Getting Rid of Fleas and Protecting Your Pet
A flea infestation is an awful situation. Fleas not only cause problems for your pet like itching, hair loss, sores, and increased risk of infection and parasites, these pests are also known for setting up shop in and around your home and starting a cycle of reproduction that can be difficult to control.
This is why it is always better to protect your pet from fleas with a monthly preventative or flea collar before they strike. However, if you do find that your pet has picked up fleas, you should begin the process of removal right away. Follow these steps for getting rid of fleas and making sure that they won’t be coming back.
Flea Removal in 8 Steps
Step 1: Getting Rid of Fleas on Your Pet
Start by getting rid of fleas on your pet’s body with a flea bath or flea treatment pill. Use a flea comb instead if your pet has already taken their monthly preventive pill or spot-on treatment.
Step 2: Protect Your Pet From Fleas
After removing the fleas from your pet, give them an oral preventative, spot-on treatment, or flea collar. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before combining any treatments.
Step 3: Clean Your Pet’s Bedding
If your pet has fleas, chances are that their bedding does, too. Wash your pet’s bedding and blankets on the hottest wash and dry cycles. Bedding sprays and powders can also be used.
Step 4: Continue Prevention
Keep your pet protected throughout the year with a monthly preventative or flea collar.
Once you’ve treated your pet, it’s time to treat your yard. The fleas that hopped onto your pet may have come from your yard in the first place, or they may be living there now after hitching a ride from elsewhere.
Step 5: Mow the Lawn
Fleas like hanging out in damp and shady environments. When you mow your lawn, sunlight is able to reach the soil, which results in a less-than-ideal habitat for fleas.
Step 6: Clear the Clutter
Fleas are expert sneaks. They like to hide out in areas where they won’t be seen -- like piles of leaves, rocks, and wood. Clear the clutter from your yard and fleas will have fewer place to take cover.
Step 7: Spray the Yard
Applying flea spray to your yard and garden helps to kill fleas and prevent future infestations. Be sure to remove toys belonging to your pets or children before spraying the yard, and keep people and animals away from the yard after spraying for as long as the product recommends. The amount of time that the spray will work as a flea preventative will vary depending on the product. Check the label and re-spray as needed.
Step 8: Water the Yard
Use a hose to wet down areas of the yard where fleas are likely to have laid their eggs. Water around garden beds and trees until slightly flooded to kill flea eggs and flea larvae.
Getting rid of fleas can be an unpleasant and time-consuming ordeal. To avoid it, protect your pet before they pick up fleas!