How to prevent a flea infestation this fall

Keep your furry friend safe this season with these flea prevention tips.

According to the Prairie View Animal Hospital, flea season begins in May and goes through winter, but the worst months are September, October and November. As we coast into the most flea-infested weeks, it's important to take precautionary measures in preventing these pests from harming for your furry friend.

Consider these flea control and prevention tips for fall:

Bathe your dog regularly
The first and most important step in flea prevention is bathing your dog regularly, according to Banfield Pet Hospital. Using shampoos designed specifically for flea prevention, such as Hartz® UltraGuard® Rid Flea & Tick™ Shampoo, will effectively prevent and eliminate pesky parasites.

Take care of your yard
Even if you use a preventive flea shampoo on your furry friend, it's in your best interest to maintain a well-kept yard to eliminate the initial problem. Dr. Becker of Mercola suggested keeping the grass mowed, weeds pulled and bushes trimmed at all times. And be sure to clear debris on a regular basis – as it accumulates, small pests will make it their home before jumping on your dog's back.

Vacuum your home thoroughly
Even if you take great care of your yard, the fleas might still find a way to hop onto your dog and hitch a ride indoors. That's why it's very important to vacuum your home thoroughly, especially the areas your pup frequents on a regular basis. Cesar's Way said this is an effective way to clean up all flea eggs, larvae and pupae that might've made their way inside.

Clean your pet's bedding weekly
For the same reasons your carpeting needs attention, it's important to wash your dog's bedding. Make it a weekly habit to wash your pet's blankets on the hottest cycle setting possible.

Apply a topical treatment
Applying a topical medication to your dog every month is one of the most effective precautionary measures you can take during flea season. Hartz® UltraGuard® Topical Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs and Puppies is a fast-acting formula that starts killing fleas within 15 minutes. It repels most pests for at least 30 days, so it'll require a new application every month.

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz®. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.