These biting bouncing insects can be a real nuisance if they infest your home. They can be hard to spot and even harder to exterminate. Fleas are not only irritating, but can be dangerous as well. Fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), hair loss, secondary skin irritations and even tapeworms. What’s even more fascinating is that flea larvae can lay dormant for as long as one year before they hatch.
To avoid having these nasty parasites in your home, there are some effective remedies you can make and use to kill them and to keep them at bay.
It’s important to mention that before you start fighting fleas with all sorts of sprays and chemicals, you should vacuum your house thoroughly. Vacuum also under the furniture and pay special attention to the carpet and rug areas, because this is the fleas’ sweet spot.
Herbal flea spray
Prior to buying any of the insecticidal chemicals, you can make your own herbal flea spray which can be equally as effective.
What you will need:
- 1 vacuum bag
- Spray bottle
- About 2 liters of water
- About 4 liters of vinegar
- 500ml of lemon juice
- 250ml of witch hazel
Mix everything and your spray is ready. Once you’ve vacuumed the whole house (or the area of the house the fleas are in) take all the things that are washable (e.g. small rugs) and wash them at high temperatures to kill larvae and adult fleas. Then spray everywhere – carpets, windows, around the furniture, pet beddings, every corner and pretty much everything that’s anywhere near the infestation. Repeat this every day for at least 5 days and your house should be free from fleas.
Essential oil are known to be strong flea repellants, and they are perfectly safe for spraying inside the house.
What you will need:
- 25 drops of Citronella oil
- 15 drops of Lemongrass oil
- Tea tree oil
- 4 liters of warm water
Again, once you’ve vacuumed everything, mix the water with essential oils and then mop the floor with this. Repeat this for a few days, and then after 5 days it’s enough to do it once a week. This will not only ward off fleas, but ticks and mosquitoes as well.
Fleas are dangerous parasites that can be a real nuisance if not treated properly. They always come back and are very resilient which is why they reproduce very easily and in great numbers. Fleas are not only stressful and irritating for dogs, but can be dangerous as well. They can cause FAD (flea allergy dermatitis), various secondary skin irritations, Lyme disease, and even anemia in some extreme cases, especially with small puppies.
If you notice small particles similar to soil and if your dog is itchy and scratchy, then you’re definitely dealing with flea infestation.
Today, arguably the most advanced preventative against fleas is the oral medication.
There are many advantages of oral flea medications, and these are just to name a few:
Effective and cost-effective
Oral flea medications are at the moment the most effective flea treatment your dog can get. They are 99.9% effective in killing adult fleas, which is way more than topical medications.
Apart from that, oral flea medications are also effective in fighting off some other pests such as ticks, intestinal parasites and worms as well. So this way you don’t have to spend money on different medications, because oral flea preventives offer all-in-one protection.
Easy to administer
These medications are in the form of chewable tablets that are usually flavored so the dog will eat it right away. No more messy topical treatments.
Entire body protection
Unlike some topical anti-flea options like Frontline, oral flea medications leave nothing to chance. The whole body is protected from fleas, and not just some of its parts.
If you want immediate results, then oral flea medications are the perfect solution. Some of the pills begin working after only half an hour, and within 4 hours your dog is practically flea-free.
Most of them are FDA approved so they are perfectly safe for your dog. Still, it’s best to consult with your local vet to see which one is the most suitable for your dog, depending on its size, lifestyle and breed. Most of the tablets are safe for use for adult dogs, as well as pregnant and lactating dogs.
Fleas are puppies’ old enemies, and they particularly like to feast on young puppies because they are perfect laying eggs. Young pups are a real treat for fleas because they are warm, and provide plenty of young blood for fleas and their offspring. Fleas can also cause a number of problems like anemia and skin irritations on puppies. An interesting thing is that fleas don’t live on puppies – they just feed off of them. That’s why you need to make sure your house is flea-free as well, because sooner or later, a new colony of fleas will lay new eggs and they will continue to feed on your pooch.
In this article we’re going to show you some of the best flea treatments for puppies and how to prepare them at your home.
But before we take a look at some of the most common pup-safe options for getting rid of fleas, first you need know that the adult anti-flea products don’t work on puppies. It’s simply because puppies are super sensitive when they’re young and none of the products are perfectly safe for use on small pups.
1. Bathing and combing
Bathe your pup in lukewarm water and then take the fine-toothed metal comb specifically designed for flea combing and comb your puppy. Comb the puppy’s fur to remove any larvae or adult flea. Make sure you kill the adult fleas you find, otherwise they will find their way back very easily. You can throw them inside a cup of boiling water or simply squash them. Just make sure you kill all of them.
