How to Get Rid of Fleas in Backpacks & Clothing

How to Get Rid of Fleas in Backpacks & ClothingFew things are as frustrating as coming home from a backpacking adventure, only to realize that your clothes and backpacks are infested with fleas. Fleas can multiply quickly, jumping from your clothes and your backpacks to your rug, your bed and your other furniture. As parasites, fleas feed on humans (and pets) and leave red, itchy spots in their wake. Unfortunately, getting rid of fleas is never easy. But by acting quickly, you should be able to get the job done.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Vacuum
  • Flea-killing aerosol
  • Flea powder
Step 1
Throw your clothes in the washing machine. Throw your backpacks in there, too. If you have a steel-framed backpack, remove the frames. Run a regular cycle.
Step 2
Switch your clothes and backpacks to the dryer and dry them thoroughly.
Step 3
Vacuum your entire house, as well as any vehicle you may have traveled in with your flea-ridden clothes and backpacks. Do this while your clothes and backpacks are being washing and dried.
Step 4
Place your clothes and backpacks in the middle of the floor, preferably on a carpet.
Step 5
Spray the clothes and backpacks, as well as all of your furniture and carpets, with a flea-killing aerosol. Wait 24 hours.
Step 6
Sprinkle flea powder on your clothes, backpacks, furniture and carpets. Wait one week.
Step 7
Repeat steps 5 and 6. To be safe, you may want to repeat this a third time one week later.

Tips & Warnings

Though you may only suspect your backpacks and clothes of being flea-infested, fleas are adept jumpers and chances are they have already spread to your furniture and carpets. This is why you must clean, spray and powder everything.

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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