What Are the Best Tips for Flea Removal?

Amanda R. Bell
Amanda R. Bell
Flea removal begins by treating the infected animal.
Flea removal begins by treating the infected animal.

Among the the best tips for flea removal including treating not only the animals but the home and yard as well, preferably all at the same time. Treating all three areas will provide the best chance of breaking the pests' life cycle and eliminating them all together. If the infestation is severe, it may be best to hire a professional exterminator.

Flea removal typically begins with treating infested animals. This will likely include one or more flea baths as well as a topical or oral flea medication to kill off any eggs before they hatch. In most cases, it may be best to visit the veterinarian for prescription strength treatments. This will help to expedite flea removal.

At the same time as the animals are being treated, the home should be addressed as well. In most cases, visible fleas on an animal mean the house is already infested. One of the best tips is to use several different products to treat the entire house. After a thorough vacuum, including underneath furniture, flea bombs can treat entire areas. When using these devices, it is best to place them in the whole house, even attics, garages, basements, and closets. Fleas can remain dormant in untreated areas and infest the home again once the chemicals from the bomb fade away.

After bombing the house, it can be helpful to treat upholstered furniture with flea sprays and wash all bedding, especially those that may have been used by an animal for sleeping, in very hot water. The home should then be vacuumed every day for a week, and the contents of the canister or bag should be placed inside a sealed trash bag and removed from the home after each session. This will ensure that any viable eggs or live fleas are eliminated from the home, thereby breaking the life cycle.

It is also important to treat the yard. This will prevent new fleas from entering the home or jumping onto pets, similarly interrupting the infestation cycle. Several different outdoor foggers and sprays can be used to treat the lawn and outdoor area without damaging grass or landscaping. One of the best tips for flea removal is to treat the yard while the flea bombs are being set off in the house.

When working towards flea removal, it is important to take each step as closely together as possible; waiting a week or two between treating animals and the home can allow the fleas to jump back onto animals, thereby causing another infestation later. If there is not enough time to complete the total process of flea removal, it may be best to hire a specialist to treat the home and yard. This will help to ensure that both areas are thoroughly taken care of at the same time and making it much easier to take care of a pet’s flea problem during the treatment of the home and yard.

Discussion Comments


Add some borax to your vacuum before vacuuming. Just suck in a couple of tablespoons.

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    • Flea removal begins by treating the infected animal.
      By: Cosmin Manci
      Flea removal begins by treating the infected animal.