2. Clean the mother and/or other pets
The same goes for mother or any other pets the pup is in contact with. Fleas sense when the puppy is anywhere near and since they always prefer younger puppies from older dogs they will be again all over you pooch in no time. You can use regular anti-flea products on the mother, but make sure you consult with your local vet first, and avoid taking over-the-counter medicines.
3. Clean the puppy’s bedding and your carpets
It’s equally as important to treat the places where your pup spends the most time playing or sleeping. Fleas love laying eggs on soft and warm places, such as carpets and beddings. So first vacuum the areas thoroughly, and then use a permethrin-based insecticide spray, such as Staykill or RIP fleas.
Fleas can be a real headache, and the worst part is – once they invade your space, they’re here to stay! This is especially true if you happen to have a carpet in your room. Carpet is a perfect habitat for fleas to thrive in.
In this blog post, we’re going to show you a few simple yet effective tips and tricks on how to eliminate the fleas from your carpet and stop them from coming back.
The first weapon you need to battle fleas is the good old vacuum cleaner. Vacuum your rugs and carpets extensively, and use the nozzle attachment to make sure you get them all. Be sure you vacuum the location where your cat or dog often spends time lying on. And while you’re doing this, make sure you pets are out or confined somewhere. Fleas prefer humid and dark locations, so vacuum under the furniture as well. For heavy infestations, continue cleaning every days for about 2 weeks.
Indoor Flea Spray
The second method using chemicals. To make sure you kill every last one of them, buy an indoor insecticide that is pet-friendly and spray it all over the carpet. Read the instruction’s manual and see what it says about the safety. Since insecticides usually just kill adult fleas, but the larvae, it’s a good idea to vacuum the carpet thoroughly once it’s dry. After a few weeks you can repeat the treatment.
Some homemade remedies include:
Fleas hate the smell of vinegar. So, mix vinegar and water (half a glass of vinegar and half a glass of water) and put it into a spray bottle. You can use apple cider vinegar if you have one.
Just like with vinegar, mix water and vinegar (1:1) and spray all over the carpet, with special focus on the areas your pets like to be around.
Soapy water flea trap
Fill a bowl with water and add a few drops if liquid dishwasher and place it somewhere next to the wall. Then take a lamp and point it towards the bowl. When the night falls, turn the lamp on and this will attract the fleas to jump towards the light and into the water.
However self-sufficient our feline buddies may look, they still need a helping hand in battling fleas. Since they lick themselves so often and they don’t really like essential oils, it can sometimes be really difficult to remove those nasty fleas. Plus, a scratching kitty can pass some of its fleas onto you. So, to be able to enjoy some quality time cuddling with you kitty yet avoid being itchy and scratchy, you need to make sure your cat is flea-free.
Examine your cat for fleas
Prior to actually spending any money on various treatment options, first you need to check whether your cat has fleas, and if so, how bad is it? Can you see any larvae?
Look at your cat’s fur up-close. Can you spot any kind of movement going on? Can you see something tiny and black bouncing off? If you can, then that’s a positive sign that your kitten has got fleas.
Get a fine-toothed flea comb (specially designed for warding off fleas) and comb your cat’s fur with this metal comb several times a day to remove the adult fleas and their tiny eggs. The comb will not only remove some of the fleas and their eggs, but it will also help with the itching sensation and will make your kitty purr with joy.
Another useful alternative if your cat has fleas is to immerse the comb into the mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, and then comb though the fur. Dishwashing liquid is poisonous to fleas, plus it’s affordable.
Other flea treatments you can use
There are many cat-friendly products you can use to fight off fleas. Your vet will probably recommend you some of the following options:
Frontline and Frontline Plus
These are the most common insecticides used to kill cat and dog fleas. Frontline provides long-lasting protection from fleas and it’s perfectly safe for your furry friend.
It is a topical insecticidal agent used in cats once a month to treat fleas. It is a perfectly safe and effective product for the control of fleas.
This medicine has multiple benefits: it helps protect your cat against adult fleas, its larvae, heartworms, ear mites and some other parasites as well.
Fleas are one of the scourges of the earth. These minute little bugs can jump 100’s of times their body length giving them the chance to leap on your furry friends or even you. Fleas leave your pets and you miserable so finding ways to get rid of them from all natural to full on chemical warfare is sanity-saving.
