Chances are your dog or cat spends a lot of time in the home. That's why, while flea prevention and animal wellness as a whole start with careful attention paid to your pet, it's also vital to focus on your pet's environment. Making sure that surfaces where your dog or cat spends time are clean is a simple way of ensuring that fleas and ticks aren't spread throughout your home.
According to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky, if you treat your pet but ignore the pet's premises (the home), you'll miss 90 percent of the flea population. Simple actions like removing a pet's toys, cleaning or destroying a pet's bedding and vacuuming can help rid your home of fleas entirely.
Effective home treatment
Fleas can develop into a serious problem sometimes – so serious that a simple day of cleaning and vacuuming may not do the trick. In these types of cases, it's necessary to take the next step and use flea removal products in your home. Even if this will seem like just another inconvenience, it's certainly better than the alternative of living with fleas in your home, which bother you and your pet horribly. The Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Carpet Powder kills ticks for up to 30 days and prevents reinfestation for up to a year.
Once fleas have become established in the home, it isn't impossible to remove them, although at times it may feel that way. Products like the Flea & Tick Carpet Powder are needed to not only kill active fleas, but suppress the eggs, larvae and pupae, noted the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. This will prevent what may feel like a vicious cycle of flea infestation, where even after you kill the adult fleas, there's just another batch of them ready to spread at a later time.
Getting to them before it's too late
It's also worth it to use products on any areas that are likely to be infested in the future. Other carpets or rugs, bedding and furniture are all possible destinations for an outbreak of fleas and annoyance and itching for your dog or cat. Attacking the problem before it's in full swing is the perfect way to never go through the stress of ridding your home of fleas again. And although it's never 100-percent known what your dog or cat will bring into the home in the future, at least you'll have the peace of mind knowing that you've done every preventative measure that you could do to keep your home flea-free.
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