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How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home

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The truth about fleas in your carpet & home may result in the heebie jeebies. Reveal the hidden world of fleas below.

Did you know the fleas you see on your pet only make up 5% of the total flea population in your home? Flea eggs and larvae hide deep in the fibers of your carpeting, furniture and even your pet's bed. Those you see are just a small fraction of the flea community making your home their home! These various stages of the flea life cycle are difficult to conquer. The sooner you take action, the safer your pet, home and family will be.

Follow the steps below to prevent a spring flea infestation!

 
 
  

Treat your pet

 

Bathe your dog with a flea killing shampoo like Flea4X Shampoo, or give Capstar and apply Advantage Treatment Spray to your pet. All three products kill fleas on contact and help stop scratching. Apply a flea and tick preventative like K9 Advantix II , Flea4X PLUS for Dogs, Flea3X PLUS for Cats or Advantage II each month to stop fleas from jumping back on your pet. Flea & Tick topicals are on sale now!

 
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Kill fleas in your home & yard

 
  • Use carpet spray - Spray carpets and upholstery in the home. Fleas love dark places, so spray under furniture and in crevices.
  • Fog your house - Some foggers are effective up to 7 months, long enough to kill all the life stages of a flea in most cases. You may need to use 2-3 foggers depending on the size of your home. Learn how to fog your home.
  • Spray your yard - Kill fleas with a yard spray before they come into your home on your shoes, clothing or pet with a yard spray.
 
 
Tip: In order to kill all the flea life stages, you MUST treat your home and yard again - 3 to 4 weeks after your first treatment.
 
 
  

Thoroughly clean your home

Cleaning your home is a very important step to eradicating a flea problem. Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping help get the eggs, larvae, and pupae out of your carpets, upholstery, tile, and wood floors.

 
  • Vacuum all the carpets & rugs in your house.
  • Throw away the bag each time - Flea pupae will hatch from the vibrations your vacuum causes. Throw away the vacuum bag so newly-hatched fleas can't jump back into your carpet.
  • Sweep & mop tile or wood flooring - Since fleas love dark places, they can live in your baseboards as well.
  • Wash your pet's bedding - Fleas love to nest in the same place your pet does to keep feeding on him or her. Don't just take the cover off of your pet's bed, since fleas can be hiding in the stuffing as well.
  • Wash your pet's toys - Fleas and eggs will hide in your pet's toys, so wash toys thoroughly. If you can't wash one of your pet's toys, it is best to throw it out.
 
Tip: Wash all of your and your pet's belongings in hot water to kill fleas and flea eggs.

 
 
  

...And don't forget to prevent it from happening again!

Flea infestations are very hard to get rid of. It's not uncommon to see fleas days or even weeks after treating your home.

 
  • Vacuum carpets, rugs, and furniture regularly (this is the single best defense against an infestation).
  • Sweep tile and wood floors, focusing on baseboards and crevices.
  • Don't leave belongings outside for an extended period of time. Fleas attach themselves to shoes and other items that you have taken off at the door and then hitchhike into your home when you bring the items indoors.
  • Spray your yard for fleas with a yard spray and make sure to focus on shady, moist, dark areas.
 
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Max's Tip: Fleas can enter your home from your yard. Stop fleas from invading your home by learning how to treat your yard properly.  
  
 

 
   
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