Fleas are responsible for some of the tiniest but most agitating bites. Usually they are brought into most homes by the family pet. If there are fleas in your home, you have to take steps to eliminate them as soon as possible. This is because fleas multiply very fast and can increase their number to millions in less than a week. It can be really challenging to get rid of these annoying insect if you don’t know exactly what to do. Below are some tips for getting rid of these tiny parasites:
Treat your carpet
This has to be done to make sure that your pet won’t get re-infested by fleas jumping from the carpet back on your pet. There are flea powders and sprays made to kill fleas that have made a home in your carpet. Follow directions carefully on these products to avoid any issues.
Wash your pet with flea shampoo
If there are fleas in your home, there are definitely some on your pet as well. That is why bathing your pet is an important step to ridding your home of fleas. Do not use anything other than flea shampoo designed for pets because they cause irritation and can also cause serious harm to their health. Start with the neck to prevent the fleas from jumping to the head. Rinse your pest using warm water to remove any remaining fleas. You can also use a flea comb to remove any fleas left after the shampooing. Thoroughly dry your pet and then apply a flea treatment product that has been recommended by your vet.
Clean the pet bed
Your pet’s bed can harbor thousands of fleas too. You can easily treat it by throwing it in the wash. Make sure to use hot water when washing your pet’s bed to disinfect it as well as eliminate the fleas. You will not be achieving anything if you clean your pet and you forget to clean his bed.
Keep your pet inside as much as possible
Fleas are usually picked up from outside. Therefore, unless your pet is an outside pet, the best way you can prevent flea infestation again is keep your pet inside if possible. If you can’t keep him inside all the time, limit the amount of time that he spends outside.
And if home treatment doesn’t work or if you would rather have professionals treat your home from the start, then do not hesitate to contact Stryker Pest Control in Columbus, Ohio, who can assist you with ridding your home of fleas. However, keep in mind that you still need to complete all the steps for flea treatment of your pet and his bed.