If you have indoor pets, then you have or have had fleas in your home. These nasty little pests eat at your skin just as eagerly as they do your animals. Once you find one flea, they seem to multiply exponentially very quickly. This is because a single female flea can produce hundreds of eggs each month. Read on before you decide to throw your pets out into the yard.
The first step is to start killing the fleas at the source – your pet! Fleas love their warm furry bodies and will lay eggs on your furry friends. When you get close to your pet, some of the braver fleas will jump onto you. Fleas can jump over six feet! After exploring your home, they will return to their cozy home on your pet to feed and breed. You will have to make their home uncomfortable!
A good old fashioned flea bath will kill most of the fleas in your home. This will not get rid of all of the fleas, but you have to get rid of their nesting ground. Read the instructions of the flea bath you purchase carefully, and get to washing. Not only will the chemicals in the flea bath kill any fleas attacking your pet, the residue remaining after you rinse will keep any remaining fleas from hopping back onto your pet.
Get a flea collar! Place this onto your pet immediately after their flea bath. This will keep fleas away from your pet. You now have the rest of the fleas that didn’t get killed in the flea bath cornered! These fleas are now hiding all over the house, but mainly in your carpet. These fleas have laid thousands of eggs in your carpet as well. Getting rid of the flea eggs is a must!
The first step is to vacuum every carpeted area in your house thoroughly. Empty your vacuum outside of the house. The vacuum will not kill them. Buy some flea and tic spray from your local retail store and spray over your carpets to keep safe. Read the instructions on your flea spray and follow them carefully. Many household flea sprays are safe to spray directly onto your pets’ fur. Be sure not to spray near their face.
Be sure to check for any cracks or crevices that lead from the outside of your home to the inside. Spray these areas thoroughly as well. Be sure to spray the spaces around all your doors and windows to ensure that no fleas will come in.
There may be some fleas lurking in your bedding as well, so wash all of your bedding on the hottest setting possible. Add a few splashes of the flea spray to the water and a capful of color safe bleach. This will kill off the stubborn fleas that don’t drown.
Spray around your home once a week to maintain your flea free home. It is also important to give your pet regular flea baths and to change their flea collar when necessary. Now you can rest easy and itch free in your flea free home. Keeping your pets inside while keeping pesky fleas outside is a wash and spray away!