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Ridding a House of Fleas

We just bought a new house and while we were painting we discovered it had a flea problem. I have sprayed with Sentry Home household flea and tick spray which says it kills fleas, their eggs, and larvae.


I have no pets, but am just wanting to make 100% sure that these fleas are gone before we move in all of our stuff. Any suggestions from anyone?

By Danielle from MO

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July 23, 20050 found this helpful

I recently returned from a weekend trip to find my house full of fleas. I have an indoor cat, but have never noticed any fleas until now. I also have two dogs outside. I dont know how they get in my house, but they won't go away. I also have a 1 1/2 year old baby to consider in the house. What are some ways to effectively rid the house of fleas?


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August 23, 20100 found this helpful

If you just bought this house & it has a flea problem, I think that would be something the previous owner should have disclosed to you before the sale. I would do some checking if I were you, but I'd think you could have the house exterminated at the previous owner's expense,or cost knocked of the price of the house.

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August 24, 20100 found this helpful

Call Stanley Steamer and have the rugs cleaned. Or vaccumn the floor twice a day encluding the upholstry. Treat your pet with Advantage before you start. Never buy over the counter flea treatment for your pet. It does not work and can make them very ill.

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August 24, 20100 found this helpful

If you do not have any indoor pets then the fleas can only live for a little while in the house. They may bite you, but they Have to have an animal host to actually live on. I would suggest bombing the empty house and vacuuming every day. After you vacuum you need to take out the bag Every time and put it in a sealed plastic bag, because the fleas can escape out of the bag. If you have a bagless vacuum that would be even better because you can empty it into a bag and take it out of the house each time. My friend had a problem with fleas begin when she didnt even have pets. Turned out that an opossum was getting into her house at night through the vents! When she got rid of the opossum the fleas didnt last long. Good luck to you.

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August 24, 20100 found this helpful

As another poster mentioned, a possibility of a potential problem should have been disclosed at sale so you should be able to recoup any money it costs to be rid of them. That being said, hire a professional exterminator who will make sure to use products that will not only kill the living fleas but also the eggs, pupae and larvae! All three of the last mentioned can lay dormant for months and then you will end up having flea problems again!

Shampooing the carpets is not going to get rid of all four stages of fleas because flea eggs are laid even in crevices along floor molding (including wood and vinyl floors) and under appliances, etc!

Store bought flea bombs and sprays are not strong enough to completely get rid of a house infestation. Only licensed exterminators are able to use those chemicals.

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August 24, 20100 found this helpful

The ONLY thing that has ever worked for us is bombing and I mean bomb the heck out of it! Lol! We have sadly gotten fleas twice in 2 different homes and needed to do this. It is much easier to do if you haven't moved anything in yet. Good luck!

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July 10, 20150 found this helpful

We had a dog that we took in while his parents were busy with moving house .. He slept in our garage/laundry room...
Soon after the dog was gone, I went into the room to do some laundry and was attacked by what I can only describe as an army of little black vampires...
I read online about a product called"The Ultimate flea trap" which basically used a night light and some sticky pads... "Well" I thought to myself... I am probably going to have to one up that one.. so I brought in my huge bug zapper, and some sticky tile, which I turned upside down... The little demons were indeed drawn to the light and heat of the zapper, and alas, after an hour or so we had a small army of the blood suckers, cozily attached to the stick tiles, and not jumping about happily sucking us dry.


I will check back tomorrow, and let you know if the lil darlins' are indeed gone...as my freezer is also in this space, and it would be nice to be able to enter without wearing a space suit, and covered in insect repellent, and having to shed and leave my clothes outside! :)

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June 25, 20170 found this helpful

U used a chemical to rid your house of fleas. Chemicals are dangerous. Use DE instead it is natural and it does work. Safe for humans, pets, and it kills many types of bugs . Use ONLY the food grade one thou.

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