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Getting Rid of Fleas Part Two: Tackling Infestations

Getting Rid of Fleas Part Two: Tackling Infestations

If you spot fleas in your home, it is essential that you address the problem as soon as possible. This is because, if you can see one flea, it is likely that there are many more, as well as eggs, larvae and cocoons, throughout your home.

In order to effectively get rid of fleas from your home you need an organised approach that addresses all forms of fleas. Treating your pet isn’t enough; there are likely to be fleas around your house in varying forms, too, so it is important that you treat both your pet and your home simultaneously. In our previous blog, we touched on treating fleas in your pets, and how it is best to seek advice from your vet to make sure that you get the most effective treatment. You also need to treat the pet’s environment. If they are allowed all over the house, this means that you need to treat your entire home, too. This includes carpets, sofas, cushions, beds and any other tight spaces that eggs, larvae and cocoon can develop in relative safety.

Clean bedding

Once your pet is treated with a vet-recommended treatment, you need to get as many of those flea eggs from the environment as possible. Wash any pet bedding in as hot a wash as you can. If your pets roam freely around the house, make sure you wash all human bedding, too.


Use a powerful vacuum cleaner and tackle floors, furniture and mattresses. Pay special attention to tight cracks and any spots that your pets particularly love. If you use a bagless vacuum, empty the dust immediately and take the contents outside. If you use a reusable vacuum bag, throw it away so that you don’t hang onto any eggs or lavae.

Steam clean

Heat is a great way of getting things extra clean. If you have access to a steam cleaner, take advantage of it, particularly on pet-popular spots, sofas and beds.

Maintain the routine

Keep in the routine of conducting a deep clean every month when you treat your pets for fleas. If you notice fleas in between treatments, make sure that you keep on top of the vacuum/steam/wash routine. It may be necessary for you to take cushions, duvets and pillows to the cleaners to get rid of eggs, larvae and cocoons if you don’t seem to be able to shake the infestation.

If you can’t get it under control, professional help may be needed; take a look at our rated and vetted pest control specialists near you. For more guidance, follow Trust A Trader on Facebook or X.

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