Fleas are pesky bugs that you may find on your dog or cat from time to time. You may even notice them on your clothing or on your skin. They can bite and cause your pets to scratch or bite, and they can even bite you as well, leaving itchy bumps on your body. Fleas live in the grass, but can come inside after jumping onto your shoes or socks, or onto your pets fur. You can also bring them to your home from another home that has fleas. See below for tips on how to get rid of fleas and prevent them from returning.
Give Your Pet A Bath
Give your pet a flea bath using flea shampoo designed to kill fleas that are on their skin and fur. If you aren't able to do this at your home, take your pet to a groomer or to the veterinarian for a flea bath or flea dip. Be sure to lather their fur and gently massage the shampoo into the skin to kill the fleas.
Vacuum your home often to get rid of fleas in your carpeting. Empty the canister or bag outside of your home, don't leave it in your kitchen trash bag, or you'll defeat the purpose. Vacuum all of the carpeting in your home.
Use A Flea Bomb
Flea bombs can be purchased at your local hardware, grocery or big box store. Follow the manufacturer's directions to set off the canister in your home. Typically you use one for every floor in your home. The canister sets off a pesticide fog that will kill fleas (and some other pests) in your home. The house should be cleared and all pets removed before setting off this type of pesticide fog. The house will need to be aired out and vacuumed before re-entering the home.
Kill Fleas In The Yard
If you have a big problem with fleas in your yard, you may want to begin using a pesticide in your yard to kill fleas and other pests that can harm your pets such as ticks. Look for a granular pesticide that can be sprinkled in the yard, then wet with a garden hose to activate it. These are usually safe for your pets after the dust has settled and dried. You may need to do this more than once throughout the warm weather season when fleas may be abundant.
Use A Flea Preventative
Talk to your veterinarian about a flea preventative you can give to your pet to keep fleas (and ticks) away. There are a number of different types you can choose from, be it a treat form that can be eaten, a liquid medication you put on the back of your pet's neck or flea collars. Talk to your veterinarian about which type is best for your pet.
Fleas are pests that can cause quiet a hassle for your pets and for you as well. Get rid of them and prevent them from returning by following the tips above. For more information, contact establishments like Evergreen Veterinary Clinic.