Keep the Fleas Away: Making Sure Your Pet and Home are Flea and Tick Free

Ugh! A flea infestation is the last thing you want to deal with, because once they get in your pet’s fur, it can be really tough to get them out! Luckily, we’ve got some tips on how to keep your pet, and home, flea and tick free.

Protection

The first line of defense for keeping fleas and ticks away from your home and pets begins with protecting your yard. If you have a home with a yard, make sure the grass is mowed and shrubs are trimmed, fleas love a place to hide.

Most hardware stores carry flea sprays that can be used to spray and protect your yard as well. Seal off any openings in your garage, shed, and under your deck to ensure wild animals and strays that are notorious flea carriers cannot get in.

Prevention

It’s also good to tackle a problem preemptively rather than after it already occurs. There are several ways to prevent fleas from attaching themselves to your pet in the first place. The easiest way is the use of veterinarian-recommended flea/tick prescriptions. Speak with your vet on which products are the most safe and effective for your pet.

Maintain your home in a way that deters fleas by vacuuming regularly and having pest control treat the perimeter of your house when needed. Pests love hiding in animals with long fur, so consider shaving your dog down in the summer. You might also want to allow your pet to wear a flea collar when he goes outside into areas where fleas are likely to be present, like dog parks.

There are many effective flea and tick control products on the market today that make flea infestations much less common in homes.

Infestation Treatments

If you suspect and have confirmed that your pet already has fleas, time is of the essence. Fleas can lead to all sorts of other problems such as flea allergy dermatitis and tapeworms. To delouse your pet, it is imperative that you kill the larvae. You can use vet-approved spot treatments and flea baths to kill fleas on your pet in all stages. You can also take him to the local pet store and have professionals do that for you.

The next step is to delouse your home. What good is getting rid of the fleas living on your pet if more will come because they’re lying in wait all over your carpets and pet beds! Thoroughly vacuum your home and wash your linens. Wash pet beds in hot water, although some beds contain plastic, so it may be best to simply replace them. If you still suspect you have fleas around the house, an exterminator is a good idea. A DIY fog kit or spray is also a more budget friendly alternative.

No one wants pests in their house and hurting their pets. By taking these precautions, you ensure that no one in your home has to suffer.