There are many ways to get rid of fleas in your house, but nothing seems to work for everyone. While some people swear by flea bombs, others like flea sprays, and still others like the more natural approaches of borate powders and diatomaceous earth to deal with fleas in house.
Pesticides for the Home
Synthetic flea treatments, such as flea bombs and sprays, have varied response in their effectiveness and their side effects. You are basically putting a toxic pesticide on the surface areas of your house. Flea bombs are not as effective under furniture, like beds and sofas. Flea sprays are a pain to use if you are trying to treat a whole room. Many people who go the synthetic route have had the best luck using a combination of bombs, or foggers, and sprays. They spray particular areas that are infested and that the bomb will have a tough time getting to, and then bomb.
Natural Flea Control
Natural methods, like borate (borax) powders and diatomaceous earth need time to work, and many times need to be reapplied. Many people who use borate opt for a specially formulated kind that stays in the carpet for months, such as FleaBusters.
The biggest complaint with both synthetic and natural flea killers is that the fleas just come back again. And while this may be true, there are really several reasons why.
- The product needs to be left in long enough to kill fleas through the entire life cycle. Pesticides stay on the surface and kill for a while, but if natural products are vacuumed up too early, then it doesn’t get the chance to affect fleas at all the life cycles.
- The product didn’t get to all the fleas. They reproduce rather quickly if they have a food source (you or your dog). You can’t ‘kind of’ get all the fleas – it’s all or nothing – whether you use synthetic or natural methods.
- Your dog just keeps bringing in more from outside. Outside the home is usually not considered when trying to get rid of fleas in your home, but it really needs to be. You need a 3 pronged approach – dog, home, yard.
Remember, if the product killed the adult, but the larvae never comes in contact with it, then they will survive and eventually reproduce, recreating the same problem, sometimes within weeks.
See Does Borax for Fleas Work for tips on how to use these powders most effectively.
Treat Outside The Home To Protect Inside The Home
If you have a flea problem in your yard, then every time your dog goes out, they run the risk of bringing fleas back in. Which brings us to the next two things to think about when plotting on how to get rid of fleas in your home: fleas on your dog and fleas in your yard.
To get rid of fleas in your home, you need to keep fleas off your dog. Fleas like warmth, but not sunlight. Keep your grass cut short to discourage fleas. You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth in shady parts of your garden and under your porches and crawl spaces. Beneficial nematodes are tiny worms you can get at your nursery that love to eat fleas. Put some in your garden and grass for natural flea treatment.