Fleas are parasites that survive by consuming the blood of their hosts. Fleas can transmit diseases and parasites to their hosts, and they can make animals very ill if they’re severely infected. Read on to learn about how you can prevent fleas on your pets and in your home.
Prescription Flea Treatment
The best way to prevent and kill fleas on your pet is to use a prescription flea treatment every month. Before you use it, be sure to read the instructions carefully. Make sure that you understand the side effects and the proper dosage to avoid poisoning.
Maintain Your Yard
Maintaining your yard by mowing, pulling weeds and trimming your bushes will ensure that fleas and ticks stay away. Be sure to do work in your yard frequently.
Spray Your Yard
You may not want to spray your yard with flea and tick spray, but it’ll kill them and keep them away. It isn’t harmful for pets.
Comb your pet daily with a flea comb. Make sure to place a white towel or sheet underneath your pet to see if fleas or dried blood come out of your pet’s fur. Once you’re done, flush it all down the toilet.
You can use a flea or tick shampoo to get rid of the parasites in your pet’s fur. Warm water will help your pet’s skin irritation and reduce itching. If your pet is severely suffering from itching, use an oatmeal bath after using shampoo.
Be sure to vacuum your home frequently. Be sure to vacuum your carpet, area rugs, bare floors, furniture, pillows and bedding. If your vacuum comes with a crevice tool or other attachments, use them. Vacuum every crevice in your home. Fleas and ticks can be hiding under furniture and beds. Once you’re done vacuuming, dump what your vacuum picked up in a covered garbage bag. Don’t put the bag in your trash can.
Fleas and ticks will make you and your pet miserable. Flea bites look similar to mosquito bites, but they’re usually smaller. The most common symptoms of flea bites on humans include extreme itching, redness and swelling. Some humans experience an allergic reaction if they get bit by a flea, and they’ll likely experience a rash and hives. Lavender oil and peppermint oil are good treatment options to use if you get bit by a flea or tick.