A flea infestation can be one of the most annoying and time-consuming problems you’ll every have to deal with as a pet owner. While hiring a professional exterminator is usually the easiest way to deal with a flea infestation, there are ways that you can resolve it on your own.
Fleas are not necessarily brought in by your pets. They can jump onto humans and make their way into your home. Then within a week, you are dealing with a full-blown infestation!
The first thing is to not panic. Yes, fleas are annoying and they are a health hazard, but it’s honestly not as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. I’m going to walk you through several time-tested methods for getting rid of fleas once and for all!
Use a Flea Comb
You will need to start by using a flea comb on your pets. Make sure you have a way to dispose of the comb when you’re finished since fleas will get trapped in the teeth of the comb. Here is a closer look at what you need to do here.
- Start by combing your pet’s head, around the ears and also check under their tail and limbs.
- Run the comb through their fur.
- Immediately dip the comb into a bowl containing dish soap and water. This will kill any fleas that are trapped in the comb before they have a chance to jump away.
- Continue this until the pet starts to become uncomfortable.
Pet Flea Control
Combing fleas is a temporary measure so you will need to follow it up with other methods. In short, you will need to kill the fleas that are on your pet and make it so that fleas do not want to return! There are a couple of products that are sold in stores that are amazingly effective!
Keep in mind that you might have to treat your home several times in order to completely rid yourself of the infestation. This is because their might be residual eggs left over that will hatch after treatment.
Perseverance is key! Never give up!
You can also bathe your pet in flea shampoo so that fleas are killed. Most shampoo has residual effects that keep fleas from returning.
Get Rid of Fleas Forever!
You should follow the instructions on your Frontline and/or Advantage products. You will usually apply it to the back of your pet’s head near the base of their neck where it cannot be licked or scratched. The treatment is applied directly to the skin.
Now that your pet is taken care of, you’ll need to get rid of the fleas in your home. Here are some ways to do that:
- Apply a fogger to each room of your home. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure that all pilot lights are turned off since foggers are also flammable.
- Keep your family out of the home all day when using foggers.
- Protect all surfaces by placing foggers on a newspaper.
Flea infestations can be quite the headache but you are not alone. If the problem persists, don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free quote!