There is no doubt that if you are a pet owner, fleas can be nasty and if you or your cat or dog are constantly itching or scratching it can be a sure sign of fleas. However, there are various ways to get rid of fleas, including the four most popular methods:

Flea traps, which are quick and easy to use
Sticky pads, which do not involve using any poison
High tech trap and zapper
Sprays and poison which are used wherever you see fleas

Killing Fleas In The Home

To really effectively eliminate any flea problem in your home, it is necessary to get rid of the fleas in their environment, as well as kill any that are on your cat or dog, and killing the eggs is essential. This means that the eggs will be unable to hatch and you are able to stop the breeding cycle. Flea eggs can be found just about anywhere that your pet frequents, especially bedding, carpets and clothing and these eggs will normally hatch after a week or two. Once hatched, the larvae become pupae and then after a year become adult fleas. This shows just how difficult it can be to both get rid of fleas if you have an infestation and prevent a future flea problem. Once you have got rid of a flea infestation in your home, you should then try to kill as many of the eggs as possible by thoroughly cleaning everything that you or your pet has come into contact with. As you can see, it is a time consuming process and you can learn how to do it correctly in this section:

First Steps For Controlling Fleas In Your Environment


Adult fleas, as well as any larvae and pupae can be killed by washing in soapy water and your first step should be to wash all potentially infested clothing, bedding and sheets in warm soapy water. You can look for signs of fleas by looking for flea dirt, tiny black specks which are actually dried blood and is used for food by the larvae. When handling the items, be careful not to drop any eggs or dirt onto the floor.


You can get almost all the eggs that are in your carpet by vacuuming, although this must be done as thoroughly as possible, using attachments to get those hard to reach areas, as well as the stairs. You should also vacuum any bare floors, and furniture that is upholstered to kill any fleas or eggs hiding there. Take out the vacuum bag as soon as you have finished vacuuming and seal it in a plastic bag; this can then be disposed of or frozen to kill the fleas if you want to reuse it.

Steam will also kill adult fleas, so in addition to vacuuming it is also a good idea to steam clean your carpets and if you hire a cleaning company, let them know you had a flea problem. Other options include killing all the stages of fleas development by applying an infra red heat to your carpets, or using a shampoo containing insecticide to clean your carpets.

Soak any outdoor areas that your cat or dog frequents, to prevent any fleas from reappearing; this can be done using warm, soapy water.

Removing Fleas From Pets And People

The next step to get rid of fleas is to remove any fleas from both yourself and your pet, and the following steps should be taken:

Wash yourself thoroughly with an insecticidal shampoo if desired, although soap will suffice.

Any fleas left in your carpet tend to jump on your feet and ankles, and wearing a specially designed pair of flannel booties to protect your shoes and trousers means that any jumping fleas become attached to the material and can then be disposed of. You may want to count any fleas so that you have an idea of whether the problem is getting better. You can also comb yourself using a specially designed flea comb; try to comb any fleas into warm, soapy water where they will die.

You should also bathe your dog and cat using a special flea shampoo, although be sure to follow any instructions and keep in mind that cats can die if treated with a product designed for using outdoors or on dogs.

One of the best and least toxic shampoo options on the market is a mild dish shampoo, although you do not need to use a shampoo; soapy water will get rid of fleas. Your pet can experience an adverse and unhealthy reaction if treated with a product containing diethyltoluamide, or DEET, so these should be avoided.

Brush your dog or cat carefully using a flea comb, and again, try to comb the fleas into soapy water where they will die. Instead of a comb, if you have a short haired pet, you can use a section of sticky tape to capture the fleas.