03 Apr 2018 How to Keep Your Pets Safe from Fleas
With the warmer weather of spring and summer comes one of pet owners’ worst enemies—fleas. Fleas are not only a nuisance to have in your house, they can cause your pet discomfort and pain. The best way to protect your pets against fleas is to stop them from showing up in the first place. Below are a few ways you can keep your pets safe from fleas naturally and easily.
Detox Your House
Fleas never come in small numbers, instead they show up to your house in the form of infestations. These tiny pests can be a huge nuisance as they spread rapidly throughout your entire house and lay eggs that can hatch even after you think you’ve finally gotten rid of the last flea. Having fleas in your home is a surefire way for them to get on your pet and cause them discomfort. One of the best ways to avoid a flea infestation in your home is to take the proper preventative measures beforehand. Here are a few things you can do to keep the fleas at bay during the warm months:
- Steam-clean your carpets
- Vacuum at least once a week
- Place a flea collar in your vacuum
- Use non-toxic sprays and powders to kill existing fleas and eggs
- Clean and vacuum any furniture your pet likes to lay on
Clean Your Pet’s Bedding
In order to keep fleas at bay in your home and on your pet, it’s important to understand the life cycle of a flea. Normally a flea’s life cycle is 20 weeks, but during the warm summer months the life cycle reduces to 2 weeks. This means that fleas reach adulthood and are able to reproduce more quickly, making your infestation harder to get rid of once it starts. Just like you would clean your carpets and furniture once a week, it’s important to do the same for your pet’s bedding. Cleaning any cushions, beds, blankets, and pillows your pet sleeps on at least once a week can help get rid of existing fleas and eggs before they have a chance to hatch or reproduce.
Keep Your Yard Tidy
Another important aspect of flea prevention is maintaining your yard. The grass around your house is where your pet probably spends a lot of time and is the breeding ground for potential flea problems. To reduce the risk of fleas laying their eggs and hatching in your yard make sure you keep your grass mowed and water your lawn frequently. By keeping your grass short, you allow more sun and heat to penetrate the soil which discourages flea eggs from hatching. By watering your grass frequently, you can essentially drown any existing eggs before they have a chance to hatch.
Try Repellents and Treatments
If prevention methods don’t work or you find that you already have a flea infestation, it’s time to look into treatments. If there are fleas on your pet, you can try combing them out with a flea comb or using special flea shampoo to get rid of existing fleas and eggs. It’s also important to remember that you can ask your vet for flea prevention medicine that can be applied to your pet’s skin before flea season begins. This can greatly reduce your pet’s risk of getting fleas and bringing an infestation in your house. If you do find yourself with a home flea infestation, there are a variety of natural repellents, sprays, and powders that can be used to kill any fleas or eggs. Remember to keep your carpets and furniture clean in order to prevent another infestation from happening!
Fleas are fun for no one and can put a damper on your warm-weather fun. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to prevent flea infestations before they happen.
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