5 Tips for Eliminating a Flea Infestation in Your Home

For any animal lover, the first sign of fleas is obvious: scratching, small red bites all over your skin and those dreaded black flakes on your white sheets. Indeed, fleas can be one of the biggest nuisances inside your home. Not only are fleas annoying – they jump, bite and are seemingly impossible to get rid of – they are also a health hazard. Fleas can cause blood borne diseases and they can cause some pets to undergo what is called anemic shock. Basically, if there are too many fleas on your pet at once, it could cause your pet to lose too much blood. In younger pets, this anemic shock can be fatal – in adult animals it can cause listlessness and loss of appetite. Here are five tips for eliminating a flea infestation in your home.

  1. Clean your home thoroughly. Your first step in removing fleas is to clean your home. For instance, you want to wash your linens, clothing, towels and you want to make sure that there aren’t any really big areas of clutter in your home. Creating a clean environment will create an inhospitable environment for fleas.
  2. Find the right flea treatment for your pet. When it comes down to it, you want to make your pet impervious to fleas and there are a number of ways to do so. One of the most effective ways is to put some kind of monthly flea treatment on your pet’s neckĀ – around the collar area – that will create a barrier of sorts. Not only will it create a barrier, but it will also make sure that the flea eggs don’t hatch. You may want to ask a veterinarian aboutĀ flea control safety treatments, because you want to use treatments that aren’t toxic. Some flea treatments can cause animals and humans to get sick.
  3. Shampoo your carpets. Just like fleas like to hide in your pet’s fur, they also like to hide in carpets. Yes, vacuuming your carpets will only go so far. Most of the fleas will get sucked up into the vacuum and then jump out again. Plus, you have the flea eggs to contend with. So, you want to get your carpets professionally shampooed to make sure that it neutralizes the fleas and flea larvae.
  4. Kill the fleas in your front and backyard. The main reason why your pet has fleas is because fleas thrive in grassy, leafy backyards and front yard environments. So, when you are trying to get rid of fleas, you want to make sure that you douse your yard areas with special flea killer. Remember, though, you have pets, so you want to use a flea killer that won’t be toxic – to pets and children.
  5. Use a special flea bomb. When it comes down to it, you may want to flea bomb your house and then stay at the neighbor’s house or your friend’s house until the allotted time has gone by. Flea bombing should only be reserved for extreme scenarios, but it can be incredibly effective.

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