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Did you know that the fleas you see are only about 5 percent of the fleas in your home? Flea eggs and larvae are hidden deep within your carpet, furniture, and even in the crevices of the walls. Once the infestation begins, it is extremely difficult to get rid of fleas. Much of the time, it means a trip to the vet for a flea bath and expensive treatments for your home. Instead of spending an arm and a leg, here's how to get rid of fleas using home remedies.

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1. Use a powerful vacuum

Once you've realized fleas in your home, there are probably more than you think. To help get rid of them, use a powerful vacuum on all carpets, mattresses, and furniture. If you can, it is a good idea to use a vacuum bag you can dispose of. On carpets and other areas you suspect a high infestation, it is also a good idea to sprinkle baking soda or salt on the carpets. To use baking soda, sprinkle it on the carpets and scrub with a brush and immediately vacuum. Salt can be sprinkled and left on the carpeted areas for one to two days before vacuuming. After you've employed these vacuuming techniques, you can rent a steam cleaner. The high heat and soap will help get rid of the fleas. It is a good idea to focus on areas your pet normally lays.

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