I'm back with another in my series on pet advice. This one is about inexpensive ways to get rid of fleas in the house. :-)
How To Get Rid Of Fleas:
Try diatomaceous earth. You can get it at most farm supply stores and garden centers. It is relatively inexpensive and is non-toxic for mammals.
First, vacuum all surfaces thoroughly. That includes: carpet, furniture, under furniture, linoleum/tile/hardwood. And wash all bedding, yours and your pets', in hot water and lots of soap. Also, vacuum your mattress.
Then, work the diatomaceous earth into the carpet with a stiff brush or broom and let it sit overnight. The following day, vacuum thoroughly and take the vacuum bag outside. If you're using a bagless vacuum, dump the canister outside and wash it out with bleach.
After you've vacuumed, work more diatomaceous earth into the carpet and let it sit for a week. Then, vacuum the carpet again and take the bag outside. After this, the fleas should be gone.
This procedure also works with boric acid powder, which can be found in most pharmacies. It does not require a prescription and it is cheap. Of course, the best way to get rid of fleas, and keep them gone, is to use a product like Frontline or Advantage (or whatever flea product is recommended by your veterinarian) on your pet. :-) Good luck!