Flea Control Tips

cat itching a flea

If there is one flea found in the home soon there will be hundreds. Fleas are tiny little bugs that live on cats and dogs. They survive on the blood of these animals. While humans are not the preferred meal for fleas they will still bite humans. This will cause itchy bumps that can become irritating. Fleas reproduce rapidly. Within a matter of days, a person can have hundreds of fleas in their home. There are some ways to get rid of fleas and keep them off of the pets.

Wash Everything

Every piece of fabric that a person or pet came in contact with needs to be washed on the deep spin cycle. Pet bedding, sheets, and even the throw pillows on the coach need to be washed. If there is a lot of fleas on the pet bedding it is better to throw it out. The flea eggs can still hatch in the bedding. A person should wash all the sheets and clothing they have used. Even upholstery needs a deep cleaning.

Vacuum Often

While the flea infested items are in the washer use a vacuum to remove the flea from every surface of the home even the corners and hard to reach areas. Keep the pets outside at this time so fleas will not move to areas that were just vacuumed. A mothball can be broken up and put into the vacuum to help kill the fleas so they will not jump back out. Look for areas that are cool and dry since fleas like cool spots. Remember to get the baseboards and cabinets as well because this is the area where the eggs most likely are. After vacuuming remove the bag and seal it. If the vacuum is a canister type carefully put the debris into a trash bag and tie it closed. Take the trash bags and put them in the outdoor trash pail with a covered lid. This will prevent the fleas from crawling out and infesting the home once again.

Treat the Outdoors

Take care of the yard before allowing the pets to head back outside. Cut the grass, trim the trees, and look for dark moist areas. If a dark area is found move some things around so that it gets sunlight. Fleas hate the light from the sun.  Cedarwood chips can be used in the yard. Fleas hate them and they are safe to use around pets and children. These wood chips look nice as well.

Trap the Fleas

A simple flea trap can be made. Take a shallow bowl of water and put some dish detergent it in. The fleas will head to the water and they will not be able to get out. The detergent will prevent them from escaping.

Treat the Pet

Even if the pet hates water it is time for a bath. There are a number of flea shampoos that will kill the fleas. Some natural flea repellants include rosemary and eucalyptus oil. A person can even take their pet to a professional groomer to get a flea bath. After the bath, wait a couple of days before applying flea and tick treatment to the dog’s skin. The natural oils have to build up so this topical treatment will stay with the pet for a month. There are also oral flea repellants that can be prescribed by a vet.

These are some flea control tips to help rid the home of fleas. These little pests are very annoying and they can cause irritation and harm to the pet. If the dog or cat is covered with fleas they can have sores from constantly being bitten. Humans can also get bites which lead to itching and irritation. These methods will help rid the home of fleas and will kill not only the adult fleas but the larvae as well.   Oftentimes, it is too difficult to get rid of fleas: Contact us for professional pest control services today, if you have an infestation.