Flea infestations are a common problem for household pets. Fleas can cause significant discomfort and health problems to your favorite furry friend, as well as your entire family. Fortunately, you can prevent flea infestations by utilizing flea prevention methods and treating your pet with over-the-counter or prescription medications. If you spot a flea on your dog or cat, start treating the problem immediately.
Fleas drive many people crazy.
You may not know it, but fleas are quite the problem. They can cause your pets and children to become sick, or even infest your house with their eggs. They are small, brown creatures that are nimble enough to jump six feet in the air. If you have fleas, you will probably want them gone as soon as possible.
So what do you do? The best way to get rid of fleas is by using a topical treatment like Frontline or Advantage (available at most pet stores). These treatments typically cost $40-$60 per bottle and last a month; however they only work on dogs and cats—not humans. If you’re looking for something more natural, there’s always diatomaceous earth! This powdery substance kills by absorbing moisture from insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dry out and die over time (but please note: this treatment does not work on ticks!).
Are fleas dangerous?
Fleas can transmit tapeworms to dogs and cats. Fleas also carry a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to humans and animals, including:
- Lyme disease
- Cat-scratch fever
- Plague (rare)
Flea bites are itchy and uncomfortable and can cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you are allergic to flea saliva, you may develop hives or welts on your skin when bitten by a flea or ingesting flea feces (in dog food for example). In addition, several species of ticks use cats as hosts for their larvae stages; these include the deer tick (which transmits Lyme disease), American dog tick (which transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever), brown dog tick (transmitter of Ehrlichia ewingii) and Lone Star Tick.
How do you get rid of fleas?
You can get rid of fleas in a number of ways. You can:
- Use a flea spray to kill the fleas on your pet and in your home.
- Place a flea bomb, which is an insecticide that you place in your house and it kills all the insects inside it for up to 24 hours.
- Use a topical product on your pet to kill any adult or larval stages of the fleas.
How to kill fleas in your yard
To eliminate fleas in your yard, you’ll need to use one of the following methods:
- A flea spray. If you don’t mind the smell, this will kill any fleas that have infested your yard. You can buy a flea spray at most pet stores or online.
- Vacuum and then treat with a flea spray. This is another option for killing off any existing fleas in your yard, as well as preventing new ones from breeding on grass or other surfaces (like concrete). Simply vacuum up all of the debris from around your yard and patio area using an upright vacuum cleaner—make sure to get every corner so there are no hidden areas where eggs can survive!
- Then follow up with a general-purpose insecticide spray such as Suspend SC that’s safe for humans and pets alike (but not kids under 6 months old). It won’t take long before this method kills off what little life remains after vacuuming up dead insects like ants and beetles into oblivion – then just throw away those nasty clumps they’re holding onto while they die off slowly over time!
How to make a natural flea spray
A natural flea spray can be made by mixing 1 cup of water with ½ cup of white vinegar and adding 15 drops each of tea tree oil, lavender oil and eucalyptus oil. Mix the solution well before spraying it on your pet’s coat and in your home. This mixture will also keep the fleas from returning as long as you use it regularly every day or two. Spray this solution around your yard as well so that any other insects won’t come into contact with it.
The first step toward treating a flea infestation is prevention. This means keeping your pet safe from those tiny bugs in the first place. Comb through their fur and wash them regularly to keep them clean and bug-free, and check regularly for signs of fleas. If you do find some fleas, don’t panic: there are plenty of ways to get rid of them. You can try a chemical treatment, such as sprays or shampoos, or go more natural with herbal remedies. Either way, if you take the time to keep your pet happy and healthy by dealing with the problem immediately (and safely!), then getting rid of a pesky case of fleas will be no big deal at all!