There are several natural ways to get rid of fleas. People who live in beach areas swear that dunking their dogs in salty ocean water gets rid of fleas. Baths with apple cider vinegar (ACV) work on the same principal as salt water. Fleas seem to be repelled by ACV. It is a non-toxic treatement than can be applied directly to the animals coat by massaging small amounts deep into the pelt. Alternatively, it can be diluted with water and put in a spray bottle for application being sure to avoid the animal’s eyes. A dash of ACV can be added to the animal’s water dish to help repel fleas from the inside out. Unfortunately animals don’t like the taste of ACV any more than humans.
When alternative treatments fail to rid your pet of fleas it is wise to turn to many over the counter options for flea treatment. The most basic is the flea collar. This can be bought in sizes for both cats and dogs. It is placed around the neck of the animal and works to prevent fleas from taking up residence on your animal. There are also flea shampoos that can be used in conjunction with flea collars.
Fleas are insidious especially when your animal is already infested. Over the counter flea drops are available at here at MyFlea.com or at most box stores and veterinary clinics. These drops are placed on the scruff of the neck where the animal can’t lick it off. Within days the fleas jump ship and leave your animal alone. These drops last an average of 30 days.
The big kahuna in chemical warfare against fleas is internal medication. There is an injection that can be given to animals that essentially sterilizes fleas and interrupts the reproduction cycle. There is also a pill that can be given to the animal that works on the same principal.
Overall prevention is the best method of getting rid of fleas. Keeping carpets vacuumed and your animals treated helps to prevent major infestations. Regular flea baths will help outbreaks and in areas with large amounts of fleas such as beaches and woods, a pet owner may want to consider the injection or pill for prevention.
Though small, fleas can be a real menace when they make their way into your home or pets. It is imperative that fleas be attended to or killed or attended to. Here are some ways you can use to kill fleas in your home and pets.
Use of botanical dust mixed with boric acid or borate powder
The easiest way to get rid of fleas in your home is not to kill the adult fleas. Killing the eggs and larvae will be more effective. This is because the lifespan of flea larvae can be as long as several weeks while that of adult fleas is only a week. Botanical dusts have been used as insecticides and borates are mineral components used widely as detergents, wood preservatives and insecticides. When applying botanical dust and borate mixture in affected areas, be sure to wear a mask to keep from inhaling the mixture. Areas to dust include the pet’s bed, furniture, bed and carpets. The best time to do this would when you are leaving for at least a day. When the dust has settled for 24 hours, vacuum the furniture, carpets and clean bedding from both beds.
Use of cedar chips
Cedar chips are readily available at local home improvement stores or pet stores. Fleas don’t like the smell ‘of cedar and as such will do anything to avoid it. You should ensure that your pet is not allergic to cedar before using it. Place the chips on the pet’s bed, under the furniture, carpet and corners of the rooms. Place them in a cotton cloth before putting them under your pillow or between your sheets.
Spray floors with an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR)
The work of Insect Growth Regulators is to stop the fleas from developing. This stops the reproduction cycle and as such is an effective way of addressing your flea problem. Buy a concentrate of IGR and mix it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spray all affected areas at least twice a month for best results.
Treat your pets for fleas
Fleas usually make their way into a home through pets in most cases. When on a mission to rid your house of fleas, consider treating your pets. The process should involve cleaning them, using flea products on the pet, rotating skin treatments and using them with IGRs as well as adding deterrents to your pet’s food.
Using shallow bowls filled with water and dish detergent
For fleas, a mixture of water and dish detergent is comparable to a toxic swimming pool. Should they jump into this pool, they die. Use a Frisbee or any shallow bowl and place it under a source of light. Fleas are attracted to light. When approaching the light, many fleas will fall into the bowl and die.
Fleas are not very common on humans as they are on pets. Flea bites on humans usually result from human fleas, cat fleas or dog fleas. These bites often appear in clusters or large groups. While some people aren’t adversely affected by flea bites, others are very sensitive to them, and the bites end up looking like red bumps on affected areas.
Cat fleas and dog fleas often bite below the knee and sometimes on the forearms if you have been stroking your pet. The bites can be spotted as red dots. Some people develop allergies to flea bites and although a rare scenarios, others develop bacterial or viral infections as a result of these bites.
When do fleas bite and why do they do it?
Fleas have evolved and can now hold 15 more blood than their weight. They have a lot of sharp spikes on their legs, which allow them to penetrate the skin of their host and release their saliva. Flea saliva contains about 15 substances, which have the potential to cause an allergic reaction in both pets and humans. All fleas need blood to survive and most feed two to three times a day.
