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Crank Up the Vacuum Cleaner
If you rarely vacuum, fleas should inspire a change of habit.
Regular vacuuming lowers the number of fleas and their eggs from carpeting, cracks in wood floors, and on curtains and upholstered furniture. It also catches them under furniture. Don’t forget to vacuum the areas where your pet sleeps and eats. Empty the vacuum cleaner bin or throw away bags in a garbage can outside right away so the fleas can’t sneak back in.
For the parts of your home where you and your pets hang out the most, like the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms, vacuum every day. For everywhere else, do it once a week.
Wash Bedding in Hot, Soapy Water
Hot, soapy water kills fleas, so wash your cat or dog’s bed every week. And if your pets sleep in your bed or with your kids, make sure to wash everyone else’s bedding, too.
Use a Flea Comb
It may seem old school, but a flea comb with tiny teeth can do a good job of removing fleas from your pet. Do it outside, and focus on the neck area and the base of the tail. Keep a cup of soapy water beside you. Use it to dip the comb so you can drown the fleas.
Regular flea combing will also let you know how your flea control efforts are working.
Give Him a Bath
Once the house is vacuumed and the bedding is washed, give your dog a bath. Bathing your pet regularly will also help rid your home of fleas. Any soap will kill them, so you don’t have to use a flea bath. But make sure that the soap you use is safe for a cat or dog.
Some people like to finish the bath with a nice-smelling essential oil that may also help keep fleas away.
Before you do, know that some dogs and cats may have problems with oils with:
- Tea tree
These essential oils are less likely to cause problems if you use only a little bit:
- Cedar wood
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on February 18, 2018
COMMENTS FROM LOVINMYPUP.COM:
Here are step by step instructions to kill the fleas during an infestation. This season seems to be conducive to the spread of fleas. Make sure you check your animals. One cat with long hair had to be combed with a flea comb to even see the little “critters”. Hopefully you will never have to use these.