Got Fleas in Your Home? Natural Ways to Get Rid of Them

Posted on: 23 January 2017

Spring is almost upon us. And while many think of the ice thawing to make way for flowers, spring is also prime time for fleas to begin to infest your pets and make their way into your home. If you notice any fleas in your home, you will want to take action to remedy the problem. They can multiply quickly and take over your home before you even realize it. While there are many chemicals you can use to spray or bomb your home, there are also a few natural ways to kill these pests. If you prefer a natural remedy, here are a few ways you can go about killing the fleas in your home.

Vacuum Your Carpets

Believe it or not, but one of the best ways to get rid of fleas is to simply vacuum your carpets repeatedly. When you are dealing with a flea infestation, you will want to vacuum your home at least once per day using a quality vacuum cleaner. A vacuum will suck away fleas as well as their eggs. If your home is heavily infested, you may want to consider vacuuming two or three times per day. And if you have any upholstered furniture, especially furniture that your pet may lay on, be sure to vacuum that as well. After you are done vacuuming your carpets, always dispose of the bag or remnants outside of your home. Never use an inside garbage can, or the fleas may be able to hop out, right back into your carpet. Continue vacuuming daily until the infestation is gone.

Spray Your Pet's Bedding With Vinegar

Another natural remedy for killing fleas is to spray them with vinegar. Vinegar is effective because it not only kills fleas due to its acidity, but it also has a smell that fleas hate. When your home is infested with fleas, you will want to wash your pets bedding regularly to kill any fleas and eggs that may be lurking. Add vinegar to the wash to help kill and repel fleas. Between washings, pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray down the bedding as well as any areas where you notice an infestation of fleas in your home. You can spray this on carpet, curtains or even countertops. If you are sensitive to the smell, it can be diluted with as much as 50 percent water; though the stronger it is, the more effective it is.

Use Baking Soda

The last natural remedy for treating a flea infestation in your home is to use baking soda. Baking soda dehydrates fleas, causing them to die. Baking soda can be sprinkled into carpet, sprinkled on tile or hardware floors, thrown in the laundry with your pet's bed or infested towels, or mixed with equal part water to form a paste that can be used to clean countertops or pet food bowls. Cleaning your home with baking soda every few days will help to kill any fleas that may be in your home and slowly eliminate your flea infestation.

If you notice your pet has fleas, there is a good chance they are in your home. Unfortunately, these pests can multiply quickly, and before you know it, they may be infesting your home and biting you. While vacuuming, vinegar, and baking soda are natural ways to get rid of these pests, they cannot get rid of every infestation. If you have tried to rid your home of fleas using these methods and are unsuccessful, you will want to call in a flea exterminator for professional help.