Getting rid of sand fleas isn’t really easy. This is because you have to understand their breeding grounds, buy pesticides, seal areas, etc. But don’t worry I’ll make it look easy. In this article, I will show you how to get rid of sand fleas.
Observe and understand them
If you want to get rid of sand fleas, you will first need to find out where they come from and where they usually hide. Most pests like sand fleas usually come from outside in bushes and gardens but they make their way inside when one of your pets is bitten by one. Once they make their way inside they usually hide in dark areas such as under your carpets and furniture.
Getting rid of sand fleas
While it may not be easy to get rid of sand fleas, it is still not impossible. The reason why it may seem hard to get rid of sand fleas is that you’ll have to do a lot of cleaning to get rid of them. I will know to show you what to do:
Sprinkle salt or baking soda on the carpets
This might seem weird but salt is a great thing to use when dealing with sand fleas. The reason is that salt will dehydrate and kill them. So sprinkle salt all over your carpets and leave it there for a day.
If you don’t have any salt or you just don’t want to use it all over your carpets, then you can just use baking soda instead. Just sprinkle the baking soda all over the carpets and leave it for 1 day. This will not only kill the sand fleas but will also clean and deodorize your carpets as well.
Wash all your clothes and linen
Wash all your used clothes and disinfect all linen covers. When disinfecting linens you have to soak them first. The best way to soak your white linens is to fill your tub (make sure it is clean) with warm water and add 2-3 cups of bleach in it, you can use vinegar instead of bleach but never mix them together; detergent and 2 cups of fabric softener. Let them soak for 1-2 hours then place them in the washer.
Vacuum the floor
After you sprinkled the salt or baking powder all over the carpets make sure to vacuum them. When vacuuming makes sure you get in the crevices and cracks as well. If you find any larvae make sure to get rid of them so that more sand fleas won’t attack again. Make sure to vacuum the floors properly because if you don’t, ants may become your next issue.
Here are some vacuuming hacks if you are interested.
Seal cracks and crevices
Most times cracks and crevices are usually in walls, cabinets, etc. Doing this will make sure that the sand fleas won’t have any potential breeding grounds in your house.
Check and treat pets
Make sure to check your pets for any sand fleas. It doesn’t make sense if you went through all the previous steps just for your pets to bring back the sand fleas inside your home.
When inspecting your pets especially dogs, you have to look through their hair. Sometimes the sand fleas will be on their ears. If you see any make sure to pick them off and get rid of them (place them in a plastic bag and throw them in the trash). You can also wash your dogs with anti-flea dog shampoos. But before you do any of that it’s best to contact a vet or do more research on what you can use on your dogs.
This is more of an optional additional step. If there are a ton of sand fleas in your home and you tried every method I listed above then it might be time to steam clean your entire house. High temperatures will kill the sand fleas and destroy their breeding grounds. The reason why this method is optional is that a steam cleaner is usually pricey.
Spray your home with pesticide
When spraying your home with pesticides you have to make sure you are wearing a face mask. It is also best to spray the breeding grounds of the sand fleas. If you cant find the breeding grounds then you can either look for them or spray everywhere in your house with the pesticide. If you chose the latter then it’s best to open up every window and some of the doors so that the pesticide can go smell and fumes can go away.
Sprinkle boric acid in your garage
If your garage has sand fleas inside of it, then it’s best to sprinkle some boric acid on the garage floor. This will kill the sand fleas.
How to prevent sand fleas from entering your home
Most times it’s usual pets especially dogs that bring in fleas inside your home but sometimes it can be us as well. If you walk in grass or other areas where fleas usually are they will sometimes latch on to your shoes. So if you live in an area where there is a lot of grass and bushes then it’s best to inspect your shoes after wearing them.