How to Get Rid of Fleas in Basement

Flea infestation in house is such a nuisance that causes you a lot of frustration. The pesky insects love shady places that are not exposed to sunlight. Thus, such places as under carpets, rugs, upholstery and basement tend to become perfect flea nest. There could be a variety of measures to get rid of fleas and it is not so hard to find a suitable flea treatment for your house. This writing, in particular, focuses on flea treatment in basement.

Treat fleas from source

Fleas may not fall from the sky or emerge from the ground to be present in basement. There must be a source that brings them there and the number one suspect should be your pets. Fleas could be clinging on pet’s body, travelling with pets and dropping off in the basement. Therefore, in order to get rid of fleas in basement, you need to treat fleas on pets first or stop them from frequenting there. You can look for fleat treatment products for pets such as flea comb or flea shampoo. They are all effective and safe for pet. The key is you need to apply it on a regular basis to completely remove fleas on pet’s body because one treatment may not remove fleas altogether.

Clear the basement for vacuuming

Basement could be the place that you store almost every used or unused stuffs. It could be disorganized and that condition will allow fleas to flourish as they have so many rooms to hide. If your basement is messy, you need to put it in shape or neatly organized stuffs there.  When the basement space is cleared of disorganized stuffs, you now can start to vacuum it. There should be flea eggs, larvae and pupae around and vacuuming will help to suck up all those fleas and their offspring. When you finish vacuuming, discard the vacuum bag out or dispose it in the trash far from the house. This is to prevent eggs or larvae from itching into the house again while they are still alive in the bag.

Flea trap

Setting up flea trap in basement is a good way to kill these insects. You can buy one or you can make a trap yourself with tray, light and dish of soap water. Fleas are attracted by white color and warmth. Fleas will be attracted by the only spotlight in the dark basement and jump into the tray. That’s how they will get killed. This method may not kill a large proportion of fleas but it can helps to eradicate a number of them.

Flea bomb or fogger

In case the basement is heavily infested with fleas, chemical products should be applied to treat the basement. Flea bomb or flea fogger tend to be toxic so make sure pets and kids are not around when you use the product. Close the basement and leave the fogger there for about 24 hours to kill fleas completely. After that, have the basement ventilated with fresh air so that the toxic smell could be blown away. Cleaning up and vacuuming the basement to remove dead fleas and their offspring. You may need to apply this one or two weeks later, so that newly grown fleas are killed right away.

To sum up

If fleas invade your basement, above mentioned tips will be helpful to guide you how to get rid of them. However, it is best to regularly check and clean up the basement so that early flea infestations are detected and prompt action is taken to address it.

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