Fleas are pesky little insects who will eat you and your pets alive, if you let them. If you have noticed you dog or cat itching like mad, or felt and seen the little pock marks fleas make on your feet, you are going to want to continue reading this article for steps on ridding yourself of fleas. In this article, I will cover, getting rid of fleas on your pet, destroying a flea infestation, and preventing fleas from ever returning.
My Kitty Itches
When you notice your cute little pooch or friendly feline has the itchies, definitely give them a bath. Your regular pet shampoo and warm water should work fine, but make sure that you go from the neck down so that fleas can’t jump their way to the head of the animal.
Next, arm your pet with a treatment. It could be in the form of a collar. Be sure to wash your hands after handling any type of these flea treatments. Many different types of flea collars can be found in your local pet store.
Another option are treatments such as Frontline or Bayer Advantage. These treatments are applied to the skin of the animal and eventually work their way into the hair of the pet. They will usually kill fleas within a span of 12 hours.
My House has Fleas
While you are waiting for your pet’s flea medication to kick in, take action to get rid of the fleas that have already infested your home. Start by washing everything, and I mean everything, that your pet has come into contact with, and possible some stuff that they may not have come into contact with (This depends on how anal you want to get). Wash bedding, towels, clothing, and so on.
Now, you want to become familiar with another great friend in your fight against fleas-your vacuum. Use this to suck up every flea in your home, even the pesky ones that try their hardest to hang onto carpet strands. Vacuum in every little space that exists in your home using whatever attachments you need to in order to get the job done. You might want to maintain this regimen of vacuuming over the next few days to ensure that you have gotten all of the fleas.
There are bombs and other insecticide treatments that you can use to get rid of fleas, but I only recommend these things when all else fails. I try to live green whenever I can.
My Yard has Fleas
In my search for a satisfactory outdoor insecticide, it is safe for me to say that I haven’t found one. Sevin Dust works on fleas, but will kill other essential insects and animals. Someone recommended using a dust with Permethrin, but upon a little research, I discovered that this ingredient is a carcinogen that causes lung cancer. Like I said earlier, I do not recommend any type of insecticide treatments. They are harmful to all living things and our planet Earth. Live and let live. If your pet has a collar or treatments, fleas will be avoiding them like a plague anyway.
Presented in this article were my tips of getting rid of fleas from your pet, home, and yard. You don’t want to get rid of fleas and find yourself with cancer or discover that you killed off an entire population of honey bees, so take the safe road. Arm your home and pets against these foes, but think of natural ways to do it.