Getting rid of fleas is far easier than you might think, though it may not seem so, when in the middle of infestation, you might feel that you are eaten alive. One of the most important things is that there is nothing to worry about them, and with proper guidance and treatment, your home or pet will be totally flea free within no time.
You should not think that your dog, rabbit or cat are the one who have brought these unwelcome visitors in your house, as it is not their fault. Fleas simply love warm vertebrates and this includes humans too.
Once you see your dog, or cat scratching furiously with a red, tell tale itchy spot on their body and even on your body, then your pet or you have surely been made meal of. In their life-cycle, adult female flea lays 50-60 eggs a day and more than 650 in her lifetime. These eggs can either stay on your pet or may drop off wherever they go, at various places inside your house. These eggs will go through two more stages before developing into full fledged adults and then, cycle begins once again, which is the reason for their overwhelming presence inside the house.
So, How Do I Get Rid of Fleas From My House ?
Fleas usually end their lives on the host animal, but in reality your pests are not the source of flea infestation, but your home is. Fleas, as discussed above, begin their life cycle as eggs that are laid on the host, but then fall elsewhere inside the house. These eggs develop into large and feed on dried blood droppings and skin flakes. These eggs can even remain dormant for a year. Therefore, for, killing them is the first step. Getting rid of eggs and larvae is the next crucial step in getting rid of fleas. Here, we are discussing some of the most successful methods on how to kill fleas.
One of the most successful ways to rid your house of fleas is by using a flea bomb. This is covered in another article on this site, but here we are focusing on a less drastic measure that is still very effective if followed diligently.
You should collect everything that cannot be vacuumed and then wash it in a washer at the hottest setting using laundry detergent. This will immediately kill larvae and eggs. You should then vacuum everything else. You should vacuum corners, upholstery and cervices using various vacuum attachments. You should be thorough if you want to get rid of fleas. This step will clean all spots and help in killing most of them.
Once vacuuming is over, you should remove the vacuum bag and sprinkle some flea powder inside it and then seal it in some plastic bag and throw it in a trash can outside. As an additional safety measure, you should also get your carpet steamed cleaned by professionals to get rid of larvae and eggs than may be hanging to your carpet fibers.
Once everything inside your house becomes flea-free, you should use various home remedies for fleas to ensure that they do not make a comeback. This will ensure that your house remains flea free, but you should also incorporate some preventive habits to be on the safe side. Some of these are:
- You should wash your pet bedding on regular basis
- Vacuum should be done frequently to keep eggs and larvae from gathering on carpets.
- Pets should be kept current on flea medication.
All these methods will help in keeping things under control and can help you in get rid of fleas. When any remaining larvae hatch, they will try to cling onto your pet, but will be ultimately killed if you use keep your pet clean and use herbal soaps to give them a weekly wash.
Allergic Reactions to Flea Bites
Fleas actually inject their saliva when they bite, as this helps in preventing coagulation. This saliva causes allergic reactions in the humans and animals. In humans, it appears in the form of mild to severe itching, skin lesions, and dermatitis. You should try to apply camphor, calamine lotion, ice or menthol. You can use neem soap for bathing as it is natural disinfectant and can help. In case of serious allergies, you should consult your doctor as he/she may prescribe something that can help you in getting your infestation under control.
Many cats and dogs are quite allergic to fleas and may even chew themselves raw. With so many natural remedies, you need to let your pet suffer even for second. If your pets have been bitten recently, you can use natural flea soap to give them a thorough wash and apply some moisturizer to soothe their itching.
You can prevent the infestation of fleas in your house by keeping it clean, both indoors and outdoors. All your floors, carpets and corners of your house should be thoroughly vacuumed on regular basis.
You should keep your kitchen clean and cover up all food spills and immediately cover all food stuff. Water is also a breeding ground for fleas, so leaky pipes and joints should be immediately replaced. Place herbs such as lemon peel, bay leaves, dill, coriander or clove in the pantry shelves, or in the stored grain to keep fleas away.
Flea Infestation in Your Pets
You should give a regular bath to your dog using natural flea soap. You should leave soap on them for few minutes. This helps in suffocating the fleas. When its time, you can water down their coat with water, as this will drown the fleas. Aside from that, you should frequently wash soft dog toys, their bedding, human bedding if pets sleep on them and dog bedding.
If adult fleas have successfully trenched themselves in your pets fur, you can use flea comb to remove them. There are numerous advantages of combing. It not only removes adult fleas without using any chemicals, but also provides instant relief to you pet.
Adult fleas prefer the thick fur on pets and accumulate heavily in their neck, tail and near the face. So, these are the areas that you should concentrate on and are great home remedies for fleas on your pets.
You should also give your pets diet rich in EFA (Essential Fatty Acids) as this strengthens their immune system and makes them less attractive to fleas. Therefore, by following all these simple tips, you can be successful in getting rid of fleas from your pets and house.
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