Has your dog recently brought fleas into your home? Fleas can be a nasty pest to eliminate from your house, primarily because they're so hard to locate. You may not even notice them until you see your dog itching frequently or you find bite marks on you or your family's skin. Fleas love dark places, so they may hide deep in your carpet fibers or in other hard-to-see places. And if you notice your dog itching, it's very likely that the fleas have already spread to other places in your home as they have great jumping ability. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to remove fleas. Here is a three-step process for getting rid of the fleas in your home:
Wash everything. The first step is to wash everything in your home that may have been exposed to fleas. Considering how far fleas can jump, this can include a lot of items. Start with your dog's bedding, blankets, and favorite toys. Then you should assume that the items you touch regularly are also infected. Wash your linens, towels, clothes and other items.
Find a cleaner that has an insect growth regulator and use it to wash down counters, tables, and all other surfaces. Insect growth regulators prevent flea larvae from turning into adults, preventing them from reproducing. Finally vacuum your entire carpet, being sure to hit areas that may not get a lot of sunlight. As you're cleaning, it's a good idea to isolate your dog in a small space so fleas can't recontaminate the area you just cleaned.
Give your dog a shampoo. After you clean the house, the next step is to get the fleas off your dog. One way to do that is to give the dog a bath with a flea killing substance. If you want to use all-natural ingredients, consider something like rosemary oil or eucalyptus oil. You can find shampoos with these oils in any pet store. Start with the dog's neck and its rear end and then move inward. Fleas will find new places to hide, so when you start on the ends of the dog and move in, you'll get them as they're trying to escape.
After the bath, be sure to get your dog started on a flea-killer product, like a collar, a spot-on treatment, or even a pill. Your vet can recommend the best option.
Kill the remaining fleas. Finally, there's a good chance that you didn't get all the fleas during your cleaning. To get the rest of them, fill small dishes with a mix of water and laundry detergent and place the dishes around your home. The fleas will be lured by the reflective light and will jump into the water, where they will be poisoned by the detergent. Be careful, though, not to place the dishes in a spot where your dog could drink the liquid.
You can also use a dehumidifier in a room that is infested, as fleas require a certain amount of humidity in the air to survive. If you reduce the humidity, the fleas will naturally die off.
If you complete all of these steps and still have fleas, you may want to call a pest control expert, such as Eagle Pest Eliminators. They can help you remove the fleas for good.
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