Dealing With Your Pet’s Fleas

Dealing with Fleas can be a daunting task. If you have pets that frolic outside in those beautiful, temperate summer afternoons, it’s almost inevitable that your pets will catch more than a few fleas.

Unfortunately once you bring those fleas indoors, they are next-to-impossible to get rid of. First off, fleas are very difficult to spot. By the time you spot your first fleas, your home may already be well on its way to infestation. Secondly, fleas are very difficult to exterminate. Once you’ve killed them on your pets, there may be thousands living in your carpets and furniture. Worst of all, these little buggers can jump over three feet high, allowing them to spread fairly easily throughout your household. If you’re hoping to get rid of your flea problem, seeking professional help may be your best bet. In the meantime however you will want to alleviate some of the problem as much as possible. Here are some tips from Wiki How on how to deal with flea infestations in your home.

Pets or no pets, fleas may be dwelling in your home. In the case that you do have pets carrying in fleas, make sure you begin to address the problem with them. Firstly, give your pet a proper soap bath. A soapy bath with a proper, and safe flea repellant solution is a very effective way of ridding your pet’s flea problem. Soapy solutions prevent fleas from grasping onto the hair shaft, drowning them into the flea-repellant filled water. Also, add a small cup of white vinegar into the bathing solution to ensure flea repellency. Thereafter, use a flea comb to pinpoint and kill any live fleas still left. Begin from the head and ears of your pet, and continue downward to the legs and tail. You can also use oral and topical medications that contain Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), which also kills bugs in their larvae or pupae stage. If you are wary of using chemicals to treat your pet’s flea problems, use strong scented oils that act as moisturizers for your pet’s skin, such as Citronella, Lavender and Lemongrass.

Once you’ve cleared your pets of their infestations, you may move onto your house. If you do not have pets, you can jump right onto this step. Most eggs are planted right in your carpets or floorboards. Once these eggs hatch into larvae, they may move onto their pupae stage, which envelopes them into a waterproof cocoon before developing into a full fledged adult flea. Therefore, it is important to machine-wash all bedding, and fabrics with warm soapy water. Rugs and carpeting should be washed and scrubbed thoroughly with warm soapy water to eliminate all larvae and cocoons. Thereafter, vacuum your entire house diligently. Vacuum furnishings, upholsterers, furniture, curtains, etc. to ensure you pick up any cocoon or larvae remnants. Do this everyday for more than a week. Finally, use either food grade diatomaceous earth or borax on your carpets to kill all remaining bugs. Wait about a week or two before you vacuum again. This process may very well become a bit extraneous, but it is the best temporary fix before extermination teams come to the rescue.

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