Treating Shoes

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QuestionsCategory: Flea InfestationsTreating Shoes
Rainbow23 asked 4 months ago

Wondering how to treat shoes? I’ve had a flea problem for about 3 months. I sometimes feel a creepy-crawly feeling in my shoes. I only have a couple good pairs of shoes and I wear them to work so it is not practical to put them in the freezer for 10 days. I am nervous to put them in the dryer as I live in a building with a shared washer/dryer and I do not want to damage the equipment. I’ve sprinkled DE on the shoes which seems futile, not to mention messy!

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Adam Retzer Staff answered 4 months ago


There shouldn’t be fleas living in your shoes unless eggs fell there from the infested host. I suppose it is possible for adult fleas to accidentally jump into the shoes while trying to find a host, but they aren’t attracted to these kinds of items.

Steam cleaning the shoes would kill any fleas on them, if you have access to a steam cleaner. No life stage should be able to stick to the shoes, so giving them a good shake, and banging the heels together, should go a long way in removing any potential fleas as well.

I hope this helps!