We Love Our Pets, But What About Their Pests? | How to Handle Flea Infestation

December 7th, 2015

Dog with fleas scratching itself

Having a pet is great, since they bring so much joy in our lives. However, you need to be careful when it comes to pet hygiene because they tend to get fleas. Here are some steps that will guide you about how you are supposed to get rid of the pests from your pet and your home.

Removing Fleas from Your Pet

It is important that you attack the fleas on all the stages of its life. Removing the eggs is the most important part, because all your efforts will go to waste if new fleas will hatch out of them. There are different methods of removing the fleas, depending on the severity of the situation.

  • Shampoo: A flea shampoo is a good choice as it will kill the fleas on contact. However, you must check whether the brand that you have chosen attacks the eggs and the larvae, because if it is only targeting adult fleas then that will only be a temporary solution to the problem.
  • Flea Sprays and Powders: In order to kill the fleas you can apply the spray and the powder to the pet. Again, you need to be sure that the product you are using is attacking the eggs. Make sure that the powder doesn’t dry out your pet’s skin.
  • Flea Collars: There are two types of flea collars. One of them excretes a toxin, which contains an insecticide that gets absorbed in the pet’s skin, whereas the other type of collar emits gas that kills fleas. Both of these collars help in getting rid of the pest.
  • Spot Treatments: There are certain spot treatments that attack the flea’s nervous system, and the eggs and the larvae. These treatments can help in keeping away the fleas for a few months.
  • Oral Medicine: There are oral medications for fleas, however, it is advised that you go to vet first. They will have a look at your pet and will then suggest a suitable medicine accordingly.
  • Flea Comb: You can run a flea comb on your pet’s fur, but this procedure can be tiring, and it usually doesn’t work on the eggs.
  • Removing Fleas from Your Home: It is important that you remove the fleas from your home as well. This includes vacuuming the entire house thoroughly (carpet, curtains, and furniture) as well as washing all sheets with hot water (as well as your pet’s bed).
  • How to Prevent Them from Coming Back: Once your pet and house will be flea-free, you will have to take some precautionary measures. For example, keep the grass trimmed (especially in our humid climate) and spray insecticide in your garden.

Expert Flea Removal in Fort Myers, Naples, and SWFL

If you’re having problems with fleas in your Southwest Florida home, your best option will be to contact a full pest control company.

Alford Wildlife offers full pest control and wildlife removal in Lee and Collier Counties. With our full pest control services, you can rest assured knowing that all traces of rodents, insects, and anything in between will be eradicated from your property.

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