How To Get Rid Of Fleas
Fleas are some of the most common household pests. They eat blood, much like a mosquito, and females need a blood meal before they can lay eggs. The types generally inflicting a house, home, apartment, or virtually any other modern dwelling, are cat and dog fleas.
Although they are a different species, cat and dog fleas will co-habit either animal, and worse, they don’t mind making a meal of human blood either. Flea bites on humans look like red welts and itch uncomfortably. If you are highly allergic, your entire body may swell with a case of hives. They are also known to carry diseases, with the most notable being typhus and plague. Needless to say, having a flea infested home is not a very good idea.
Going to Battle
The basic premise of flea eradication is just like being in a war zone. Think of this as going to battle. You’ll have to be aggressive, you’ll need to be disciplined and you can’t stop until the problem has been destroyed. This may sound harsh, but fleas are the enemy, and they must be given no quarter, on any level, or all of your efforts will be in vain. And just remember, the flea life cycle from laying eggs to turning into an adult is between 3 and 14 days. That’s the sector to target, and that’s the minimal amount of time required to put an end to your flea problem.
This mission will be a bit more difficult for pet owners, because even if your pets have been purged of fleas, there is a chance they can pick them up again every time they go outside. But pets or no pets, diligence above all else, is the best strategy that will truly make a difference.
Attack the Source First
If you have pets, that’s where the fleas are coming from, and it’s the first place you need to begin your conquest. Regardless of what type of pet you have, they need a flea bath, which is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of fleas on them.
A flea bath doesn’t have to actually be a “bath,” per se, there are many forms of spray shampoos that work better for cats, and other small pets. You don’t even have to use harmful chemicals either, as natural and organic compounds like clove oil and peppermint oil types are just as effective. Just spray or bathe your pet, and do this once per week, for the next month, to make sure that any left over fleas, or their larvae, are taken care of.
Laundry Specialist First Class
Virtually anywhere you, or your pet, has rested, they will have dropped eggs, larvae or fleas. Unfortunately, that means you’ll have to wash bedding, dog and cats beds, if the covers come off, and cushion covers on furniture. In most cases, the fleas will drown in the soapy washing detergent, but if you put everything in the dryer, if there are any fleas left, they won’t survive the heat.
Carpeting, furniture and area rugs must be vacuumed. Do a thorough job here and you’ll suck up the majority of the fleas and larvae that are left. As an added precaution, spray some natural shampoo into the vacuum suction before and afterwards to positively kill the fleas you have sucked up. You certainly don’t want to empty a vacuum collection bin and have the fleas jump out, only to re-infest your home again.
A good flea spray, also made with essential oils, should be sprayed where you can’t vacuum or wash. If your pet bed cover cannot be removed, spray that down as well. To make sure the carpet is flea-free, spray onto the carpeting, even onto the places where you have vacuumed, so that even if you missed a few, the spray will get them.
These natural flea sprays are virtually harmless to pets, so spraying their bedding, even on a weekly basis, is good flea busting insurance. You can find them on the Internet or at any pet supply store in your neighborhood.
Prevention and Victory
If you don’t have a pet, by spraying, washing and vacuuming regularly for 14 days minimum, and the battle will be won. If you have a pet, extend that regimen to a month.
But as you know, pets can bring fleas in from outside, so a weekly flea bath plus a natural flea spray, flea collar or even a supplement that includes yeast or apple cider vinegar, will make your pets skin intolerable to fleas, so that you’ll never have to do battle again.
Non Toxic Spray
This non-toxic spray kills larvae, eggs, and adult insects by breaking down their exoskeleton. It is safe to spray around the home and works only on the insects. Feel good about spraying indoors around pets, plants and children.
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