We love our pets. They give us great companionship, they are wonderful company and really cute to have around but when fleas come into the picture, it’s a whole other story.
Not only do they irritate your pets, but they bite you and reproduce quickly; making you feel like they have overrun your house. Don’t worry, because no matter how bad the situation seems, there is always a way to get rid of fleas.
Basic Flea Information
When trying to get rid of fleas, it is important to keep in mind that you not only have to kill the fleas themselves but their eggs and larvae as well or else the problem is going to seem resolved, until the eggs hatch.
Then you will be in the same boat all over again. What most people don’t realize is flea eggs can be dormant for more than a year, depending on the living conditions. This is why it’s very important to be sure you kill everything. Even if you don’t see anything, there may be eggs deep in your carpets, bedding, clothing and more.
Where To Begin
First, it is best to wash anything fleas may have come into contact with. This includes bedding, clothing (especially piles of it because these creatures love to hide) and anything else lying around that fleas could make a cozy home out of.
This is going to not only kill fleas, but larvae and eggs as well. This is a long process but completely worth it. Be sure to be as thorough as possible so you don’t have to end up doing this a second time.
On top of that, you are going to want to wash each pet with some sort of flea dip or flea shampoo. I would recommend a quick call to the vet to be sure your pet is old enough and healthy enough to be exposed to various products.
It’s always best to be safe than sorry. Dips and shampoos are going to kill most fleas, larvae and their eggs and if any are missed, they will hop off and be killed during the deeper cleaning of your home, which will be described next.
Once the basics are taken care of, it’s important to clean everything. This means vacuum the carpets, floors; getting every nick and cranny as well as steam cleaning. Clean out the vacuum and steam cleaner immediately to be sure that there are no survivors.
There are some wonderful products out there that are steam cleaner safe that not only help with pet smell but with killing fleas as well.
If you’re like most people, the cleaning alone doesn’t feel like enough and it’s nice to have a backup just in case. Flea Lights are wonderful products that have a sticky paper on the inside of them. Fleas hop through the holes in the plastic and land on the paper; just like a fly would on those strips people hang from their ceilings.
The light attracts fleas, so it’s very important to have them turned on at night especially. This is an easy way to foresee a flea problem before it gets out of control.
If it makes you more comfortable, you can hire professional cleaners; allowing them to do what they do best. This way, you know nothing will be missed and don’t risk fleas coming back.