How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Room

Fleas are parasites that often find entry to the home via household pets like cats and dogs.

Fleas usually gain entry to the home via a household pet.Fleas usually gain entry to the home via a household pet.
Fleas are famously difficult to remove from a home and require a thorough and aggressive approach. Part of the reason why fleas are tough to remove is because they go through several distinct stages: eggs, larvae, pupae and adult. Thus, in order to rid your home of fleas effectively, you need to kill fleas and their eggs. Otherwise, you risk a reinfection after all your hard work.

Remove all the bedding and linens in your home. Put sheets, pillowcases, duvets, bedspreads, dust ruffles, place mats, shams, tablecloths and curtains in a washing machine and wash them in hot water using the appropriate amount of detergent.

Put on protective eyewear and a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Take a large canister of diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it all over your carpet, upholstery and your pet's bed. Diatomaceous earth causes fleas to die organically, without exposing you or members of your household to noxious chemicals. Vacuum it up after eight days.

Add a quarter cup of all-purpose floor cleaner to a gallon of hot water in a bucket. Mop down your floors. Wipe down all your counters and surfaces with a sponge dipped in a gallon of hot water mixed with a quarter cup of liquid detergent.

Bathe your pet with flea shampoo. Comb through your pet's fur with a flea comb, removing as many flea eggs as you can and disposing of them immediately. Rub a store-bought flea powder into your animal's fur.

Things You Will Need

  • Detergent
  • Eyewear
  • Face mask
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Hot water
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose floor cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • 1/4 cup detergent
  • Sponge
  • Flea shampoo for pets
  • Flea comb
  • Flea powder for pets

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."