Get Rid of Fleas in the House

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If you’ve got a flea infestation, you know how annoying these pests can be. They multiply fast and can be difficult to remove without a proper flea control plan in place.

In order to get rid of fleas in the house, it is important to have a broad approach that addresses protection for your pets, home and yard. Without addressing all three of these domains, you will have a much harder time breaking the flea life cycle and may end up in a never ending battle.

1. Start with protection for your pets. This means providing immediate relief and then shifting to ongoing preventative methods.

There are multiple ways you can get relief to your pets. Get a good flea shampoo or flea dip and kill the adult fleas feeding on your dog or cat. We recommend going with natural products that while a little more expensive, are much safer for your pets because they don’t contain chemical pesticides.

Another option for immediate relief for dogs are flea tablets. Both Comfortis and Capstar offer tablets that kill the fleas on your dog within hours of consumption. However, while these tablets offer immediate relief for your dog, we don’t recommend them for long-term protection. After a month or two and once your home is flea free, we recommend switching to a natural supplement like Brewer’s Yeast & Garlic Tablets.

In addition to natural flea tablets, there are other safe and effective ways to prevent re-infestations. Natural flea collars and flea sprays can be used before your indoor pets go outside. For pets that spend a lot of time outdoors, flea drops like Advantage and Frontline Plus have proven to be effective options.

2. Take measures to get rid of fleas in the house.

It is time for a good vacuum for fleas. For a few months after infestation, it is vital to vacuum often and thoroughly. We recommend sprinkling some flea powder on you carpet and hour or so before vacuuming. Doing this will kill or stun the fleas making them easier to suck up from the carpet. In addition it kills any fleas in the vacuum bag.

You also want to treat the areas where your pets spend their time. Use either the flea spray or flea powder you bought on any pet bedding, couches, etc where they like to lay.

3. Once you’ve gotten relief for your pet and initially treated your home, the next step is to protect your yard.

When your pets go out, they bring fleas back in with them. The best way to prevent this is to treat your yard so that the fleas move on to the next house. One natural solution is called diatomaceous earth. You simply sprinkle it around your yard and it kills fleas naturally and with no side effects to your pets, children or lawn. Of course, there are other options for flea control for the yard as well. The important thing is to build a flea control arsenal that works for you.

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