The best way to control fleas is to prevent them. But since you are at this site, you probably already have them in your house. So you need to kill not only the fleas, but the larvae. So make sure that any product you buy keeps the fleas from reproducing.
At the same time, you need to wash the dog, any bedding the animal sleeps on and vacuum. You should discard the vacuum cleaner bag when you are finished and put in a new one.
How to Get Rid of Fleas from My Carpet
There are four different methods that can be used:
- Use spray pesticides that kill all stages of fleas.
- Have the carpets professionally steam-cleaned. This will kill the larvae and fleas, but not the eggs. Warn the cleaners about the fleas.
- You could shampoo the carpet with insecticidal carpet shampoo.
- Have a pest control professional apply an infrared heat treatment to the carpet, which kills all stages of fleas.
If your pet spends much time outside, spray the yard with pesticides, or drench your pet’s usual resting areas with lots of soap and water to drown any fleas that may be waiting for his return.
Keeping Fleas Off of You
Over the counter insect repellents that contain diethyltoluamide (DEET) will repel fleas and lessen the frequency of bites. Do not put this on your pets. Vitamin B1 taken orally has also been proven to repel fleas.
How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally
If you don’t want to use pesticides, there are natural ways to control fleas, but it can take a little more work. One that I have used is placing a pan of soapy water on the floor where the fleas are the worst. Of course, you don’t want your dog to drink it, but he probably won’t. To get more fleas to jump in the water, place a light or heat source safely above the water. The heat attracts the fleas, and the soap in the water makes them drown.
When purchasing natural flea control products, remember that they can also be toxic to your pet just like pesticides. So anything that you put on the pet or in the pet’s environment should be tested first in a small area to identify any allergic reactions.
Once you have killed the majority of fleas, now you need to control them.
You may need to bathe the dog every day for a couple of days, but normally you should not bathe a dog more than once a week.
Use a flea comb. Drop the fleas in soapy water or alcohol to kill them.
Vacuum daily for a few days, then vacuum frequently. If you have a deep freeze with space in it, you can remove the vacuum cleaner bag, put it in a plastic bag and freeze it until you need it again.