What do flea bites look like?
Unless you have an allergic reaction, flea bites appear in red dots. When they start to itch, one may scratch a hole in the affected area. This may lead to a skin infection. Allergic reactions to flea bites are often evidenced by itchiness, large areas of redness and small pimples that need to be treated.
Flea bite treatment
Flea bites eventually get worse if one doesn’t seek treatment. This is because the itching might not stop and as such, you might not stop scratching the affected area. This can be a very frustrating and uncomfortable experience especially for those with allergies. Luckily, there are several medications and treatments that can take care of flea bites almost instantly. Some people, unfortunately, are allergic to flea bites and flea treatments. Below are a few tips you can use to get rid of flea bites:
- However difficult it may be, refrain from scratching flea bites
- Stop the itching with some lotion or cream. This also cleans the area and reduces swelling thus decreasing chances of infection.
- You can also use an antihistamine as liquid or tablets. Consult your doctor before using this.
- Cold water or ice helps to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Last but not least, the most effective way to ensure that flea bites don’t occur in future is to get rid of flea bites in your home.
Flea infestation is something that can affect any pet owner. Fleas have diverse effects on pets including allergies and causing diseases. This makes flea treatment in dogs vital. There are several control products that one can use on pets to prevent and treat flea infestation. These include sprays, shampoos, once-a-month topical products, dips, oral products and collars. It’s important to remember that even after treatment; you may see fleas on your pet for a while because getting rid of fleas is a process that takes several weeks. This is especially true if there was a big flea problem in the first place. Persistence and an effective control program is the key as the process may take months or even years depending on your situation.
Sprays: Flea control sprays come as pump bottles and aerosols. Go for a product that contains an insect growth regulator as well as an adulticide. Spray your pet in a well-ventilated area and adhere to the manufacturer’s and vet’s directions for use.
Shampoos: Flea shampoos help to get rid of adult fleas that are already on your pet. Proper use of shampoo entails working it over the entire body and leaving it to sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Most shampoos contain little or no residue activity, and they often contain pyrethrins.
Once-a-month Topicals: These insecticides are usually applied on the pet’s back, and they are probably the easiest flea products to use. Be sure to check the label as some products can prove to be harmful to your pet. Ingredients include pyrethrin, permethrin and fipronil.
Collars: These can be very effective for getting rid of fleas, but they have to be used properly. You should be able to get two fingers between your pet’s neck and the collar to achieve the right degree of snugness. Cut off any excess collar to prevent other pets from chewing on it. Moreover, it’s important to read the instructions on the package as the effectiveness of different collars last for different periods. The effectiveness may also be affected by different factors including water. Other dogs may experience irritation, and if that happens, it’s best to seek another treatment.
Dips and Rinses: These are applied to the entire body, and they usually have some residual activity. Dips and rinses should be applied in well-ventilated areas. Apply an ophthalmic ointment in your dog’s eyes and put cotton balls in the ears of your pet during application.
Fleas in pets only account for 5% of fleas in your house. Flea eggs and larvae hide in carpets, pets’ beds or even furniture. The ones you can see make up a small percentage of fleas in your home. It’s no secret that fleas can make life in your home unbearable. A special treatment plan is, therefore, important to keep them out. Any effective plan should include chemical as well as physical methods. Ready to crack your flea problem? Read on to find out which methods are most effective for this task.
While this won’t get rid of all the fleas in your home, regular cleaning of your clothes, towels, beddings, furniture covers and any other clothing will help control flea infestation in your home. Wash every piece of the above on a weekly basis.
Vacuuming your home and thoroughly cleaning it
As noted above, fleas are likely to hide in carpets, crevices and pets’ beds. To help remove them, be sure to clean every nook and cranny in your house. Vacuum the carpets to remove any fleas, larvae or eggs that might be hiding in them. When cleaning, adhere to the following for effective results.
Clean your pet’s toys and if there’s a toy you can’t clean, throw it out
Sweep and mop tile or wood floors
Throw the bag every time after vacuuming as the vibrations accelerate hatching of the eggs
Wash your pet’s bedding
Insecticides come in handy when it comes to getting rid of fleas in your home. There are many products on the market that can help you achieve your objective. They range from foggers and flea bombs to non-toxic products like Diatomaceous Earth. Rather than apply insecticides by yourself, it’s best to call a professional exterminator who’s specially qualified for the job.
