Fleas are no joke. Once fleas have infested your furry friend, they’ll reproduce and spread all over your home. When you’re dealing with fleas, you have to take a serious, multi-pronged approach. It’s not enough to do just one method to get rid of fleas because fleas make themselves at home on your pet’s body, throughout your abode, and in your yard. If you have a flea infestation in your home or on one of your pets, there are things you need to do to take control of the situation and banish fleas before it becomes an even bigger problem.
1. Lovingly Treat and Wash Your Pet
If your pet is under siege by fleas, you’ll want to thoroughly clean and groom your pet with specially-formulated topical products. You can find flea treatment shampoos and conditioners and medicated brushes to help remove fleas from your pet. Then, to help keep fleas at bay, you can administer veterinarian-recommended medications to deter fleas from your pet so that the poor thing doesn’t keep getting re-infested.
2. Thoroughly Clean and Then Clean Some More
When we say “thoroughly clean,” we’re not kidding around. Fleas will infest anywhere your pet has been, including carpet, bedding, drapes, blankets, and furniture. Once you’ve cleaned your pet and put them somewhere away from your home, you’ll need to clean everything in sight—including any vehicles you’ve had your pet in. And don’t forget to clean or toss out your pet’s toys. When possible, we’d even recommend throwing away your pet’s bedding and starting fresh. Trust us, it’s worth it.
3. Vacuum Like Nobody’s Business
Vacuuming is an effective treatment against fleas. When confronted with fleas, you seriously need to vacuum all your carpets, rugs, furniture, and fabrics—pretty much everything except the kitchen sink. Once you’ve vacuumed everything, you’ll want to put the filled vacuum bag in a sealed plastic trash bag and throw it away outside, in a sealed garbage container. If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner, empty the contents outside and rinse the canister with hot water and soap or a little bleach. You’ll want to thoroughly vacuum for a couple of days and stay on a daily vacuuming schedule for about a month. Otherwise, you’ll likely prolong your battle with fleas. We know… fleas are a pain, but consistent vacuuming makes one of the biggest differences in seeing results.
4. Use Flea Pest Control
Other than treating your pet for fleas and thoroughly cleaning your home, the most important step is to use pest control products on the outside and inside of your home. Consult your pest control company to ensure you coordinate treatments in the right areas of your home, and make sure to follow instructions and guidelines from your field expert after they complete treatment. They’ll give you tips to help ensure you keep fleas out.
It’s an understatement to say that fleas are a huge pain, and you shouldn’t be left alone to fend them off. If you’d like to learn more about how to get rid of fleas in your home, contact Moxie Pest Control for a free consultation and quote.