Eradicating Fleas From Your Living Room

The living room is the heart of the modern home. It’s where family members gather to converse, and it’s usually the first area guests see upon entering the home. When this area is infested with the fleas, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to fully enjoy the home. The presence of these blood-sucking parasites will force family members to disperse throughout other areas of the home.

Your family’s normal routine shouldn’t be disrupted by fleas. When fleas or any other pests interfere with your daily habits, there’s a serious problem that must be addressed. A single flea won’t cause any serious problems, but if you see one flea, chances are there dozens or even hundreds elsewhere. And unless you take action, their numbers will continue to multiple and grow larger with each passing day. Once you’ve eradicated them from your living room, you can get back to enjoying your home and everything it offers.

The first step in eradicating fleas from your living room is to vacuum. Some people assume that flea bombs and foggers are the best solution to deal with these parasites, but the effectiveness of these products is limited at best. Instead of filling your home with toxic pesticides, pull out the vacuum cleaner and go over your carpet/floors two or three times. A recent University of California study found vacuuming to eliminate up to 96% of the flea population. That’s a pretty bold statistic that should serve as an eye-opener to anyone struggling with a flea infestation.

Adjust your vacuum cleaner to the highest suction power and go over each and every square inch of carpet in your living room and surrounding hallways. When you are finished, take your vacuum cleaner outside to empty its contents into a trash bag (you don’t want to release the fleas back into your home). Double-bag the contents in two trash bags before placing it in your curbside trash can.

Vacuuming alone can make a world of difference in your battle against fleas; however, there are other steps you can take to further eradicate these pests. Try lowering the thermostat in your home to 70 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Fleas prefer warm, humid climates in which to thrive, so adjusting your thermostat will naturally deter them. You can also install a dehumidifier to extract moisture from inside your home, which subsequently deters flea from residing here.

A combination of vacuuming, temperature control and humidity control will eradicate even the most stubborn flea infestations.