How to stop a flea infestation in its tracks

Cleaning your living space is one of the effective steps in stopping a flea infestation

Flea prevention, when practiced properly, can be sufficient in reducing the risk of a flea infestation. But sometimes things slip through the cracks. And when it comes to fleas, it doesn't take much for the situation to become out of control. For example, in only 30 days, 10 female fleas can multiply to more than a quarter of a million new fleas. 

However, once you see the signs of a flea infestation, all is not lost. There are many ways in which you can take control of a flea infestation and turn the tide of war against the pests.

The first step is usually cleaning your home. No matter the severity level of the flea infestation, cleaning your home is a must. Vacuum the carpets thoroughly and clean your pet's bedding, or any other area where your dog or cat often spends time. Pet health resource PetCareRX suggested you may even have to remove your carpet entirely if the problem has become severe enough. In a warm, humid environment, fleas thrive, and a carpet can act as a haven for the pests. A carpet is difficult to clean completely, ensuring that at least some of the fleas may be left behind in it. 

It's also prudent to clean areas that aren't in your home, but are used often, like your car. Fleas could be on your person or clothing as well, enabling them to travel anywhere you go and create a possible infestation in those areas. 

Remember to check your pet for fleas, too. Chances are your pets travels to most areas of your home, meaning if they're carrying fleas they've exposed those areas of your house to them as well. 

Flea prevention products
Sometimes a flea infestation can get completely out of control. It's important to remember that fleas aren't just an annoyance, but a possible danger to your pets. Sometimes the only option left is to treat your home with products designed to kill the pests. The Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Carpet Powder effectively kills fleas for up to 30 days, and prevents reinfestation for up to one year. 

There's also yard and kennel sprays to treat your outdoor area, increasing the chances that fleas won't find their way into your home. 

This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We offer complete flea and tick protection for your pet, home and yard.