Getting rid of flea infestations can be a long and stressful process for pet owners. To keep you and your pet happy, it's important to know how to get rid of fleas and how to keep them away. Proper flea control can save you having to deal with re-infestations later on.
Vacuuming and home treatment
Many owners are confused when there are still fleas on their pets despite consistent treatment. According to Texas A&M University Department of Entomology, part of the problem is that fleas can hide in bedding and furniture. After they've found places to hide, the fleas will also lay eggs, which will eventually hatch and re-infest your pet.
There are two steps to taking care of this problem. First, you should treat your home with a flea spray or similar product, which will kill adult fleas that are hiding and keeps them from laying any more eggs. Once you've done this, vacuum your home thoroughly and regularly for a few weeks. This will get rid of any flea eggs that would lead to a re-infestation. Be especially vigilant on surfaces your pet frequents, such as bedding and couches.
Treat all pets
If you have more than one pet, than you need to treat all your animals for fleas. According to Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital, some pets won't show symptoms even if they have fleas. In addition, if one pet is infested then all of the animals in the household probably are too.
This means it's important to use flea control products on all animals. Some possible solutions are to use Hartz® flea shampoo or Hartz® flea drops on each pet. This will kill the fleas that are hiding on a pet with no symptoms and keep them from laying eggs around your home or jumping onto a pet that has a flea allergy. Just remember that certain species (cats vs. dogs, for example) require specific treatments to avoid complications.
Banfield Veterinary Hospital said that their No.1 tip for how to kill fleas for good is to treat them year-round, whether or not your pets currently have fleas. This assures that any pests hiding in the house won't be able to re-infest your pet. It also means they won't bring in more fleas from the outdoors.
Pet owners, especially those with outdoor pets, may want to consider flea collars for each of their animals to keep their pets and homes flea-free.
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