals and humans. They live in the hair of the host and will feed on its blood regularly, leaving bumps and possibly transmitting diseases. Fleas will migrate from the animal and into the carpet of a home, often laying eggs and maturing in the carpet before finding a host to inhabit. Because fleas are so small, they can be difficult to eliminate. However, you can get rid of fleas indoors by using the proper techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Borax
  • Vacuum
  • Steam cleaner
  • Bug bomb
  • Pie pan
  • Vegetable oil
  • Flashlight

Sprinkle borax over your carpet throughout the house. Fleas lay a large portion of their eggs in the carpet, and this will prevent them from hatching, as well as kill fleas that come in contact with the borax.

Allow the borax to sit for two to three hours, and then vacuum thoroughly. Immediately dispose of the vacuumed debris in a trash can outside of the house. This will prevent any fleas that were vacuumed from going back to the carpet.

Steam clean the carpet immediately after vacuuming. The steam will kill the fleas, their larva, and their eggs on contact, before they have a chance to repopulate.

Use a bug bomb to eliminate any fleas from inside the house. Ensure the bomb has an insect growth regulator, which kills fleas during any stage of maturity. Follow the manufacturer's directions as closely as possible.

Fill a pie pan with one part water and one part vegetable oil. Place it in the center of a room before going to sleep at night and place a small light, such as a flashlight, just over the pan. The fleas will migrate toward the light and jump into the pie pan, where they drown. Repeat nightly in each room of the house until the pans no longer pick up fleas.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prevention is the best way to control fleas. Use insecticides on your lawn to kill the fleas there. Also, the use of flea medication on animals will greatly reduce the number of fleas that enter the house.
  • Ensure that no pets or children are near the borax after it has been sprinkled. It can be hazardous if ingested or inhaled.

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