In order to get rid of the fleas in your home, you must be vigilant about vacuuming, steam cleaning, washing and drying bedding, and more. And it’s not just a one-and-done deal. You’ll need to vacuum several times a week until all the fleas are gone.
Note that some of these steps refer to pet bedding. If the infestation is severe enough, it may be worth it to dispose of the bedding entirely and replace it.
Before you bust out the vacuum cleaner, you want to make sure your carpeted floors are fully accessible. Pick up anything extraneous that may be on your carpeted floors, like piles of paper or clothes, and move your furniture out of the way.
Vacuum the rooms thoroughly, going over every inch and using the corner attachment to tackle corners, edges, cracks, and baseboards. It’s a good idea to use the vacuum brush to go over all furniture fabric, especially areas where your pet likes to nap. Pay extra attention to any areas of your home that have accumulated lots of pet hair. You should also go over linoleum, tile, and hardwood floors with your vacuum.
Vacuuming helps get rid of fleas in a variety of ways. First, the force of the suction will kill the adult fleas. The vacuuming also stimulates fleas within their cocoons, forcing them to emerge prematurely. Another benefit—vacuuming removes flea feces and dried blood, which developing fleas use as a food source. This interrupts their life cycle.
Once you’re finished vacuuming, place the vacuum bag in a garbage bag and seal it tightly before taking it outside and putting it in a garbage can.
Use a steam cleaner on pet bedding, carpets, and upholstery. Fleas don’t stand a chance against the combination of soap and heat.
Even though you’ve already steam cleaned and vacuumed your pet’s bedding, you should still wash it and dry it on the highest heat settings possible. Wash and dry your own bedding as well, just to be safe.
For this step, find an aerosol insecticide spray that targets fleas at all stages of their life cycle. That means you’ll need a combination of permethrin to kill mature fleas and an insect growth regulator. Allow the chemicals to dry before letting people and pets into the area.