How To Kill Fleas

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

How To Get Rid Of fleas

Below is some questions I ran into on How to get rid of fleas

My house is infested with fleas! I have never had fleas before I moved into this house. I bought flea collars for the dogs and flea spray made especially for cats, and some spray for the carpet, but what else can I do? I need all the help I can get! Thanks.

Answers by various people about how to get rid of fleas:

If you don't want to use frontline or that other chemical they have (can't think of the name right now) you might try setting off a bug bomb (get everyone including pets, out of the house first), give dogs baths (with flea shampoo),then start feeding them small amounts of garlic, and that ought to solve the problem.

When my house was infested (many years ago) I got some bombs, spray, and shampoo from the vet. I bombed the house and the inside of my car because the dog was in there a lot. Worked great, and I have been using frontline type flea control ever since. Only have to go through it once to learn...what a royal pain! The vacuum is your friend right now too. Get every nook and cranny.

Flea collars are a scam. Get the between the shoulder flea drops and put on the pets or animals and start vacuuming every day for a month, and that should get rid of the problem.

All the above answers are very good to some degree when it comes knowing how to get rid fleas; the one thing that is missing is the follow up. You must repeat the process in 2-3 weeks to be successful. You really only need to vacuum a couple of times, more important is to get the bag out of cleaner or dump contents outside in a plastic bag and throw into garbage. Fleas will escape out of a vacuum cleaner.
Remember this if you cannot get rid of the problem please call a professional exterminator, so that the animals will not be miserable.
Good luck to you!


  1. Flea bombs may kill fleas that are out in the open but they have no residual effect look at using a product that lasts longer I'm not sure what products are available where you live but you won't do wrong with something that contains deltamethrin its a very safe product and the most widely used worldwide just read the instructions on the label before you use it. if your not sure call in an expert

  2. That is interesting about feeding your dog garlic as a flea preventative. Certainly a lot safer than putting chemicals on your dog. Never had a flea problem with our dog, but we live up North, and only take the dog out for brief walks.

  3. Flea collars work great if you put them in the vacuum cleaner bag. There, in an enclosed area they DO kill the fleas and then you can dump them, flea collar and all, in a garbage bag and in the garbage. I've also found that just antibacterial soap in water kills them. Just drop in any you catch.
    My mother also invented a great way to kill them: with a piece of tape! When you see one on you, grab a piece of tape and stick it to it! It can't get free because it's stuck so just fold it over and pinch it! She used to wear white socks because they'd show up so well.
    You can also use a small jar of Vaporub or Vaseline. They can't move, breathe, or jump out of this stuff, either!

  4. If soapy water works to kill them, what is the purpose of flea shampoo? Just curious and looking for the least expensive means of preventing the problem of fleas. Our three month old puppy was a stray before we got her from the shelter . . . we just treated her for tapeworms and at this point have not seen any signs of fleas . . . but every time she scratches her little self I start freaking out that she has em!!! :oP

  5. I get bites all the time because we think our cat has fleas. What should I do that doesn't cost much?

  6. Use Dawn dish soap to bathe your cat. (Dont get in in the eyes) Recommended by many professionals and pet owners. You'll also have to get rid of them in the house though. I'm currently going through the de-fleaing process.