Five steps to get rid of fleas in your home fast!
A flea infestation is a nasty problem for everyone in your household. Fleas are voracious and persistent parasites who will feed on every red-blooded mammal in your home – including humans. Fleas are also notoriously difficult to get rid of once they’ve infested your home, as they spread and multiply rapidly. To permanently rid your pet and home of these bothersome pests, you need to act quickly and decisively.
You’ve discovered fleas on your dog or cat. You need to act fast! The secret is a dual approach: treat your pet AND your home. Don’t forget your other pets, because fleas spread and reproduce quickly.
How to get rid of fleas in your house
1. Treat your pet and all other animals
Even if you’ve only seen fleas on one pet, assume your other pets have them as well. Maintain a regular, long-term treatment schedule for all your pets to help put a stop to an infestation and prevent re-infestations in the future.
2. Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest wash setting
Wash your pet(s) bedding with very hot water to kill any remaining eggs or larvae. Continue rewashing the bedding in hot water at least once a week for three to eight weeks. Put it in a dryer on a hot setting, if possible. If it’s above freezing, you could also dry the bedding outside in direct sunlight. If your pet sleeps in or on your bed, make sure you wash all your linens and blankets as well.
3. Vacuum all the floors, carpets, rugs and sofas regularly and thoroughly
Remember to empty your vacuum cleaner and dispose of the bag after each use to prevent eggs from hatching inside, which could lead to another flea infestation in the future. Continue to vacuum at least once a week for three to eight weeks.
4. Don’t overlook fleas’ favourite hiding places!
Did you know that fleas also like to hide behind and under furniture and between floorboards? If your dog rides in your car with you, remember to vacuum any fabric surfaces inside your car, and make sure your pet sits on a blanket that can be changed and washed regularly.
5. Keep your pet protected against fleas
Stop fleas in their tracks! A regular flea prevention protocol is the best way to prevent a flea infestation. Make sure you explore the range of treatment options available to help protect your pet against fleas. After all, maintaining regular treatment is far less hassle than ridding your pet and your home of those pesky and persistent fleas.