Treat your pets
Fleas often gain access to your home by infesting your pets. As such, to ensure that the menace is well taken care of, it’s important to treat your pets for fleas. Your vet can recommend various ways in which to keep flea infestation under control. This may include spot-on flea repellants.
It’s important to understand that fleas are not easy to get rid. It’s not a process that takes place for one or two days. And if any fleas are left lying around, they lay eggs that hatch quickly. To ensure effectiveness, repeat the above routine for at least six weeks. Also, remember to treat your pet and house on the same day.
Bedbugs are pest animals that survive by sucking blood from warm-blooded animals. Somehow, they manage to make their way to homes and infest people as well as pets. Controlling and killing bedbugs at home is important as it ensures that the problem doesn’t spin out of control. The most effective way to achieve this is by using a Pest Management Professional (PMP). However, PMP’s can be very expensive and as such, here are less costly and effective ways to kill bedbugs.
This helps to capture and quickly contain bedbug infestation in your home. Concentrate on every nook and cranny including under your furniture, carpets, electronic devices, baseboards, dressers, beds and any other hiding places. If your vacuum cleaner has a bag, dispose of it immediately. If you are using a canister vacuum, empty the contents into a plastic bag and seal it before disposal. Be sure to check the vacuum for any remaining bedbugs.
This is a very effective method of killing bed bugs in your home if done appropriately. Rent a commercial steamer that can hold 1 gallon. Volume control is a bonus. An upholstery or floor attachment allows steam to penetrate drapes or furniture. Effective treatment of bedbugs will be achieved if the surface temperature of the object treated is 160-180 degree Fahrenheit immediately after treatment. To monitor the temperature, use an infrared thermometer.
Dry heat treatment
This treatment can only be administered by a PMP, who will ensure that the affected rooms and items reach the required temperature. Do not attempt this treatment by yourself.
Freezing items that have been infested by bedbugs is a very easy way to get rid of them. All that’s needed is time and a freezer. When freezing infested items, be sure to leave them in the freezer for at least four days at temperatures lower than 00 Fahrenheit. Note that not every item can be treated for bedbugs using this method as it would result in damage.
Use mattress covers
Treating bed bugs that make their way into the mattress can be a difficult task. To prevent that from happening, purchase a mattress cover. The bedbugs will start to die after a fortnight. It’s, however, important to keep the mattress cover for as long as 18 moths. Mattress covers can be easily cleaned in the event of new infestations. Mattress covers designed to stop allergens may not work so go for the ones labeled specifically for bedbugs.
Flea season can be hectic for you and your dog in the event that you don’t know how to kill fleas. Few regions of your home stay warm consistently, which can make a higher populace of fleas. The best measures are generally preventative in nature, however there are many approaches to kill or get rid of fleas after they already latch themselves onto your pet. Here are a couple of diverse approaches to get rid of fleas and prevent them from hurting your dog.
Wash your puppy with a flea and tick cleanser: These items will kill bugs on contact, and help to prevent your canine from tingling at fleas. Lather the bug cleanser into your puppy’s jacket and wash completely.
Apply a flea treatment to your pet consistently: Converse with your veterinarian about any items they suggest. You can purchase items from pet supply stores, your vet or in retail locations and from the online websites. Take after the treatment directions on the Product packet. Most bug medicines will kill any bugs that are currently present on your puppy and keep them from coming back with a routine application.
Put a flea collar on your puppy: Verify your vet suggests a decent flea collar in light of the fact that some of them contain unsafe and lethal fixings. They can likewise affect your dog’s nervous system.
Use a flea powder: Most pet owners lean toward medicines and shampoos to powder in light of the fact that flea powder can bring about dry skin on canines. But instead of this, powders are cheap and simple way to get from any store.
Spray your canine with normal oils: You can do this along with different treatments or all alone in the event that you need a natural approach to shield your pet from fleas. Purchase a spray with citronella, lavender, eucalyptus, cedar or lemongrass to repulse fleas normally. You can purchase mists from any general health or food stores.
Splash your floor coverings with vaporized bug sprays: Fleas use to hide in carpets, and a vaporized aerosol spray treatment can kill the fleas and their eggs, ensuring your canine.
Sprinkle your floor covering and furniture with flea powder: Most powders contain poisons, for example, boric acid, which will kill fleas however it can also be harmful for your puppy and different pets. Powders additionally leave some effects behind. Consider utilizing powders when you know you will be away for some time.
Utilize a fogger: These can be obtained from shops or pet supply stores and you can also enlist an exterminator to haze your home in the event that you have a flea infestation.