House Pets & Pests – A Homeowner’s Guide Against Fleas

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Pests are a nightmare to have in your home. The common pests which most American households complain about are roaches, ants and flies. The occasional rats are also a burden and would usually result in one calling the pest control company.

The famous flea however is in a league of its own. Just mention of the word is enough to make your skin crawl. This is because fleas are extremely hard to get rid of. They also prey on your pets and sometimes your family members too!

Do not fret as it is possible to get rid of fleas on your own. There is no need to call the pest control company unless the infestation has gone out of hand. Try these simple steps first and see if they work.

1st Step: Make sure they’re fleas!

dog-petBefore you can fix the problem, you have to first identify it. Many people confuse fleas with mites and bedbugs. They are however rather different and the method of getting rid of them is different as well. The most obvious sign that you have a flea infestation is if you find them on your pet. The fleas will be stuck to the skin of your pet where they suck blood. The most common areas that fleas are attracted to are the stomach and hind legs of your pet. If your dog has recently given birth to a litter of puppies and are nursing them, fleas will be crowding the nipple area as this area is the softest and provides the easiest access to blood.

Many people do not know this but fleas are attracted to light colors. If you do not have pets but suspect you still have a flea problem, wear some light colored socks and walk around your house. If there are fleas, they will jump onto your socks and cling to it. Remember to dispose of the sock immediately if there are many fleas attached to it.

2nd Step: Vacuum the entire house

Once you have identified that they are indeed fleas, your first step should be to vacuum the whole house. Remember to go an extra round over carpets and rugs to suck up the flea eggs and adults. Once done, dispose the dust bag in an airtight bag far away from your house.

You will need to repeatedly vacuum the entire house every other day for at least 3 weeks to ensure that you do not miss any fleas. If you do not get every single one of them, they will continue breeding and the entire nightmare will repeat itself.

3rd Step: Treat your pets

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You must also get rid of the fleas on your pets at the same time you eliminate them from your house. This is the best way to get rid of fleas. If you do not do this, the entire flea removal exercise will be futile as the fleas will just jump back and forth between your pet and the carpets.

There are many ways to get rid of fleas on your pet. One of the most effective way is to give your pet a flea bath. A natural bath can be put together using peppermint oil and apple cider vinegar. Next, get your pet a flea collar. The medicine in the flea collar will slowly seep into your pet and poison the fleas that suck its blood.

4th Step: Keep the fleas out!

Once you’ve gotten rid of the fleas in your home, make sure you keep them out! Make sure to give your pet a flea bath every time it goes to the groomers or to the park. Regularly vacuum your floor and carpets. If you do this, it is pretty unlikely for you to suffer a flea infestation again.