Fleas suck the blood of animals and humans. They live on pets, carpets, furniture, and other household goods. If the fleas are ingested, they are capable of spreading parasites such as tapeworms. To prevent flea bites, it is important to apply preventive measures to keep fleas away from your pet, yourself, and your home. Protect yourself and of course your four-legged loved one in the household using the following pointers.
- Medicate your pets. Use flea killer on your pets before they even have a chance to bite your dogs or cats. Consult your veterinarian for the right medication and dosage for your pets. Fast acting flea killer and preventive medications are available to help solve flea problems immediately and stop these blood sucking insects from being able to reproduce. Instead of using chemicals on your pets, you can also use natural remedies such as essential oils and other homemade recipes. Natural oils such as Lavender, Citronella, and Lemongrass are known to effectively keep the fleas at bay. These essential oils also have healing and soothing effect on the pet's hair and skin.
- Clean your home. Vacuum cleaning regularly is a must especially if you have pets living inside your home. Flea eggs usually settle on carpets and rugs, and furniture such as sofas and chairs inside the house. Wash your carpets, rugs, and furniture with hot soapy water after vacuuming. For best results, apply insecticide. Ensure however that you seek a pesticide consultant's advice prior to application as pesticides can be harmful to humans as well as your pets if not used properly. More importantly, frequently wash pet beddings in hot soapy water and dry them in direct sunlight. If necessary, replace the beddings with new ones.
- Clean the outside of your house. Dogs and cats that roam in your lawn or yard have bigger chances of getting fleas. Hence it is important to regularly clean these areas outside your house as well. Remove weeds and areas of high vegetation where your pets hang about. Flood the entire lawn periodically as water can wash off the feces of adult fleas on which larvae thrive. Do not forget to clean and disinfect the doghouse. Always remember to use insecticides with caution, as they can be detrimental to your pets as well.
- Clean your vehicle. If you take your pets for a ride or if you happen to park on a flea infested area, chances are you are carrying fleas on the upholstery and carpet of your vehicle. Vacuum, wash, and shampoo the upholstery and carpet of your car regularly to keep your vehicle free from fleas. You may also spray insecticide depending on the severity of the infestation. Again, apply proper caution when using pesticides.
- Grow flea-repelling herbs around your house. Examples of plants that are known to repel fleas are pennyroyal, fennel, catnip, and eucalyptus. You can grow them in your garden, near the doghouse, or inside your home or apartment.
Getting rid of fleas can be very difficult and expensive if they have already infested your home severely. While you can take up the responsibility of removing them yourself, you can refer to pest control professionals to help you do the job.