Fleas are one of the most dreaded pests for pet parents, and with more than two thousand different types of fleas in the world, they can create a real headache. When it comes to household pests, dog and cat parents tend to fear having to get rid of fleas. Fleas can not only be a nuisance to your pet, they can be a nuisance to people as well and can be difficult to kill. Luckily there are many solutions when it comes to dealing with fleas though some have proven to work much better than others. Getting rid of fleas once you have an infestation can take some considerable effort. Whether you just spotted one flea on a pet, or you find many, the end result is most always an infestation that needs to be dealt with.
Determining The Source
Before trying to treat your flea problem, you should try to figure out where the infestation came from. If they came from your pet, which would be evidenced by constant scratching, its time for a trip to the vet to have a flea bath and pick up some preventative topical medication. Pets can get fleas from being around other animals that have them, spending time in dog boarding facilities, and more. On the other hand, if the fleas came from family or friends, that carried them into your home, it is a good idea to let them know so they can address the issue in their own homes.
Wash Everything Before Treatment
Once you discover an infestation, you want to get rid of the fleas as soon as possible but you should not start treatment before doing some serious cleaning. This includes cleaning pet beds, any bedding or towels they may lay on or any clothes they may wear. These items should be washed in the hottest water possible. Also vacuum all the floors as well as couches and any other areas where the fleas may be hiding. Once all the cleaning is done, it is time to start the flea treatment on your pet and your home.
How to Kill Fleas
There are several ways to get rid of fleas on pets and in your home including both chemical and natural options. Using a chemical or natural option is simply a preference although care should be taken when using chemicals. There are actually electronic traps available that plug in and attract the fleas over a period of weeks. This can be a slow eradication method and is not always completely successful. Nylar is an option recommended for those that are more health conscious. Nylar only needs to be applied once a year and works by mimicking juvenile flea hormone which prevents eggs from hatching and young fleas from becoming adults. Lavender essential oil is considered a natural flea killer. A couple of drops can be placed on the back of the pet’s neck and can also be applied to areas around the house such as baseboards. There are also various herbal sprays available for purchase that can potentially help in ridding your home of fleas.
If an infestation is bad enough that chemicals need to be used on fleas in your home, then professionals should be contacted. They will come into the home with chemical compounds to eradicate fleas more quickly than with natural methods. Once fleas are eradicated from your home and pets, it is important to take steps to prevent a reinfestation.
As far as pets are concerned, there are countless products that can be used for getting rid of fleas. These products include shampoos, sprays, topical medication, and more.
How to Keep Fleas Away
It is important to kill all of the fleas in your home as even a few left alive can lead to another infestation fairly quickly. There are several steps that can be taken to prevent fleas from coming back. Make sure to vacuum regularly, and wash pet bedding at least once a week in hot water. Also be sure to purchase preventative treatments for pets. These treatments are normally applied once a month and often help to prevent other pests such as ticks.
Getting rid of fleas can be a daunting task but with all of the options for eradication, everyone can find something that will work for them. Keeping pets and homes flea free will allow you and your pet to live a happier, more comfortable, pest free life.
More About Fleas:
Flea Management Guidelines
Types of Fleas
Pest Control Information – Fleas
Safer Flea Control Options
Fleas – Torment For Your Cat
Using an Integrated Approach to Control Fleas
Fleas, Fleas Everywhere, and I Don’t Have Pets
Fleas on Dogs and What You Can Do About Them
Flea Problems – Flea Removal and Treating Fleas
Dealing With Fleas in Your Home
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.