Fleas are wingless creatures with mouth parts adapted for piercing and sucking blood. To add insult to injury, the presence of fleas in your home has been known to bring flea-borne illnesses and complications that arise from their bites. As such, the possibility of you cohabitating your home with these deadly creatures not only is it a nasty experience but it also means that you could be exposing you and your pets to a host of flea-borne diseases such as flea allergy dermatitis and hot spots. Thus it is very important to have a sound knowledge on how to exterminate these creatures in case they invade your home. Below is a peek as to some of the do-it-yourself techniques you can put into use to kill fleas in your house.
First and foremost, even before considering embarking on a shopping spree to buy flea-killing shampoo, invest in a clean home. Cleaning your home is a very important step towards the eradication of the flea problem. This is because, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping helps get the eggs, larvae and pupae belonging to fleas out of your carpet, tiles, upholstery and wood floors.
After vacuuming immediately dispose the vacuum bag to prevent the larvae from escaping. Additionally, collect your pet’s bedding, rugs and throw them in soapy water as soapy water is known to kill the eggs, larvae, pupae and the adults.
Secondly, the spread of fleas might not only be affecting your pets but also everybody in your household.
Gather all your bedding, blankets and pillows on sofas and chairs and throw in those soft rugs you use to be machine-washed. This is effective in eliminating the remaining fleas as like the use of soapy water, the combination of hot water and detergents in your washing machines act like a toxic pool for the fleas to swim in, thus kills and washes them away leaving you with flea-free rugs and beddings.
However, all the washing and the tornadoes delivered by your vacuum cleaner will not rid you and your house of fleas if you don’t disinfect the affected persons or animals in order to remove any eggs and larvae that might be in their bodies. People, will rarely get affected as they tend to be responsive to stimuli, thus a flea that is inflicting pain on one’s body part will be torn off immediately it is noticed. But for your pets, this might not be the case for unlike humans, your pet’s limbs are not adapted for such kind of mind-boggling activities. Instead your pet relies on you to keep it clean and pest-free. If you haven’t done so already, bathe your pet and wash his or her fur with a flea-killing shampoo. You can also consider applying a flea preventative to prevent fleas for re-infesting your flea.
Cleaning your house only might not be a good idea for some of the fleas left in the yard might make a come-back after the cleaning and disinfectant’s power has waned away. Thus you might need to use a yard spray to spray your yard and in the process preventing from attaching to clothing, shoes or your pest and back into the house.
If all else fails, you can consider applying an insecticidal shampoo to your carpet or botanical dust mixed with borate acid. Alternatively, you can ask a professional to apply an infra-red treatment to your carpet.