If I may say something about these creepy insects, they’re always on the move to get a host – a warm vertebrate – that includes rabbits, dogs, and cats. Humans are not safe either because in more often than not, they can as well be the host of fleas. What’s more, they reproduce at a very faster rate and their eggs can remain dormant for even a year if the condition is not favorable. That therefore means that you have to be vigilant even after kicking them out of your home.
If fleas find their way into your house, you’ll do everything in your power to see to it that they’re no more. Even though doing that is as easy as it sounds, you might have struggled to get rid of them but in vain. If that’s the case, then you’re the reason why I conducted some research and sat down to write this article. Yours is to sit back and read on as you learn how easy it gets as far as kicking fleas out of your home is concerned.
Wash the pet bedding thoroughly
When these wingless insects invade your home, all you need to do is do some thorough cleaning. Throw all the pet beddings and everything that the pet loves to lie on into a washing machine. Turn the dryer on a high temperature setting and leave them there for 20 minutes. Since they can’t survive in a very hot environment, the ones that were taking refuge in the bedding will be history. Avoid putting the clean bedding from a washing machine in an area where they were before until cleaning is done there too.
Vacuum your house
To get rid of fleas, you need to vacuum everywhere in your house with much concentration to those areas which are not exposed to light because these insects love it when it’s humid and cool. Other areas to concentrate on while vacuuming the house are where you can spot dried blood as well as feces.
For all carpets, they need some treatment before vacuuming takes place. All you need to do is get salt and baking soda to sprinkle all over the carpets. Leave the carpets for some few hours so that all the hidden eggs dry out. You can now go ahead and vacuum everywhere.
When the exercise is complete, put the vacuum bag into a plastic trash bag and seal so that the fleas don’t escape.
Be sure not to allow your pets step on the carpet when you’ve applied salt and baking powder because they’re likely to lick their paws, which will obviously pick some powder from the carpet and that’s poisonous to them too.
Reduce the humidity
Studies show that fleas can only thrive in environments where the humidity is 50% and above and therefore if you can reduce it to less than 50% for at least 2 days, there would be no fleas within that area.
So, all you need to do is get some dehumidifiers, and keep the humidity in the areas that have been infested by fleas below 50%. If that goes for some 2 days, you’ll be able to destroy their eggs, kill all adults and larva.
Clean outdoor areas
Obviously, you pet sometimes hang out and there must be specific places it loves the most. Identify those areas and clean them well. Probably, it likes napping under some cool lawns as well as moist places especially during the day. Clean all those areas and try to expose the spots to the sunlight if possible. Trim your flowers in order to increase light penetration since fleas hate sunlight.
Treat your pet with a shampoo bath
Here, any gentle shampoo would get the job done. Be sure to start washing from the neck so that fleas would not get a chance to jump to the head of your pet. The number of fleas that will float on the water will surprise you if not please you since you’ve achieved to kill those irritating wingless insects.
Use herbal flea dip
Consider making your own because it’s not a complicated process. Here is how you can do that. Add to just enough amount of water 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves. Put the mixture into a pot and then boil for about 30-minutes before you strain. Do away with the leaves and add more water (should be warm). There you have it – your herbal flea dip – and you can slowly pour all of it on your pet. It’s advisable that you do this on a hot day because you won’t rinse or dry up your pet but leave it to air dry. As you know, that’s not healthy to your pet when the weather is cold.
At the time the dip dries on your pet, there would be no flea alive on that fur and your pet will be happy too.
Buy a flea comb
Every time you use any herbal dip on your pet, ensure that you use a comb designed to remove flea so that you get rid of any one of them that could have remain alive. Brush through with the comb until you’re convinced that the far is free from any flea.
Use citrus spray
I am not saying that you should go and by anything, but make it yourself at home. All you need is a lemon, water and a source of heat. Cut the lemon into small pieces and ad them to a pint of water and then boil. In that way, you’ll have made your spray. Don’t spray it immediately but leave it until tomorrow morning. Pour the liquid in a spray bottle and spray it in the invested areas. Don’t ignore the outdoor areas where your pet is fond of. On your pet’s fur, rub it gently. If you do this on a monthly basis, you’ll be able to get rid of all the fleas as well as avoid re-infestation.
The only disadvantage of using this spray is that it can cause stain on your pet’s fur. In addition, it can sometimes cause digestive discomfort in some pets.
Spray with white vinegar
This is how you can make a vinegar spray: Get a clean spray bottle, into it, add a quarter of distilled white vinegar, and fill the rest of the space ¾ with water. Because you’re going to use the spray to do cleaning, it’s advisable that you add soap for efficiency though that’s not compulsory.
Use the mixture to clean all the invested areas. If you like, you can just spray it throughout the house and you should do that once or twice a week in order to get rid of those small scrolling insects. That also ensures that your home is a no go zone for fleas and other pests.
Have pennyroyal around
If you plant this plant around your house, fleas will never even think of coming near. In case fleas already share your apartment with you, you’ve got to plant this because its oil is very powerful and will send them away. Even though it’s a long-term solution, it’s better because it offers a permanent solution, which many of us will go for.
However, if you have pets that love plants, don’t go for this option because it’s not good for the health of any pet too. Again, you should only plant it around if you don’t have children around.
Buy Diatomaceous Earth
In case you don’t know what it means; it’s the fossilized algae, diatoms. All you need to do is sprinkle it around the house and the moment any flea tries to cross where the powder is, it will coat, dehydrate and then die. What makes it more effective is that it makes the fleas agitated as well as come out in numbers and in that way, they meet their death. Ensure that you sprinkle the powder in all infested areas then leave it that way for about 24 hours. I bet you’ll watch with pleasure when these wingless intruders start dying after 6 hours. When they’re all dead, vacuum your house thoroughly as you pay more attention to the carpets and mattress edges.
Always use the food grade type when you want to eradicate fleas because it’s non-toxic to humans.
Use horse apples
If you can find horse apple, then you’ll be able to get rid of those flea from your home. Call it Osage orange if you like, or monkey ball, but what’s important to know, is that this apple that belongs to mulberry family is an effective repellent and will show those insects the door. Because they too can’t stand it in some way, they won’t be stubborn and they’ll leave your house in peace.
All you need to do is take a horse apple, cut it into pieces and then place them in strategic places like around the house or windows, inside the rooms as well as in the yards. You can leave them there and even forget that they exist because they’re even more effective when they’re rotten.