OK I'll share....last year we had a terrible flea infestation where we tried many things.
Here is a recap on the most beneficial things that we think got rid of the fleas. Of course, the fleas could just be hybernating...if so...does anyone want four pets??? (just kidding :LOL )Vacume method.
Get twenty one vacume cleaner bags. Vacume your carpets and couches. Put fresh clean sheets all over your couches, and wash these sheets each day, and put an alternate set of sheets over all the couches so you don't have to vacume the couches daily (saves time). Vacume the carpets daily, and daily change the bag, throwing it away outside, so the eggs don't just hatch out of the bag. You guessed it, do this for twenty one days. You must be very consistant. If you miss even one day it won't work as well. This sucks up the eggs. Vacume any chairs. Wash all the sheets and then keep the cats out of the bedrooms or you will want to wash the sheets and blankets every day for three weeks too. BTW, if you can afford it, get rid of your carpets. Even a pergo type floor will greatly reduce flea's because they love to lay eggs in carpets. i so wish we could replace our carpets....sigh.The daily vacuming for three weeks over all other things we tried is what worked the most for our infestationLight method.
Take a small desk lamp light (as many as you have) and shine them over a cookie sheet with water in it. Shine the light into the water. Leave it out overnight on the floors. The fleas jump to the light and get stuck in the water and die. This gives you an idea of your infestation, and involves very little work.flea comb and soapy water.
use a flea comb on your pet daily. drown the fleas from the comb in a bowl of soapy water, it gets them quicker than tweezing. Although, we use tweezers a lot for fleas too.Bathe the animals.
We bathed the animals every day, with seventh generation dish soap. We used neem oil in the bath, but it didn't work that well for us. What worked great is this flea powder that we put on the pet after the bath and their hair dried. It is called Buck Mountain Parasite dust for animals, Herbal Gold for flies, fleas, ticks, lice, mites and more. Made from organic ingredients Neem, Yarrow, Diatom. We bought it from our holistic vet. It is made in Montana.
.Let the ants in the house live method
this is something I read...ants eat flea larva....so if you have ants in your home....let them live....this is one of our main strategies this year because vacuming everyday sucks. This year...we are being proactive with the fleas...T-shirt on the dog method
We used to think doggie t-shirts and coats were vain and a little ridiculous....well it turns out they have a purpose. They repel the fleas off of the pets while they are out in the yard going to the bathroom or on their walks. The fleas try to jump on the pet and bounce off because of the clothing. Our dog is decked in Harley and Leather. The borax method
Warning!!! Wear shoes!!! and have the kids wear shoes. Sprinkle Mule team borax on all of the carpets, leave on overnight, then vacume up.
We haven't used diatomeous earth (sp?) because we couldn't find it at the store, but I heard that works too.We didn't do this but want to this year:
Nematodes-put beneficial nematodes in the yard. they are this microscopic organism which feeds on flea larva.